2018年3月27日 星期二

MORNING RECON: Send Navy Ships to the Baltic and Black Seas; Stumbling Into a War With Russia?; BAE Systems Demos 40mm Cannon; F-35s for Taiwan?

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Good Tuesday morning and welcome to MORNING RECON.  On this day in 2003, Operation Warrior Sweep involved a deployment of about 1,000 soldiers of the Afghan National Army, together with U.S.-led coalition troops, in the Zormat Valley region and the 3,260 meter-high peaks of the Ayubkhel Valley in the southern Paktia province in Afghanistan.The operation was in response to intelligence reports that some Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives were active in the area. It marked the first major combat operation for the Afghan troops. 

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Give Taiwan the F-35 to Deter China, Top Senators Tell Trump
By Joe Gould, Defense News: "Sens. John Cornyn and Jim Inhofe sent the letter to Trump on Monday, days after Taiwan defense officials confirmed their long-standing interest in the F-35."

NSC Readies Major Overhaul in US Arms Exports
By Paul McCleary, Breaking Defense: "The Trump Administration is putting the final touches on a plan to speed up arms sales to allies, and play catchup to China and Israel in selling armed drones."

Army Moving Forward With New Futures Command
By Connie Lee, National Defense Magazine: ""I don't want to put it on a military installation," McCarthy told reporters after his speech. "We need access to commercial industry and academia.""

Army to Test Next-Gen Combat Vehicles This Year
By Matthew Cox, Kit Up!: "Developing the NGCV to replace the fleet of Cold-War era M1 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles is the Army's second modernization priority under a new strategy to reform acquisition and modernization."

First New Air Force Tanker to Arrive This Year With Expanded Mission
By Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven: "The first new, high-tech next-generation KC-46A aerial refueling tanker will be delivered to the service later this year, marking the beginning of a long-sought-after effort to replace the current aging fleet and better enable attack and ISR missions around the globe."

BAE Systems Demos 40mm Cannon​
By Jen Judson, Defense News: "The United States has experienced a troubled history with a variety of foreign interventions since achieving definitive victory in the Second World War. These failures may hold insights for the seemingly interminable—and troublingly similar—NATO campaign in Afghanistan."

Microwave and Laser Weapons Knock Drones Out of the Sky
By Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics: "Two so-called Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-UAS) tested by the Army are the Raytheon high power microwave (HPM) and high energy laser (HEL). Together, the two weapons burned a total of 45 drones during a recent Army exercise, plus some mortar projectiles."

Setting the Record Straight:
Loss of the USS Indianapolis and the Question of Clarence Donnor

By Richard Hulver & Sara Vladic, Proceedings Magazine: "On 12 August 1945, Charles and Ruth Donnor got the worst news a parent can receive. A Navy telegram arrived at their home in Big Rapids, Michigan, informing them that their son, Clarence William Donnor, radio technician second class, was missing in action."


U.S., RUSSIA:  Kicking Out Russian Spies May Give U.S. Intel Black Eye
From The Cipher Brief: "The U.S., EU and other Western allies announced Monday that they would expel a total of more than 100 Russian diplomats they claim are spies, in retaliation for the nerve agent attack on former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain. "


Is America Winning to Lose in Afghanistan?
By Nathan Jennings, RealClearDefense: "The United States has experienced a troubled history with a variety of foreign interventions since achieving definitive victory in the Second World War. These failures may hold insights for the seemingly interminable—and troublingly similar—NATO campaign in Afghanistan."

Beating Iran With Our Carrots and Ignoring Our Sticks
By Michael Hayden, The Cipher Brief: "I was never a fan of the arrangement. I thought that we could have demanded a better deal, especially since Iran should have been the supplicant here, not us."

Overcoming the Death of Moore's Law: The Role of Software Advances
and Non- Semiconductor Technologies in the Future Defense Environment

By Stuart Vanweele & Ralph Tillinghast, Small Wars Journal: "The Army should lead core technologies when it is imperative and when only the Army will or can lead, shape other technologies by leveraging industrial and academic work to meet Army-specific applications and watch developing technology trends which may impact the Army mission."

The Once and Future Infowars
By T.S. Allen, War on the Rocks: "Violence, like Twitter, is a means of communication. If we do not understand it as such, its place in international relations makes no sense."

Send Navy Ships to the Baltic and Black Seas
By Jerry Hendrix, National Review: "Basing American vessels there would reassure our allies and restrain Putin."

The Counterterrorism Yearbook 2018
By Sofia Patel, The Strategist (ASPI): "Three key factors defined the terrorist threat landscape in 2017: the international coalition's military dismantling of Islamic State's (IS) caliphate, and their return to a nebulous insurgency structure; increased IS activity in South East Asia catalysed by the battle for Marawi; and the potential resurgence of al-Qaeda."

Truth, Power, and the Academy: A Response to Hal Brands​
By John Glaser, War on the Rocks: "On a host of issues, there is an enormous gap between scholarship on international relations and the policy consensus in Washington."

Stumbling Into a War With Russia​
By Dave Majumdar, The National Interest: "Given the poisonous relationship between Washington and Moscow, chances that the two great powers might face off in a military confrontation are growing."

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