Category Marines

Mattis’ Team Moves In, Promising Reforms

Mattis’ Team Moves In, Promising Reforms By Paul Mcleary, breakingdefense.comView OriginalAugust 21st, 2018 CAPITOL HILL: A new crop of nominees are getting ready to move into their offices at the Pentagon, signaling that after a long and rocky start, the Mattis team is finally moving forward with ambitious plans to change how the military does business. Several […]

If North Korea Won’t Denuclearize, Here’s What The U.S. Should Do

The comment below, and before the body of the article are some observations provided by Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell; and, his contact info is at the bottom of this page.  RCP, David Maxwell Wrote:  “A provocative essay.  Makes some useful points though I would like a more sophisticated information and influence activities campaign.  Satirizing […]

U.S. Special Operations Command’s Future, By Design

Excerpts: U.S. Special Operations Command’s Future, by Design ndupress.ndu.eduView OriginalJuly 3rd, 2018 U.S. Army 10th Special Forces GroupPhoto by: Airborne As U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) celebrates its 30thanniversary, it faces a future characterized by increasingly complex, dynamic, and ill-defined security challenges. And since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, USSOCOM has been at […]

What’s In The New NDAA

David Maxwell Wrote: “A fairly comprehensive treatment (of a document that I am sure could be a thousand pages).Korea highlights:” What’s in the New NDAA By Scott R. Anderson, www.lawfareblog.comView OriginalAugust 14th, 2018 President Donald Trump signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2019 into law on Monday afternoon, at an event at Fort […]

What Really Matters In The Defense Authorization Act & What Didn’t Get Done

David Maxwell Comment: “Of course this special operations excerpt is most interesting to me.” Congress has slowly and consciously restructured special operations as an independent service. The assistant Defense Secretary for special operations and low intensity conflict now has duties similar to those of a service secretary, and the commander of Special Operations Command has […]

U.S. Special Operations Forces Are Getting A Long-Awaited Silent Weapons Upgrade

US Special Operations Forces Are Getting A Long-Awaited Silent Weapons Upgrade · by Jared Keller · August 1, 2018 U.S. Special Operations Command has doled out a hefty contract to upgrade its arsenal of M4A1 carbines with suppressed upper receivers, the culmination of a long-running effort to make America’s most elite service members even more silent and deadly. SOCOM awarded a […]

Moral Lessons From The Crucible Of The Sea: USS Indianapolis Survivors

Opinion | Moral Lessons From the Crucible of the Sea The New York Times · by Doug Stanton · July 27, 2018 TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Each summer, as Lake Michigan finally begins to warm, I think of the men of the World War II cruiser Indianapolis and the worst disaster at sea in United States naval history. […]

Giant Pentagon Policy Bill Kicks Off Closed-Door Debate

Giant Pentagon policy bill kicks off closed-door debate Defense News · by Joe Gould · July 11, 2018 WASHINGTON — U.S. House and Senate conferees on the massive 2019 defense authorization bill met Wednesday to launch closed-door negotiations between the chambers’ competing drafts. Lawmakers are expected to wrangle over troop levels, how many F-35s to buy, a ban on […]

5 Technology Trends Driving An Intelligent Military

5 technology trends driving an intelligent military By Antti Kolehmainen, View Original July 5th, 2018 The rise of non-traditional actors, cyberattacks and state-sponsored subversion is challenging democratic governance and creating an increasingly volatile operational and security environment for defense agencies. To address these threats, military organizations must be able to operate seamlessly and intelligently across a […]

How To Fix Special Operations, According To A Former SOCAFRICA Commander

How To Fix Special Operations, According To A Former SOCAFRICA Commander · by Brig. Gen. Donald C. Bolduc, U.S. Army (Ret.) · July 5, 2018 T&P is proud to partner with Stash to help you invest in your future. They make investing simple and affordable to set you up for long term success. Get $10 in your account […]