2019年2月6日 星期三

MORNING RECON: Who Will Lead This Navy in War?; Russia Plans New Missiles After INF Impasse; Pentagon's AI Strategy; China to Build 4 Nuclear Carriers

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Good Wenesday morning and welcome to MORNING RECON.  On this day in 1985, in his State of the Union address, President Ronald Reagan defines some of the key concepts of his foreign policy, establishing what comes to be known as the "Reagan Doctrine." The doctrine served as the foundation for the Reagan administration's support of "freedom fighters" around the globe. Reagan began his foreign policy comments with the dramatic pronouncement that, "Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few; it is the universal right of all God's children." America's "mission" was to "nourish and defend freedom and democracy."

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The Pentagon's First AI Strategy Will Focus on Near-term Operations
By Patrick Tucker, Defense One: "The Defense Department will unveil a new artificial intelligence strategy perhaps as early as this week, senior defense officials told Defense One. The strategy — its first ever — will emphasize the creation and tailoring of tools for specific commands and service branches, allowing them to move into AI operations sooner rather than later."

SPY-6 Radar Finishes Final Round of Developmental Testing
By Ben Werner, USNI News: "The Navy's AN/SPY-6(V)1 Air and Missile Defense Radar (AMDR) completed its final round of developmental testing having successfully tracked its 15th ballistic missile target."

Navy Takes Out Drone in Groundbreaking Test for USS Ford
By Gina Harkins, DefenseTech: "The system the Navy used to take down the drone is called the Ship Self-Defense System. It integrates a myriad of equipment that will be used aboard the Navy's first Ford-class carrier, such as sensors, missiles and radars."

Marine Corps to Release RFP for New Ultralight Vehicle
By Jon Harper, National Defense Magazine: "The Defense Department's top procurement official is taking aim at watchdog-type laws that are put in place to discourage corruption in government."

Navy Builds 2 New Large Surface Attack Drone Ships
By Kris Osborn, Warrior Maven: "The Navy is building two new large drone ships to coordinate synchronized attacks, perform command and control across fleets of Unmanned Surface Vessels and conduct high-risk maritime missions such as anti-submarine operations, mine countermeasures, surface warfare and forward-deployed surveillance."

Pentagon Weighs Privatizing Military PCS Moves
By Patricia Kime, Military.com: "In a move that could completely change the way military personnel transfer from base to base, U.S. Transportation Command is considering privatizing the system that supports permanent change of station (PCS) and other personnel moves."

'Fix Bayonets' - Vietnam Veteran Receives Silver Star
By Gina Harkins, Military.com: "A retired officer whose leadership helped save soldiers and Marines pinned down by North Vietnamese fighters in 1967 received the third-highest award for valor on Friday for his heroism more than five decades ago."

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Russia Plans New Missile Systems to Counter U.S. By 2021

By Andrew Osborn, Reuters: "Russia will race to develop two new land-based missile launch systems before 2021 to respond to Washington's planned exit from a landmark nuclear arms control pact, it said on Tuesday."

China Will Build 4 Nuclear Aircraft Carriers to Catch U.S. Navy

By Minnie Chan & Guo Rui, South China Morning Post: "Four of at least six aircraft battle groups China plans to have in the water by 2035 will be nuclear-powered, as the Asian giant tries to equal the U.S. in naval strength, according to Chinese military experts."


Who Will Lead This Navy in War?
By Kevin Eyer, RealClearDefense: "In thinking about who to select as the Navy's next generation of senior leadership, the Nation should be fully engaged, particularly with the increasing potential of war at sea against a peer competitor."

Exploiting Civilian for the Future Operating Environment
By Alexander Samuelson, Wavell Room: "Sherlock Holmes once described his older Brother; "all other men are specialists, but his specialism, is omniscience. He was speaking of a man envisioned as the ultimate generalist-specialist, a human computer with unmatched expertise."

Don't Kill the Navy Mine Countermeasures Triad
By Edmund B. Hernandez, Proceedings Magazine: "The U.S. Navy is developing a new mine countermeasures (MCM) master plan to transition from its existing legacy MCM triad forces to a series of new systems for the mine-clearance mission."

Can the U.S-Russia INF Treaty Be Saved?
By Jeffrey Fields, The Conversation: "The treaty is not dead yet. The announcements serve as the six month's notice required by the treaty before parties can withdraw. There is still time to reconcile differences. But I don't think that will happen."

Taking on China's Intellectual Property Theft
By Daniel Gallington, The Washington Times: "The Trump administration is taking seriously the entire spectrum of economic challenges related to China that impact our nation. For decades, prior administrations have either ignored the issues or accepted Chinese lies, fabrications and excuses without any pushback."

Is the 'Populist' Tide Retreating?
By Joseph Nye, The Strategist (ASPI): "The dysfunctional politics of Brexit in the United Kingdom, and the midterm election reaction against President Donald Trump in the United States, are generating second thoughts about the populist tide that has been sweeping the world's democracies in recent years. In fact, second thoughts are long overdue."

Through the Taliban's Eyes: Peace Prospects in Afghanistan
By Baheer Wardak, the interpreter: "Any progress to end the longest war in American history would require accepting some mind-boggling demands from the Taliban, or substantial policy and ideological shifts on their part, which seem unlikely."

War and Remembrance
By Kate Clarke Lemay, Strategy Bridge: "Those who have walked the grounds of an overseas American war cemetery are unlikely to forget the experience. The endless rows of white marble headstones, meticulously cared for lawns, and works of art and architecture organized around the Christian theme of redemption distinguish these sites as particularly American. No other nation has created such a variety of works of high design."

Translating Tactical Wins into Strategic Success
By Nicholas Krohley, Modern War Institute: "We have mastered the art of hunting men. Refined over nearly two decades of nonstop counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations, and enhanced by a suite of increasingly powerful technological tools, the United States military has developed an extraordinary ability to find, fix, and finish targets worldwide." 
Why Can't America Win its Wars?
By Stephen B. Young, Small Wars Journal: "The record of American disappointments is indeed impressive for money spent and results obtained: Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, the War on Terror."

Keep the G.I. Bill Strong
By Steve Cohen, City Journal: "Young people joining the military today typically cite several motivations: to be a desire for adventure, an interest in being part of something bigger than themselves, the acquisition of job skills, and—significantly—the opportunity to get a college education."
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