October 21, 2013  

Army seeks way forward | USAF QDR | China’s air force

Happy AUSA Week! As you head off to the year’s biggest domestic land-warfare convention, don’t miss Paul McCleary’s article about the Army’s attempt to find its way post-Iraq, post-Afghanistan. McCleary talked with the leader of Gen. Odierno’s Strategic Studies Group and others. (Defense News)

Here’s another from Defense News: an interview by Aaron Mehta with Maj. Gen. Steven Kwast, the USAF’s point general on the QDR.

The Diplomat offers this quick update on China’s air force.

The roughly half-billion dollars spent on the barely functional Obamacare signup website boggles the mind, and yet it recalls similar, if less-publicized federal and military IT failures. How is the federal tech acquisition process so screwed up, and what might be done about it? Here’s a short version, and here’s a long version.

Warlord’s Quote

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” — Albert Einstein

Contributed by Lt. Cmdr. Mark Jacobson, a former Deputy NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan and now a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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