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December 17, 2013  

Senkakus = Berlin? | The Army’s weak arguments | “Invisible” Hagel

Posted by Bradley Peniston

Interesting parallels: “The Senkaku Islands as Cold War Berlin” by Zachary Keck (The Diplomat)

“The Army is fighting a budget battle by pretending it’s fighting a strategy battle,” says Kori Schake in “The Army Needs a Better Argument.” (War On The Rocks)

Is Chuck Hagel a steady hand or a weak leader? Gordon Lubold offers “The Pentagon’s Invisible Man” (Foreign Policy)

The latest salvo in the debate over carriers: James R. Holmes’ “How to Measure an Aircraft Carrier’s Worth.” (The Diplomat)

Noted: Vice Adm. Michelle Howard has been nominated to be the Navy’s vice chief of naval operations. If confirmed, she would be the first woman and African-American to hold the Navy’s No. 2 post, and the first black woman to become a full admiral. (Military Times)

Warlord’s Quote

“If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
“Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
“If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
“If all men count with you, but none too much;
“If you can fill the unforgiving minute
“With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
“Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
“And — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!” — Rudyard Kipling, If

Contributed by Marc Tyrrell, a Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies (CCISS) who focuses on researching sensemaking in high-stress situations. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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