Category Robots In War

Five Challenges Facing Trump’s Military

The 5: ” 1) The budget;  2) Space force;  3) “Great Power” Competition;  4) Afghanistan; and, 5) Missile Defense.” To these I would add, Cyber, Artificial Intelligence, the potential loss of stealth in the air; under the sea and on the ground; drone/autonomous systems warfare; potential capability surprise on the ‘battlefield’; and biomteic/identity management which […]

U.S. Military Advantage Has Eroded, Study Says

U.S. Military Advantage Has Eroded, Study Says Paul Sonne and Shane Harris, The Washington Post  Published 9:16 pm PST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 WASHINGTON – The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according to a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission […]

Mattis Shares Threat Pictures Behind New National Defense Strategy

Mattis Shares Threat Pictures Behind New National Defense Strategy dod.defense.gov · October 31, 2018 Defense Secretary James N. Mattis shared the thinking behind the new National Defense Strategy during a discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington yesterday. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks at the United States Institute of Peace, in a […]

How The U.S. Forced China To Quit Stealing — Using A Chinese Spy; But, Has China Already Placed Digital Landmines Inside U.S. Weaponry And Critical Infrastructure?

How The U.S. Forced China To Quit Stealing — Using A Chinese Spy; But, Has China Already Placed Digital Landmines Inside U.S. Weaponry And Critical Infrastructure? http://www.fortunascorner.com     The title above comes from Garrett Grafe’s October 11, 2018 article, posted to the cyber and technology website, WIRED.com. As has been well-documented and reported, Mr. Grafe writes that “China has become […]

Five Changes Democrats Will Seek At Pentagon If They Win Power

Five Changes Democrats Will Seek At Pentagon If They Win Power The Hill · by Rebecca Kheel · October 1, 2018 Democrats are pledging to rein in or reverse President Trump’s defense agenda if they take back Congress in November. From seeking to ensure that transgender troops can continue to serve to blocking the administration from building low yield […]

CSPAN Discussion On Spies, Their Tradecraft And Foibles; And Perhaps The Greatest Spy Writer Ever — David Cornwell, Alias…John le Carre

CSPAN Discussion On Spies, Their Tradecraft And Foibles; And Perhaps The Greatest Spy Writer Ever — David Cornwell, Alias…John le Carre www.fortunascorner.com The National Book Festival was recently held at the Washington Convention Center, Washington D.C., and the topic was about spying, spies, and John le Carre. This was the eighteenth annual such convention, with John Haskel […]

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 […]

The Darker Shade Of Gray: A New War Unlike Any Other

David Maxwell Comment:  “The money quote from Nate is in the second paragraph here.  We should heed his words (and read the entire Q&A Essay):”     The next wave of unconventional warlike aggression against the United States and its allies is well-underway. Elite U.S. leadership has been warned about the strategic hazards of effective […]

Emergent Technology, Military Advantage, And The Character Of Future War

Conclusion: Advanced militaries are only just beginning to perceive some of the different factors that may, in time, come to shape the character of future wars. Despite their best efforts, no nation-state can ever be fully prepared for the character of the next war. As such, the potential military applications of emergent technology should not […]

U.S. Needs Hi-Lo Mix Of ‘Exquisite’ & Affordable ISR: Intel Official

Excerpts: So how do you divide up the dollars? Well, that’s the hard part, said Sherman, who oversees Military Intelligence Program (MIP) resources for the under secretary of defense for intelligence, retired vice-admiral Joseph Kernan.   “Those will be debates we’ll have over the next couple of years, and those are some tough choices,” Sherman […]