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Army Can Manage Both Mideast & Great Powers: Sec. Esper

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The Army can cope with regional dangers like Iran even as it refocuses on Russia and China, the secretary said. In fact, he said, the Army’s controversial modernization program will help with both sets of threats.

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US Needs Bounty Hunters For Cyber: Ex-DoD Officials Say

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To defend 21st century networks, should the US use the model of 18th century privateers?

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US Urges ‘Like-Minded’ Countries To Collaborate On Cyber Deterrence

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“We have a saying in Asia…When the elephants fight, the ants get smashed.”

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Build A ‘Five Eyes’ For Military Tech Sharing: Greenwalt

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MINA SALMAN PEIR, Bahrain, (May 11, 2013) Capt. Andy Elvin, RN, deputy commander, Commander Task Force 52, UK Mine Countermeasures, speaks to multinational servicemembers aboard USS Ponce (LPD 15) prior to the start of the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise. IMCMEX 13 includes navies from more than 40 countries whose focus is to promote regional security through mine countermeasure operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Gary Keen/Released) http://www.flickr.com/photos/navcent/8739972653/in/set-72157633098687339

As the US and its allies scramble to stay ahead of China and Russia, a bold proposal for a massive revamp of tech sharing emerges.

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Army Secretary Rides Robot Truck: ‘Critical’ Tech For Big Six

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“If you look back at the Iraq war, one of the most dangerous duties was driving, riding in a convoy between Kuwait City and Baghdad. We lost many, many soldiers, too many soldiers, to IED (roadside bomb) attacks, other attacks on convoys,” Esper said. “I could’ve reduced that vulnerability, that sacrifice, (with) unmanned convoys or convoys that were manned by (only) a couple of soldiers.”

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Army Modernization Reform Requires New Laws: General

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WASHINGTON: The Army will ask Congress to change current law to help it buy weapons better, Maj. Gen. Bill Hix told reporters. Sure, the service can do and is doing a lot with its existing authorities, he said, such as create a Futures and Modernization Command (FMC), but comprehensive reform requires more. In fact, Lt.… Keep reading →

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‘They Will Fight’: NATO Readies Forces Vs. Russia

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WASHINGTON: NATO troops will stand and fight if Russia attacks the Baltic States or Poland, Maj. Gen. William Hickman said last week. The prospect of combat — like that of being hanged — has concentrated NATO’s mind, changing plans, training, and future tactics. “There are US troops, French, British troops in these countries, standing tall,”… Keep reading →

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Let Leaders Off The Electronic Leash: CSA Milley

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ARMY & NAVY CLUB: To win the fast-paced and brutal battles of the future, Army generals must let their subordinates off the leash, the Chief of Staff said here yesterday. “What we do, in practice, is we micromanage and overly specify everything the subordinate has to do, all the time,”Gen. Mark Milley told an Atlantic… Keep reading →

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Will THAAD Deployment Roil Or Calm Troubled Pacific?

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WASHINGTON: The deployment of improved US missile defenses to Korea, THAAD, comes at a time of growing disorder across the region. There is one constant in this equation but three major unknowns. The constant is the THAAD system itself, whose capabilities — almost six times the maximum range of current Patriot missile defenses and roughly five… Keep reading →

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F-35s Likely Heading To Europe In 2017; Costs ‘Coming Down’: SecAf James

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WASHINGTON: The Air Force’s F-35A will probably make its first operational deployment abroad “in the not too distant future… perhaps next summer,” heading to Europe to help NATO allies deter Russian aggression, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said yesterday. In her endorsement of the F-35 and NATO, and her wariness of Vladimir Putin, Obama’s… Keep reading →

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