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October 17, 2013  

Train without radios | Nuke triad debate | Sequester grief

B-1 Still on the GoGood on Pacific Air Forces for practicing no-GPS, no-radio operations. It’s a method championed by Marine Gen. James Mattis and in AFJ. The idea, as Air Combat Command’s Gen. Mike Hostage put it recently, is that if an enemy manages to disrupt U.S. comms networks, “such an asymmetric attack will not stop us. It will only piss us off.” (Air Force Times)

Here’s a good back-and-forth over the future of the nuclear triad: “To Save the Submarines, Eliminate ICBMs and Bombers” by Christopher Preble and Matt Fay vs. “Submarines Alone Are Not Enough Nuclear Deterrent” by Robert Spalding. (Defense One)

Gordon Adams says it’s time for Pentagon planners to get over sequestration and get on with their lives: “Accepting that fiscal reality (the final phase in the stages of sequester grief) is now the core decision the Pentagon needs to make; it is the first step toward defense planning wisdom.” (Foreign Policy)

U.S. builds up military bases in Italy for African ops” provides another data point concerning the increasing focus on the continent. (UPI)

U.S. attack submarines will get their first female officers in early 2015; three ballistic- and three guided-missile submarines already have mixed-gender crews. (Stars & Stripes)

Good reminder from Joe Byerly: “We should focus on learning as much as we can so that we may help develop and mentor our subordinates…Would we know the name Clausewitz if there was never a Scharnhorst?” (Small Wars Journal)

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“Then out spoke brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:
‘To every man upon this earth, death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods….'”
— Thomas Babington Macaulay

Contributed by Frank Jenks, USAR, an attorney under contract with the Connecticut Office of the Public Defender as Assigned Counsel. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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