2018年4月17日 星期二

MORNING RECON: F-35 Air-to-Air Missiles Hit 2 Drones at Once; B-52s Shatter Vietnam-Era Records; New AUMF?; Innovation and the Challenger Mentality

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Morning Recon

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to MORNING RECON.  On this day in 1960, the International Control Commission, which oversees the implementation of the Geneva Agreements of 1954, agrees to A South Vietnamese government request for the United States to double it's Military Advisory Assistance Group (MAAG) presence to 685.North Vietnam protests the approval and accuses the United States of turning South Vietnam into 'a US military base for the preparation of a new war.' 
Today's Top Stories


How Trump Can Actually Reach 'Mission Accomplished' in Syria
By James Stavridis, Bloomberg View: "The allied strike was executed flawlessly, but it probably won't stop Assad on chemical weapons."

Senate Introduces New War Authorization With No Expiration Date
By Joe Gould, Defense News: "The proposed bill would cover all terrorist groups the U.S. is currently fighting, and it would not restrict the president from taking immediate action against enemies in other global hot spots."

Pentagon Cited Boeing Over Quality Concerns
By Anthony Capaccio, Bloomberg: "Flaws at Boeing's St. Louis aircraft production facility ranged from missing, backwards and out-of-specification fasteners found on undelivered F/A-18s and F-15s to oversized holes, missing components and incorrect parts installed on the factory's production line."

F-35 Air-to-Air Missiles Hit 2 Drones at Once in Test
By Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven: "An F-35 pilot fired two Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles at maneuvering drones in the air, brining synchronized attack to a new level for the aircraft, using an integrated targeting sensor, called the Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS)"

Coast Guard Icebreaker Competition Under Way
By Yasmin Tadjdeh, National Defense Magazine: "With the Coast Guard's sole heavy-duty polar icebreaker quickly reaching the end of its life, the sea service has kicked off a competition that will pit some of the United States' most storied shipyards against each other as they vie for the opportunity to build the nation's next polar vessel."

USS Columbia Will Be Ready for First Deterrence Patrol in 2031
By Ben Werner, USNI News: "The major components of what will be on Columbia are "on schedule and on track to support" a 2028 launch and a 2031 patrol, SSP director Vice Adm. Terry J. Benedict said."

In Syria Strike, F-22 Raptor Once Again Left on Combat Sidelines
By Oriana Pawlyk, DoD Buzz: "The Air Force fifth-generation stealth fighter was not flying alongside a pair of B-1B Lancer bombers that dropped missiles on Syrian targets. Nor was it conducting overwatch in the area as the bombers for the first time deployed the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range in combat during Saturday's strikes against a chemical lab and two equipment facilities, according to U.S. Air Force Central Command."

Air Force B-52s Shatter Vietnam-Era Records
By Stephen Losey, Air Force Times: "According to an April 12 release from U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the 23rd Bomb Squadron from Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota last June launched its 400th consecutive B-52 mission without a delay due to maintenance problems."

Orbital ATK's Newly Christened OmegA Rocket
By Sandra Erwin & Brian Berger, SpaceNews: "Orbital ATK on Monday revealed new details about the rocket it has been developing over the last three years in an effort to take U.S. Air Force launch contracts away from United Launch Alliance and SpaceX."

Marine Corps' Fleet of F/A-18s Are Getting Laser-Guided Rockets
By Dave Majumdar, The National Interest: "The venerable Hornet is now capable of employing BAE Systems' Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS)—a laser-guided 2.75-inch rocket—for the close air support role."

California 'Not Participating' Yet in Trump's Border Protection Push
By Ellen Mitchell, The Hill: "Department of Defense (DOD) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officials confirmed Monday that California will not take part in President Trump's move to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, as the requirements are now written."


Pentagon Acknowledges U.S. Contractor Presence in Syria for
First Time
By Jack Detsch, Al-Monitor: "The U.S. military is using more than 5,500 contractors in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon revealed in a quarterly report this week that acknowledges the use of contractors in the Syrian war zone for the first time."

Joint Syria Strikes Build U.S.-EU Trust Ahead of Critical Iran Deadline

By Laura Rozen, Al-Monitor: ""One thing that has been quietly happening is a very close relationship amongst the different national security teams so that everyone knows everyone else, everyone understands everyone else's intent … and the places in which we can pursue opportunities to accomplish shared goals," a senior Trump administration official, speaking not for attribution."


How to Respond to Russia's INF Treaty Violation
By Gary Schmitt & James Cunningham, RealClearDefense: "When The New York Times reported that Russia had likely deployed a nuclear-armed cruise missile in violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, declared the treaty "in tatters" and the deployment a lesson "about the price of not confronting aggression.""   

Innovation and the Challenger Mentality
By Kareen Hart, Strategy Bridge: "An inherent tension exists in U.S. military culture. Intellectually, military members recognize the need to embrace technological innovation and change to survive in a complex and adaptive environment, yet the military organizational structure favors slow and deliberate development."

Operationalizing the Decisive Point
By John C. Hale, Small Wars Journal: "The goal of the decisive point in COIN should be to gain irreversible momentum for the government against the insurgency while denying the insurgents ability to maintain and sustain his base of support."​

Russia Hacks Its Way to "the High Ground of the Internet"
By Levi Maxey, The Cipher Brief: "On Monday, the U.S. and UK jointly blamed Moscow for cyber intrusions into the backbone of the internet – the routers and switches that are the gateway for internet access in major corporations and your home office." 

Competitive Strategies Against Russia Are Seductive, Dangerous, and Unnecessary
By Joshua Rovner, War on the Rocks: "In 1987, Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger told Congress, "Wherever possible, we should adopt strategies that make obsolete past Soviet defense investments."

As Missiles Fly, a Look at Israel's Iron Dome Interceptor
By Michael J. Armstrong, The Conversation: "Newly-published research investigates the effectiveness of Israel's Iron Dome rocket interceptor systems."
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