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Declassify Space Threats, US Capabilities For Stronger Deterrence: AFCENT

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“Right now space is a supporting element to a geographic [component command] … but that paradigm is going to flip over time, where the supported command — the primacy, where the actions will happen first — is going to be space,” says Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella, head of Air Force Central Command.

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Competition (With China) IS The New Deterrence, US Military Leaders Say

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Vice Adm. David Kriete, deputy STRATCOM commander: “Strategic deterrence is active deterrence; it’s very dynamic.”

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Space Force: What Is It Good For?

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Missing in the national security space conversation, says Aerospace Corporation’s Russ Rumbaugh, is how space operations can and should fit with diplomacy and foreign policy. Instead, he said, the debate is solely about “how do I win the war I see.” 

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How To Implement The National Defense Strategy In Pacific

Posted by Andrew Krepinevich on


The National Defense Strategy does a service by getting the diagnosis right. But that is only the first step. To get the right prescription—the defense program—we will have to develop the operational concepts that link the ends sought with the means we can procure to achieve them.

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No ‘Automaticity,’ But Yes To Low Yield Nukes: NPR

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PENTAGON: The United States government sees a fundamentally more threatening world today, one that requires a more nuanced balance of delivery systems than we’ve deployed since the end of the Cold War. That’s really the change that has driven the results of the Trump Administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, officially released today. Careful transparency continues to… Keep reading →

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What Trump’s First Nuclear Posture Review Should Do

Posted by Bob Butterworth on


If we’re lucky, the fourth Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) will encourage a reawakening of strategic analysis and renewed efforts to assess the role of nuclear weapons in US national security. If we’re not, and this is more likely, we’ll find ourselves awash in time-worn arguments about assured destruction, limited war, arms limitation, modernization, and morality.… Keep reading →

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Bad Idea: Starting a War on the Korean Peninsula

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As Christmas draws closer, we hope you’re enjoying the troubling thoughts these Bad Idea pieces by experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies are bringing to the policy sphere. This one deals with an issue much on the mind of those keeping close tabs on the current madness in the world — the… Keep reading →

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‘At War Next Week’: Bob Work On Readiness, Modernization, & COCOMs

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The US can’t afford to modernize its military and increase its size at the same time, said the former deputy secretary of defense , Bob Work. It can’t build up war-ready forces to deter Russia and China while engaging in non-stop operations around the world, the way we have since 1991. If we have… Keep reading →

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CSIS On The Second Space Age: ‘Diverse, Disruptive, Disordered And Dangerous’

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WASHINGTON: We knew space was congested, contested and all that. But the folks at CSIS have recast that to good effect in a report actually worth reading in detail. The Second Space Age (yes, they’ve come up with a catchy rubric!) is, they say, more diverse, disruptive, disordered, and dangerous than the first space age.” How… Keep reading →

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How To Avoid War With North Korea

Posted by Michael Krepon on


Donald Trump spirals downward. As long as he remains in the White House, we are called upon to do everything in our power to limit the damage he can do. Above all, there is the need to prevent a war of choice to disarm North Korea of its nuclear weapons. There are many reasons to… Keep reading →

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