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2018年3月29日 星期四

MORNING RECON: What the F-35 Can Learn From F-22 Upgrades; F-15C Fighters In Oregon; Army's Augmented Reality Coming for Soldiers; South Korea's F-35

3/29/2018
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Morning Recon


Good Thursday morning and welcome to MORNING RECON.  On this day in 1945, General George S. Patton's 3rd Army captures Frankfurt, as "Old Blood and Guts" continues his march east. Frankfurt am Main, literally "On the Main" River, in western Germany, was the mid-19th century capital of Germany (it was annexed by Prussia in 1866, ending its status as a free city). Once integrated into a united German nation, it developed into a significant industrial city-and hence a prime target for Allied bombing during the war.

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NATIONAL

Trump, Kim, and the Deal of the Century
By Sam Roggeveen, the interpreter: "By the time the summit occurs, attention on this historic event will be intense enough to rival the superpower summits of the Cold War."

White House Physician Nominated to Lead VA
By Hope Yen & Zeke Miller, AP: "President Donald Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and nominated White House doctor Ronny Jackson to replace him following a bruising ethics scandal and a mounting rebellion within the agency."

Trump Picks Missile Defense Guru for Top Pentagon Position
By Joe Gould, Defense News: "President Donald Trump has tapped a new assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities — Marine Corps University's James Anderson — the White House announced late Wednesday."

HUD 3.0: The Army's Augmented Reality Coming for Infantry
By Sydney Freedberg, Breaking Defense: "In 18 months, U.S. Army soldiers will test a new helmet-mounted display, nicknamed HUD 3.0, that could help them aim better, navigate better, and even train against virtual enemies projected onto their field of view."

What the F-35 Can Learn From F-22 Upgrades
By Lara Seligman, Aviation Week: "Before there was "C2D2," the Star Wars-evoking acronym for Lockheed Martin's F-35 upgrade program, there was the F-22 Raptor's "Scaled Agile Framework," or SAFe."

All F-15C Fighters Grounded at Oregon Training Base
By Oriana Pawlyk, Military.com: "A portion of the Air National Guard's F-15 Eagle fleet at Kingsley Field, Oregon, has been grounded over significant maintenance issues affecting the aircraft's structure, Military.com has learned." 

Enterprise: The Best Aircraft Carrier the Navy Ever Built?​
By Robert Farley, The National Interest: "Shortly before USS Enterprise went to the breakers, a new ship bearing the name was laid down; CVN-65, the world's first nuclear aircraft carrier."

INTERNATIONAL

U.S., SOUTH KOREA: First F-35 for South Korea Rolled Out
By Gareth Jennings, IHS Jane's 360: "The first Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) for South Korea was rolled out of the Fort Worth production facility in Texas on 28 March."

U.S., YEMEN: Pentagon: U.S. Refueling Cuts Civilian Deaths in Yemen
By Jack Detsch, Al-Monitor: "U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said the Pentagon is boosting efforts to cut down on civilian harm in Yemen, even as refueling of Saudi and Emirati jets in the war-torn country continues despite opposition from Congress."

U.S., LIBYA: American Forces Kill Senior Al Qaeda Leader in Libya
By Bill Roggio & Alexandra Gutowski, FDD's Long War Journal: "Dawud was an established jihadist who had been in the fight for at least three decades. The U.S. State Department formally added Dawud its list of Specially Designated Global Terrorist in May 2016, and noted that he "began engaging in terrorist activity as early as 1992.""

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS 

SWO Commanding Officers Need Mentors
By John P. Cordle, Proceedings Magazine: "A quick review of Navy Times over the past few years will show examples of O-6-level COs who were fired for leadership failures. Whenever such a firing was announced, Facebook would light up with former crew members saying, "I saw that coming" and "He never should have made it that far.""

Privatization of VA Eye Care 
By Joseph Hammond, RealClearDefense: "Reports suggest the VA's provision of integrated eye care for veterans in a bid to save money could be at risk."

The Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media
By Todd Rosenblum, The Cipher Brief: "The essential revenue model for "free" social media access is that our user data is the commodity to be collected and sold to influencers."

Chinese Nuclear Capabilities and Competition With the U.S.
By Lorenzo Termine, RealClearDefense: "The NPR points that while the U.S. was seeking a smaller, less dangerous and less powerful atomic stockpile, the PRC moved in the opposite direction, increasing and modernizing its own."

Fewer Checks, More Balancing:
How Xi Jinping's Consolidation of Power Changes the Risk of War

By Stephan Pikner, Strategy Bridge: "Since modern China has always been led by a highly authoritarian regime, is the shift from consensus-based decision making by Party elites to a more personalist style of rule merely a distinction without a difference? Does the consolidation of power under President Xi matter, particularly to issues of war and peace?"

South China Sea: The Philippine Fissure
By Jay Batongbacal, the interpreter: "A new normal is evident in the South China Sea disputes. Last week, Philippine Secretary of Defense Delfin Lorenzana revealed that China continues to exchange radio challenges and responses with Philippine aircraft patrols and resupply missions in the West Philippine Sea. "

A Tale of Two Interventions: Russia and the U.S. Face Off in Syria
By Erik Grossman, Small Wars Journal: "After the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States and its Western allies were able to intervene in regional conflicts around the globe uncontested by major powers, a development which has long distressed the Russian government. With a renewed Russian power able to project a significant force beyond its own borders, this era is in freefall."

Russia and NATO: Talking Their Way Out of Another Cold War
By James Stavridis, Bloomberg Quint: "Finally, at the strategic level, there is much to discuss. While these senior military officers are not in charge of their nations' strategies, they can certainly illuminate them for each other."

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