Category National Guard

Federal Officials Say Privately They Are ‘Pretty Certain’ Layoffs Are Coming

David Maxwell’s comment:  Note the planning timeline.  We are probably two years from implementation.  I imagine we might see federal employees start leaving for other civilian non-government jobs before this is implemented (unless they expect that there will be some kind of attractive severance package that employees might wait for). OMB is reviewing the preliminary agency reform […]

Top U.S. General Hints At Military Action Against North Korea In A ‘Few More Months’

Top U.S. General Hints At Military Action Against North Korea In A ‘Few More Months’ By Gordon G. Chang, www.thedailybeast.com View Original July 25th, 2017 Several media outlets have reported that Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said over the weekend that war with North Korea was not “unimaginable.” What has gone unreported is that […]

The Generals Can’t Save Us — And We Shouldn’t Want Them To

Excerpts: But relying on generals to determine questions of war and peace creates unrealistic — and troubling — expectations for those same generals to craft policy and oversee, unchecked, a military that was intentionally designed to follow the command of a civilian.   Nowhere were these civil-military relations issues more evident than in the aftermath […]

The Privatization Of Security Is Coming. The U.S. Must Start Preparing For It

Excerpt: With a long tradition of citizen soldiers, the United States has normally been skeptical of mercenaries. But the idea of outsourcing security operations has cropped up in the past. In the early 1990s, Rod Paschall, a retired U.S. Army colonel and former Delta Force commander, argued that the United States should hire former special […]

AI Could Revolutionize War As Much As Nukes

Excerpts: The Harvard report recommends that the National Security Council, DoD, and State Department should start studying now what internationally agreed-on limits ought to be imposed on AI. Miles Brundage, who researches the impacts of AI on society at the University of Oxford, says there’s reason to think that AI diplomacy can be effective—if countries […]

Trump To Nominate Raytheon Lobbyist For Next Army Secretary

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/07/19/trump-to-nominate-raytheon-lobbyist-for-next-army-secretary/?utm_term=.e0af4773f2d3 Trump To Nominate Raytheon Lobbyist For Next Army Secretary By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Greg Jaffe By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Greg Jaffe July 19 at 2:09 PM U.S. Soldiers from the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, conduct training in Orzysz, Poland, on April 3. (Spec. Nathanael Mercado/ Army)   President Trump will nominate Mark Esper, a top lobbyist for Raytheon and a former […]

Withdrawing From Overseas Bases: Why A Forward-Deployed Military Posture Is Unnecessary, Outdated, and Dangerous

The comments below are by/from Col. (Ret.) David Maxwell & his contact info is at the bottom of this article.  RCP, fortunascorner.com David Maxwell:  A very long read though it is worth the time of those who think about these issues.   Although I am a die hard supporter of forward basing this paper makes […]

Pentagon No. 2 Says Goodbye; Mattis: ‘I Hate To Lose Him’

Pentagon No. 2 Says Goodbye; Mattis: ‘I Hate To Lose Him’ By Sandra Erwin, www.realcleardefense.com View Original July 14th, 2017 The Pentagon on Friday bid farewell to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. His boss, Secretary Jim Mattis, said Work is sure to leave a void that will be hard to fill. “I hate to lose him,” Mattis […]

Russia Develops Military Exoskeleton To Give Soldiers Superhuman Capabilities

Russia Develops Military Exoskeleton To Give Soldiers Superhuman Capabilities By Mike Wehner, bgr.com View Original July 6th, 2017 Any sci-fi flick or video game showing a futuristic battlefield is always filled with soldiers wearing advanced high-tech armor and all manner of fancy gadgetry. Russia is doing its best to make that fictional battlefield of the future a […]

How Big Should The Army Be In 2018? No One In Washington Agrees

How Big Should The Army Be In 2018? No One In Washington Agrees By Corey Dickstein, www.stripes.com View Original June 30th, 2017 WASHINGTON — Lawmakers in Congress want to increase the size of the Army in 2018, but the House and Senate disagree on how many more soldiers the service should add next year. The House Armed […]