2018年3月15日 星期四

MORNING RECON - Presented by USAA: Dismantling Contemporary Military Thinking; The Navy's Next-Gen Network; Mackinder and Mahan: Chinese Geopolitics

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Good Thursday morning and welcome to MORNING RECON.  On this day in 1783, General George Washington personally addresses the regular meeting of officers at Newburgh, New York, advising moderation and patience, and promising expeditious congressional action on the salary and pension demands of the soldiers. A week later Congress allots the officers a lump sum equaling five years' pay each. 

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Trump's Call for a 'Space Force' Could Transform How America Wages War
By Loren Thompson, Forbes: "There has been much talk in military circles recently about how space and the electromagnetic spectrum are emerging as distinct warfighting domains, just as important as air, land and sea."

Career Advice for Pompeo: Reassure Allies, Stick Close to Mattis
By James Stavridis, Bloomberg: "What should the presumptive 70th secretary of state be thinking about right now? "

Air Force Awards Big Contracts to SpaceX and ULA
By Sandra Erwin, SpaceNews: "The contracts include launch vehicle production, mission integration, launch operations and spaceflight certification. The missions will be launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station or Kennedy Space Center, Florida."

Faced With MARSOC Shortages, the Corps Boosts Budget Request
By Shawn Snow, Marine Corps Times: "In order to plug gaps in its elite special operations units, the Corps wants to grow by 300 more Marines than it originally submitted for in its recent budget."

Air Force Has 79,000 Waiting for Security Clearances
By Scott Maucione, Federal News Radio: ""Our biggest challenge with security clearances is getting them through it in the first place," Wilson told the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on March 14."

Army Develops 'Offensive' Electronic Attack for Drones
By Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven: "The Army's Rapid Equipping Force is looking to arm its Gray Eagle drone with new, more targeted and lethal electronic warfare weapons to widen attack mission possibilities and provide commanders with a more expansive range of offensive options.

Defiant Undergoing Rigorous Testing Prior to First Flight
By Jen Judson, Defense News: "The Army's Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program allows for yearlong flight test programs for both the Bell V-280 Valor tiltrotor aircraft and Defiant. The V-280 took its first flight while Defiant is still working toward that milestone."

Two Naval Aviators Killed After Super Hornet Crash off Key West​
By Sam LaGrone, USNI News: "The new contract, the Next Generation Enterprise Networks Re-compete (NGEN-R), will continue support for both NMCI and MCEN while expanding its responsibilities to include the OCONUS Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-Net) that supports users outside the continental United States."


U.S., QATAR: State Department Shake-Up Leaves Qatar Hanging
By Jack Detsch, Al-Monitor: "In ousting his chief diplomat on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump has eliminated a key champion for ending the monthslong Gulf crisis over Qatar and left U.S. plans to resolve the dispute in flux."

U.S., YEMEN: U.S. Quietly Continues Yemen Air Campaign
By Bill Roggio & Alexandra Gutowski, FDD's Long War Journal: "The United States' air campaign in Yemen has shown no signs of slowing down. U.S. forces conducted 12 airstrikes against terrorist groups in Yemen over the last month that were not publicly announced, FDD's Long War Journal has learned."

U.S., IRAN: Iranian Naval Forces Halt 'Provocations'
By Robert Burns, AP: "Iranian naval forces appear to have deliberately halted their provocations of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf in recent months, a U.S. military official said Thursday."

CHINA: China to Commence Research on Sixth-Gen Fighter
From DefenseWorld: "China is preparing to commence research on a sixth-generation fighter aircraft from experience gained in the developing the fifth-generation J-20 stealth jet, its most modern fighter to date."


Getting the Navy's Next Generation Network Right
By Daniel Gouré, RealClearDefense: "The new contract, the Next Generation Enterprise Networks Re-compete (NGEN-R), will continue support for both NMCI and MCEN while expanding its responsibilities to include the OCONUS Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-Net) that supports users outside the continental United States."

U.S. Military Must Be Employed for America's Vital Interests
By Daniel DePetris, RealClearDefense: "If any nation needs to become more involved in Africa's counterterrorism efforts, it is the likes of Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and the U.K."

Mackinder and Mahan: The Chinese Geopolitics in South Asia
By Jennifer Loy, RealClearDefense: "The partnership of Mackinder and Mahan's theories are found within the PRC's One Belt One Road (OBOR) project. "

Dismantling Contemporary Military Thinking
By Bradley L. Rees, Small Wars Journal: "Despite the r/evolutionary tenets of warfare that came from precise applications of scientific and technological doctrines, the Modern/Technical School's misinterpretation of much of Clausewitzian theory ultimately manifested in an over-adherence to Jominian mechanics, Napoleonic maneuver, and von Moltke the Elder's approach to the application of force."

Russia, Novichok and the Future of the Chemical Weapons Convention
By Michael Shoebridge, The Strategist (ASPI): "Just over 20 years ago, the Chemical Weapons Convention came into force. It's hard to get the international community to agree on anything, but 192 states signed and ratified the convention because of the simple, horrific and indiscriminate suffering that chemical weapons inflict on human beings."

Russia: The Counter-Intelligence State
By Stephen Blank, the interpreter: "Vladimir Putin's family comes from the "organs", as he himself has implied. His grandfather was Lenin's and Stalin's cook for several years in the 1920s, and he has been imbued with their ethic for all of his life."

Military Psychology—New Pivot of Russian Military Strategy
By Sergey Sukhankin, Eurasia Daily Monitor: "The current wave of interest in military psychology is primarily related to Russia's strong desire to catch up with the United States, which has achieved impressive results in this domain."

Post-ISIS Antagonists and the Looming Struggle
By Luke T. Calhoun, Strategy Bridge: "No amount of money, reconstruction, or reconciliation will undo the cumulative effects of decades of collective war in Iraq and Syria. Once this conclusion is accepted, it is productive to define what the current insurgency evolves from and may become."

Fault on Both Sides: 25 Years of North Korea Negotiations
By Mike Chinoy, The Cipher Brief: "With the prospect of Donald Trump holding a summit with Kim Jong Un in the near future, it's worth looking back at the history of American negotiations with North Korea over the past 25 years."

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