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Time For US Strategy Review; Then Tackle Goldwater-Nichols

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: One of America’s most respected strategists is calling for a comprehensive review of the military’s roles and missions to prepare the way for revision of the basic law undergirding the modern force, Goldwater-Nichols. The combination of an excellent quartet of lawmakers leading the armed services committees; the markedly complex and global set of threats… Keep reading →

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From Congress To Ivory Tower: New Army War College Commandant

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Maj. Gen. William Rapp couldn’t have picked a better time get a ticket out of DC. As the Army’s Chief Legislative Liaison, he’s been the embattled service’s point man presenting its 2015 budget on Capitol Hill, where on top of all the usual budget shenanigans, the National Guard Association of the US is raising calculated hell… Keep reading →

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Will Syrian Civil War Mark End to American Militarism?

Posted by James Kitfield on


This is James Kitfield’s first piece for Breaking Defense since his departure from his award-winning tenure at National Journal. As one of the best defense reporters around, Kitfield’s specialty has always been spotting the big strategic trend first and writing clearly, simply and persuasively about it. Following is a classic example of his work, which… Keep reading →

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Open Source, 3D Printing Key To Staying Ahead Of Enemy Tech

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Hey, defense contractors! Open source software is not your enemy. In fact, far from undercutting your profits, it may increase them – and increase the US military’s capabilities at the same time. That’s a central concept in the Center for a New American Security’s recently established Technology and Security program, which aims to shake… Keep reading →

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Shutdown Hits Military Thinkers, Planners

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


So how hard is the federal shutdown hitting the US military? “Walking around the building, I would say we’re probably at about a third of our staff right now,” said one military officer. (About half the Defense Department’s civil servants have been furloughed, but military personnel are still on duty). Of 26 people in her… Keep reading →

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Why The Army Wants To Ban Tattoos

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


U.S. Army Set to Ban Certain Tattoos In a culture where even soccer moms now sport tattoos and soccer-themed “tramp stamps” (click the links for some examples), the Army’s recent decision to ban all visible tattoos has prompted a “WTF?” heard round the world. Just watch the video above. But there’s method to the Army’s madness. This… Keep reading →

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Wargame Predicts Army Loses High Tech Edge

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARMY WAR COLLEGE: A massive wargame held here this week to explore the “Deep Future” of warfare in the 2030s demonstrated a stark truth — one that Clausewitz enumerated in his famous work, On War — there’s no substitute for sheer numbers, no matter how much high technology the Army buys. That’s an unsettling answer at a… Keep reading →

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No More NOFORN: Hill Needs To Help Troops Work With Allies

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATED] ARMY WAR COLLEGE: When the Army invited NATO officers here to discuss the “deep future” of warfare in the 2030s, the organizers ran up against a present-day problem. Current regulations forbade them from showing certain information to their allies. It was just the latest case of a chronic problem which has hindered coalition operations… Keep reading →

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Why The Army Matters: Human Factors And Killing

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


FORT BELVOIR: The intellectual ice is beginning to break. You could see it at the Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club on Tuesday afternoon, where the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) hosted a three-day, tri-service conference on “Strategic Landpower.” The US Army is wrestling with how to stay relevant once large-scale counterinsurgency in Afghanistan comes to… Keep reading →

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The Army’s Navy: Fast Boats, Long-Range Rockets Play In Classified Wargame

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARMY WAR COLLEGE: For the last decade, the Army has emphasized “boots on the ground.” Large numbers of foot troops slogged through valley and village, field and town, to safeguard civilians and hunt insurgents. Now, as the largest service looks beyond Afghanistan, a classified wargame about a hypothetical Korean conflict shined a spotlight on high-speed,… Keep reading →

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