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September 18, 2013  

Sino-U.S. space | SCMR frames choices | NSA locks down

The Stimson Center’s Michael Krepon introduces a collection of essays about ways the U.S. and China will cooperate and collide in space. (Defense One)

Here’s a quick piece by Frank Hoffman: the SCMR has framed the military’s choices, but the White House and Congress must help the Pentagon make them. (War on the Rocks)

How is the NSA making sure no one can pull a Snowden again? Among other things, it’s removing USB ports and requiring two-man access for certain documents, NPR reports. How much of a drag on productivity will that be? Michael Tanji, an Army vet and longtime IC technical manager, lays it out. And as Doctrine Man!! notes, this isn’t just an IC problem: “Whenever something bad happens, the pendulum swings wildly in the opposite direction and everyone else is punished. Massive ‘Death by PowerPoint’ sessions, hours and hours of mandatory training, and you’re forced to work that much harder to make up for the lost time.”

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“Fear of war is never helpful in preventing war. If we are firmly determined to brave any risks, we can fend off any emerging threats.” — South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak (Radio Address, 27 December 2010)

Contributed by John Dickert, a Vietnam combat veteran who was lexicographer for the Defense Technical Information Center, where he managed military strategy, tactics, and intelligence data bases. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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