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White House Industrial Base Study Focuses On Near-Term Fixes

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


These single points of failure already limit military modernization and potentially could disrupt operations in a crisis. That’s especially true if production needed to ramp up urgently for a major war, a subject the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, has publicly angsted about.

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Bad Idea: Easy Savings from DoD Management Reform

Posted by Mark Cancian on


                We’re partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies to bring you their fab Bad Ideas series through the Christmas holiday season. They produced three today. This is the second. Mark Cancian, also a member of the Breaking Defense Board of Contributors, pens a fine piece… Keep reading →

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The iPhone Goes To War: Army Explores Shift From Military To Commercial Networks

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY: It just might be iPhone time for the world’s most powerful army,. As defense budgets shrink and commercial networks grow, top brass from Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno on down are questioning the service’s current plan to keep developing custom-built, military-specific, and extremely expensive communications networks. If groups like al-Qaeda,… Keep reading →

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Sec. Chuck Hagel Lays Groundwork For Cooperation With China, Reducing Military Pay & Benefits Growth

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: In his first major address as Secretary of Defense, former Senator Chuck Hagel paid homage to the usual pieties — but he also, very cautiously, laid the groundwork for two unpopular policies: seeking greater cooperation with China, including controversial “mil-to-mil” exchanges of military officers; and controlling the costs of pay and benefits for military… Keep reading →

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Army Brass On Iraq Anniversary: Shock And Awe? Never Again

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIVERSITY, WASHINGTON, DC: Ten years to the day after the US invaded Iraq with shock, awe and too few ground troops, the Army is anxious never to repeat the errors of the past. Yet as policymakers not only cut the defense budget — the Army’s portion most of all — but also emphasize… Keep reading →

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CJCS Dempsey Got It Wrong: Strategic Interests Trump Human Relationships

Posted by Doug Macgregor on


Are personal relationships a strategic asset? Last week, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey gave a speech at the National Defense University arguing that they are. It’s a theme hammered recently by other military leaders, especially in Dempsey’s own service, the Army, which argues it is uniquely capable of building… Keep reading →

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Personal Military Ties Key To Successful Alliances: CJCS Demspey

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Just back from his trip to Asia, the jet-lagged Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff attended graduation ceremonies at the Pentagon’s National Defense University, where he singled out NDU’s first-ever Vietnamese graduate, a colonel in the People’s Army of Vietnam, as an example of the kind of relationship-building the US military must do… Keep reading →

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DoD Unveils New Cyber Strategy; Cartwright Urges Shift From Defense

Posted by Colin Clark on


Washington: One of the biggest attacks ever on American military networks occurred in March, when another country stole some 24,000 files from a U.S. defense company’s computers, Deputy Defense Bill Lynn said today. While no one mentioned either China or Russia they would be top of the list for any such attack. Lynn disclosed the… Keep reading →

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