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September 26, 2013  

A-10 fight | Civ-mil tension | Korean stealth strategy

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., decided that the confirmation process for a new Air Force secretary is a good time to fight the potential mothballing of the A-10.  Ayotte’s office decided to put a hold on President Obama’s nominee, Deborah James, until an official decision is announced on the A-10.  (Aaron Mehta and John Bennett, Defense News)

Relations between civilian and uniformed leaders are at their lowest since the Cold War, Micah Zenko writes.  Syria has obviously increased tensions, but a broader tussle over power may be to blame.  (Foreign Policy)

South Korea’s decision to re-compete its fighter competition may be part of an effort to apply pressure on the North through stealth technology.  North Korea’s air-defense system likely doesn’t warrant an advanced fighter, but it might deter the country from investing in the area.  (Joyce Lee and Ju-min Park, Reuters)

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.” — Leon Trotsky

Contributed by Ollie Fritz, a former Director of Strategic Planning, HQ USAF. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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