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October 1, 2013  

DoD & the shutdown | Too big to manage | Navy’s missing strategy

Welcome to the shutdown. In case you missed it, here’s a look at how the military is to respond. (Defense News, Andrew Tilghman)

Meanwhile, the world keeps spinning. @FAScientists tweets: “To fix US intelligence, shrink it? New dissertation by CIA sociologist it has become too big to be properly managed.”

A new report from CNAS, “Game Changers: Disruptive Technology and U.S. Defense Strategy” discusses “how the rapid diffusion of advanced technology throughout the world has the potential to challenge the U.S. technological advantage in defense capabilities.” Written by CNAS Vice President Shawn Brimley, Director of the Technology and National Security Program Ben FitzGerald, and Research Associate Kelley Sayler.

Craig Hooper argues that “Failure to tether the U.S. Navy to a clear, large-scale and long-term strategy has reduced overall naval effectiveness as a strategic asset, raising a risk of the fleet being frittered away in activities that do not directly support strong strategic (longer-term) national objectives.”

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“Never give in. Never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.” — Sir Winston Churchill

Contributed by Col. (ret.) Steve Boylan, assistant professor of command and leadership at the Army Command and General Staff College. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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