2018年4月30日 星期一

MORNING RECON: America's Unknown Soldier, Can North Korea Really Give Up Its Nukes?, F-22 Production Killed for Stealth Bomber; Army's Leap-Ahead Tech

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Good Monday morning and welcome to MORNING RECON.  On this day in 1945. U.S. Seventh Army's 45th Infantry Division liberates Dachau, the first concentration camp established by Germany's Nazi regime. A major Dachau subcamp was liberated the same day by the 42nd Rainbow Division. 
Today's Top Stories


Leap-Ahead Technologies: Could They Be the Army's Undoing?
By Matthew Cox, Military.com: "The U.S. Army is locked on a path to replace its tanks, helicopters and other major combat systems -- a daunting venture in itself. But the true challenge for the service may be avoiding the minefield of mistakes that led to the multibillion-dollar demise of another leap-ahead plan, Future Combat Systems, less than a decade ago."

U.S. Army Reveals Next-Gen Aircraft Plans
By James Drew, Aviation Week: "Brig. Gen. Walter Rugen, director of the Army's Future Vertical Lift (FVL) Cross-Functional Team, says Army Aviation has been "outnumbered and outranged" by the weapon systems of potential adversaries, specifically Russia's."

The Corps Is on Track to Fully Field the M38 Marksman Rifle
By Shawn Snow, Marine Corps Times: "The M38 is a marksman version of the M27 IAR, born out of the lessons learned from Iraq and Afghanistan for the need to hit enemy targets at 600 meters."

DoD Cloud Solution: Troops to 'Dominate in the Battlefield'
From Army-Technology: "Machine learning and data processing abilities at machine speeds are set to be critical factors in providing advantages to soldiers in the future."

F-22 Production Was Killed so That a New Bomber Could Live
By Tyler Rogoway, The WarZone: "Retired Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz has stated in his new memoir that F-22 production was idiotically axed after building less than half the required number so that the flying force could get then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to approve building a new stealth bomber."

Demographics of the U.S. Military
By George M. Reynolds & Amanda Shendruk, CFR: "Now, this group comprises just under 1.29 million, or less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. population. Who are they? Where are they from? How diverse are they?"


U.S., AFGHANISTAN: Islamic State Claims Deadly Double Suicide Attack in Kabul
By Rahim Faiez & Amir Shah, AP: "A coordinated double suicide bombing by the Islamic State group hit central Kabul on Monday morning, killing at least 25 people, including eight journalists."

U.S., NATO: Inside NATO's Joint Air Power Strategy
By Gareth Evans, Airforce-Technology: "On 15 February, NATO Defence Ministers formally approved a joint air power strategy, marking the latest development in work that began during the 2014 Wales Summit, to give air defence the "longer-term consideration" then called for by the assembled national leaders. So what does it contain?"

WEST AFRICA: Al Qaeda Affiliate Claims Attacks in West Africa
By Caleb Weiss, FDD's Long War Journal: "The suicide attack in Timbuktu, which was large and ambitious in scale, resulted in a complete tactical failure for the jihadists."


What's Next for Third Fleet Forward?
By Benjamin B. Foster, Proceedings Magazine: "The U.S. Third Fleet was born out of necessity, forged during the peak of the war in the Pacific."

Finished Intelligence for the Tip of the Spear
By Martin J. McCloud, Small Wars Journal: "While the fundamentals of intelligence production and dissemination remain the same, advancements in technology have significantly improved the manner and speed in which the Military Intelligence Brigade (Theater) publishes and distributes finished intelligence."

Three Questions to Fix Army Mandatory Training
By Mike Ferguson, War Room: "We must make difficult choices and prioritize what is most important to field a lethal, resilient, and rapidly adapting Joint Force.  – 2018 National Defense Strategy"

The Untold Story of America's Unknown Soldier
By David Retherford, Strategy Bridge: "The story of the Unknown Soldier is the story of every unknown American who served in the United States military during the First World War. But this is the story of the soldiers who carried home the Unknown Soldier's remains."

Next Steps for U.S. Policy in Syria and Iraq
By James Phillips & Luke Coffey, The Heritage Foundation: "The U.S. has strategic interests in both Syria and Iraq. The challenge for policymakers is formulating a policy that advances these interests without a risky and costly mission creep toward the overly ambitious goal of nation-building."

The U.S. Needs a Syria Strategy
By Shlomo Ben-Ami, The Strategist (ASPI): "In the last seven years, nearly a half-million Syrian citizens have been killed and seven million have been made refugees. Meanwhile, an unholy alliance has formed among Shia zealots, represented by Iran and Hezbollah, and a Russian government committed to unravelling the post-Cold War order and radically changing the strategic game in the Middle East."

Why the F-35 Isn't Good Enough for Japan
By Abraham Ait, The Diplomat: "Tokyo looks to American and indigenous alternatives as a result of the joint strike fighter's shortcomings."

Deciphering Symbols at the Inter-Korean Summit
By Khang Vu, the interpreter: "Many signs might suggest this newest declaration does not address the specifics of Pyongyang's intention regarding its nuclear arsenal.."

Questions About China's First Domestically Built Carrier
By Bonnie Glaser & Matthew P. Funaiole, CSIS: "China is working toward incrementally matching some of the best carrier technology in the world, and the Type 001A is a big step in that direction

Inter-Korean Summit Risks Compromising U.S.' Most Formidable Pacific Asset
From Military Watch: "Jim Mattis stated during a meeting at the Pentagon regarding the possible withdrawal of troops from the Korean Peninsula on the day of the Moon-Kim summit: "Well, that's part of the issues that we'll be discussing in the negotiations with our allies first and, of course, with North Korea.""

Can North Korea Really Give Up Its Nukes?
By Rodger Baker, Stratfor: "North Korea's grand strategy is centered on a single goal: the unification of the Korean Peninsula. This stems from the North's reading of Korean history."
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