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Gen. John Allen

Should Pentagon Let Robots Kill Humans? Maybe

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Imagine battles unfolding faster than the human mind can handle, with artificial intelligences choosing their tactics and targets largely on their own. The former four-star commander in Afghanistan, John Allen, and an artificial intelligence entrepreneur, Amir Husain, have teamed up to develop a concept for what they call “hyperwar,” rolled out in the July issue… Keep reading →

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Proxy War Protocols: How To Make Syrian Opposition Work

Posted by James Kitfield on


If the United States arms the so-called “moderate Syrian opposition” to try and overthrow both ISIL and Bashar al Assad, president of Syria, will it work? A close look at the United States’ long and checkered history backing proxy forces reveals a very mixed record when we arm surrogates. The ledger includes historic fiascos such as the… Keep reading →

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Brass Attack: Light & Lean Marines Get 5th Four-Star

Posted by Otto Kreisher on


UPDATED: Krepinevich Says Marines Boast Lots Of Good Senior Leaders The Marine Corps, which always prides itself on being the leanest of the U.S. armed services and having the lowest officer-to-enlisted ratio, now has five four-star generals, the nation’s highest military rank. That is quite a load of brass for a service that never had… Keep reading →

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Witty Video Pokes Fun At Petraeus, Allen Muddle

Posted by Colin Clark on


Our clever Chinese friends at Next Media Animation have done it again with a video offering their unique perspective on the scandal that has enveloped two of our top military leaders — and several women. We haven’t pursued these stories with much gusto, keeping our focus on strategy, policy and politics and leaving the prurient… Keep reading →

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Sen. Levin Schedules SASC Confirmation Hearing For Lame Duck

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Levin calls SASC hearing 11/15 to confirm Dunford, Allen — assuming he’s still chairman…. This was Panetta’s agenda: http://aol.it/RAUAoq SydneyFreedberg

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BREAKING: Pakistan Reopens Supply Lines – Free of Charge; Clinton Apologizes – Sort Of

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: After months of deadlock and $2.1 billion in extra costs to the Pentagon, Pakistan agreed to reopen NATO supply lines to Afghanistan after getting the high-level civilian apology it had long sought from the US. The price besides American pride? Zero. Top Afghanistan commander Gen. John Allen and other military officers had expressed regret… Keep reading →

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NATO Advisors Must Stay In Afghanistan For ‘A Decade’ After 2014

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


We aren’t leaving Afghanistan — except, of course, to the extent we are. That’s the high-wire balancing act that the top commander in Afghanistan, Marine Gen. John Allen, had to perform in his remarks today ahead of the upcoming NATO conference in Chicago. “We will say to the Afghan people with one voice, ‘we are… Keep reading →

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Would the Taliban Have Hit an Osprey?

Posted by Carlo Munoz on


Washington: The loss of 38 American soldiers, including members of SEAL Team Six, this week is spawning more questions than answers as DoD begins to piece together what happened that night in eastern Afghanistan. For more news and information on the swiftly-changing defense industry, please sign up for the Breaking Defense newsletter. You can also… Keep reading →

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