October 8, 2013  

5 questions | Enemy drones | Yom Kippur War games

Frank Hoffman, broadening his recent consideration of naval lessons from World War II, sets out five questions on future war in the Pacific. Here’s the first: “What set of capabilities are best suited to deterring an adversary from acting aggressively in the Pacific islands? In the 1930s, that question was never asked. There was never a plan for preventing a war – just Plan Orange, a plan for fighting one.” (War On The Rocks)

T.X. Hammes examines the quickening development of drones by U.S. adversaries. (War On The Rocks)

Did last weekend’s counterterror raid mark a shift in Obama administration strategy, or just a momentary departure from business as usual? Sara Sorcher thinks it’s the former. (National Journal)

Michael Peck’s review of various games about the 1973 Yom Kippur War shows how simulation can lead to real understanding. (Foreign Policy)

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.” — Sir William Francis Butler, Charles George Gordon

Contributed by Col. (ret.) David Johnson, a director of the Army Chief of Staff’s Strategic Studies Group. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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