2018年3月21日 星期三

MORNING RECON: Hypersonic Missile Vulnerability; Laser Dune Buggy; AI to Dream up Weird New Helicopters?; Revamping the Army's Tactical Network

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Good Wednesday morning and welcome to MORNING RECON.  On this day in 1791, Hopley Yeaton of New Hampshire was commissioned as "Master of a Cutter in the Service of the United States for the Protection of the Revenue." This first commission of a seagoing officer of the United States was signed by George Washington and attested to by Thomas Jefferson. Twelve other commissions of officers of revenue cutters were signed on the same date.  
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How Trump Can Separate North Korea From Its Nukes
By Joseph DeTrani, The Cipher Brief: "During two years of intense negotiations with North Korea, from August 2003 to September 2005, North Korea's constant refrain to U.S. negotiators was, 'Accept us as a nuclear weapons state and we'll be a good friend of the U.S.'"

Five Myths About Pentagon Weapons Programs
By Frank Kendall, Defense One: "There is an unfortunate array of mythological perceived wisdom in Washington about the development, testing, and production of America's cutting-edge weapons."

Navy Still Struggling With Readiness Balance
By Ben Werner, USNI News: "Uneven readiness preparations favored funding deployed forces over those based in the U.S., creates a "tale of two navies" that persists, service leaders told a congressional panel on Tuesday."

Raytheon's Laser Dune Buggy
By Richard Sisk, DefenseTech: "It may look like R2-D2 from Star Wars slapped on top of a dune buggy, but Raytheon says its new laser weapon holds the promise of providing maneuver formations with portable air defenses against drones."

Marines Moving Out on Modernization Priorities 
By Otto Kreisher, USNI News: "With the help of the higher defense funding promised for this year and the next, the Marine Corps is moving out to modernize its combat capabilities to match the rising strategic threats from China and Russia."

Navy to Pick First Carrier-Launched Drone 
By Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven: "A central key question informs the core of this technology effort: What if the attack capability if its fighters, such as an F-18 or F-35C, could double the range at which they hold enemy targets at risk?"

U.S. Lacks Defense Against Hypersonic Missiles
By Bill Gertz, The Washington Free Beacon: "Stratcom urges the U.S. to win the hypersonic arms race with own high-speed missiles and new space sensors."

U.S. Military Wants AI to Dream up Weird New Helicopters
By Jackie Snow, MIT Technology Review: "A DARPA project aims to see if machine learning can change the way complex engineering systems are designed."

Revamping the Army's Tactical Network
By Connie Lee, National Defense Magazine: "Gallagher noted some of his team's tasks include examining a "unified network transport" that will come after the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, or WIN-T."

B1-B Bomber Successfully Test Fires New Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile
By Franz-Stephan Gady, The Diplomat: "The U.S. Air Force and U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin successfully tested a production configuration Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) from a B-1B Lancer long-range strategic bomber over Point Mugu Sea Range in California."

Paul Allen Finds Sullivan Brothers' Cruiser USS Juneau (VIDEO)
By Sam LaGrone, USNI News: "The research team funded by billionaire Paul Allen has found the wreckage of the Atlanta-class cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52) near the Solomon Islands, according to a Monday announcement."


U.S., PAKISTAN: Pakistan Is Feeling U.S. Pressure. Now What?
By Daniel Markey, The Cipher Brief: "After a short trip to Pakistan last week, I return to Washington convinced that the Trump administration's new coercive approach toward Islamabad is working, at least in the narrow sense that it has grabbed the attention of Pakistani decision-makers and forced them to take notice of U.S. demands."

SOUTH KOREA: South Korea to Deploy 'Artillery Killer'
By Jeff Jeong, Defense News: "The South Korean Army plans to deploy surface-to-surface missiles in a newly created counter-artillery brigade by October."

United Kingdom: U.K. Outlines the Case for a Modern Defence
By George Allison, UK Defence Journal: "After 1990, we believed the world was going to become a safer and better place with every year that passed. Just as we have believed there would be only one superpower."


All Politics Is Local…and So Is National Security
By Darren E. Tromblay, Just Security: "Foreign state and non-state actors can benefit from targeting state and local governments, which are likely less savvy about national security threats but which still can have a significant impact on U.S. strategic interests."

Critical Nodes in Center of Gravity Analysis
By Jessica Dawson, Strategy Bridge: "Center of gravity analysis is designed to identify those factors that enable the enemy to fight or impact their will to fight."

Immigrant Service Members Get the Job Done
By John P. Cordle, Proceedings Magazine: "According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), less than half a percent of the U.S. population is currently serving in the military—and only about 7 percent have ever served. It is not well known inside or outside of the military, but a significant number of military personnel are not U.S. citizens."

Women on the Front Lines: Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester – Silver Star Recipient
By Katherine Harris, OpsLens: "Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester was awarded the Silver Star for valor at a ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq in June of 2005 for actions while in combat. Not since World War II when a handful of Army nurses were awarded Silver Stars back in World War II for evacuating a hospital under enemy fire has a woman received this award."

Countering Russian Aggression in the 21st Century
By Lionel Beehner & Liam Collins, Modern War Institute: "Over the past year, the United States has dusted off its international relations textbooks from the Cold War era and prioritized "revisionist powers" like the Russian Federation and China in terms of reshaping its military strategy and doctrine."

Confident Kim
By Rod Lyon, The Strategist (ASPI): "So, is Kim looking to cut a deal? Yes, probably. Isn't that good news? Not necessarily: the problem concerns the nature of the deal he's willing to cut."

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