2018年4月16日 星期一

MORNING RECON: Anti-Access Air and Missile Defense; More Stringent F-35 Standards; R. Lee Ermey Dies at 74; 5 Reasons Veterans Leave Civilian Jobs

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Good Monday morning and welcome to MORNING RECON.  On this day in 1944, the Coast Guard-manned destroyer escort USS Joyce (DE-317), along with her sister ship USS Peterson and a Navy DE sank the U-550 off New York after the U-boat torpedoed a tanker that was part of a convoy the warships were escorting to England. 

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Trump Has Rare Meeting of Full National Security Team to Discuss Afghanistan
From The Cipher Brief: ""No nation can succeed by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants," and dictators, he said. "Russia must decide if it will continue down this dark path" or join with "civilized nations.""

Mattis Task Force: Stop Wasting Infantry's Time​
By Sydney Freedberg, Breaking Defense: "Finding $2.4 billion for new infantry equipment was just the start for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's Close Combat Lethality Task Force. Now they're taking on the hard part: getting the military to stop wasting the troops' time."​

F-35 Delivery Pause Indicative of More Stringent Pentagon Standards​
By Valerie Insinna, Defense News: "Both the Defense Department and Lockheed Martin had become too relaxed in ensuring deliveries of new F-35s met requirements, but recent pause on F-35 deliveries exemplifies how the department will now hold Lockheed to stricter standards, the Pentagon's top acquisition official said Friday."

Pentagon Could Kill F-35 JPO, But Not Until 2035
By Lara Seligman, Aviation Week: "The Pentagon is laying the groundwork to dissolve the F-35 Joint Program Office, which has been the single hub for management of the global Joint Strike Fighter program since its inception."

Army Shows Off Next-Level Tech at Fort Leonard Wood
From AP: "The U.S. Army is training troops to use 3D printers to build concrete barracks, or to use drones to gather intelligence in contaminated spots that might be dangerous for soldiers."

The M1 Abrams New Hostile Fire Detection System​
By Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven: "The Army is engineering new Hostile Fire Detection sensors for its fleet of armored combat vehicles to identify, track and target enemy small arms fire."

Boeing's KC-46 Next-Gen Tanker Will Set the Global Standard​
By Loren Thompson, Forbes: "Boeing is developing a versatile aerial refueling tanker for the U.S. Air Force that will be a game-changer for the joint force and overseas allies."​

5 Reasons Veterans Leave Civilian Jobs
By Lida Citroen, Military.com: "A 2014 study from VetAdvisor and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families IVMF) at Syracuse University found that nearly half of all veterans leave their first post-military position within a year, and between 60% and 80% of veterans leave their first civilian jobs before their second work anniversary. "

'Full Metal Jacket' Actor R. Lee Ermey Dies at 74
By Lindsey Bahr, AP: "Born Ronald Lee Ermey in 1944, Ermey served 11 years in the Marine Corps and spent 14 months in Vietnam and then in Okinawa, Japan, where he became staff sergeant."


U.S., AFGHANISTAN: Afghan Mission Releases District-Level Assessments
By Bill Roggio & Alexandra Gutowski, FDD's Long War Journal: "For the first time, the military has released district-level assessments of control in Afghanistan."

FRANCE: France's Only Aircraft Carrier: Super Weapon or Paper Tiger?
By Robert Farley, The National Interest: "How did France build its naval aviation force, what does it do today and what direction will France take next?"


The U.S. Is Building Its Own Anti-Access Air and Missile Defense System
By Daniel Gouré, RealClearDefense: "Soon, the U.S. will have a layered capability that links every sensor with any shooter to create a truly integrated anti-access air and missile defense."

Self-Development Requires Self-Direction:
Recommendations to Improve the Army Leader Development Model

By Franklin C. Annis, Small Wars Journal: "As the complexity of war increases and training time remains finite, the U.S. Army will be increasingly depended on self-directed learning to maintain dominance of the modern battlefield."

The Navy Can Learn from Coast Guard Lessons​
By Nicholas Monacelli, Proceedings Magazine: "While history does not repeat itself, one can often hear its echo. The Coast Guard faced a similar reckoning in 1980, following the loss of three Coast Guard cutters and 51 lives."​

What Would a Naval Clash over Syria Look Like?​
By James Holmes, The National Interest: "It feels like 1973 again in the Mediterranean Sea. That's when the Soviet Navy administered a rude shock to Western navies in the Eastern Mediterranean, deploying a squadron that outnumbered the Italy-based U.S. Sixth Fleet during that year's Arab-Israeli war."​

Syria Strikes: Mission Accomplished?
By Daniel Flitton, the interpreter: "Given it is just one year since the U.S. last struck Syrian targets following a chemical weapons attack, the latest claim won't wash for many."

Syria a Symptom of a Broken International Order
By Ramesh Thakur, The Strategist (ASPI): "Others will discuss the strategic context and consequences of the allied air strikes on Syria. As a student of UN-centric global governance, I want to make the larger 'structural' argument that—considered in its totality—the strikes reflect and will further contribute to a broken system of international order."

Hubris: The Tragedy of War in the Twentieth Century
By Walker D. Mills, Strategy Bridge: "British historian Alistair Horne ties together five key battles in the first part of the twentieth century with one word—hubris."

Overstating the Threat Posed by the Erroneously Called 'Lone-Wolves'
By Cristina Ariza, Divergent Options: "Media outlets, commentators, and prosecutors continue to use the 'lone wolf' typology to refer to any kind of individual attacker, which overlooks how the majority of these perpetrators have radicalized in contact with other like-minded individuals. As a result, the threat arising from supposedly 'undetectable terrorists' has been markedly overstated, to the point of sowing unnecessary fear."

DoD's Lack of Momentum on the Women, Peace and Security Act
By Jody L. Barth, Small Wars Journal: "Seven years ago, President Obama released the inaugural United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS), a document that helped various institutions within our government coordinate efforts to advance women's inclusion in peace negotiations, peace building activities, and conflict prevention and response."

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