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August 9, 2013  

Finding tech abroad

One of the last things Mark Maybury did before stepping down as the U.S. Air Force’s chief scientist was to put the finishing touches on a new vision for his service’s science and technology development. One of his conclusions, which he described in AFJ, is especially surprising: we’re going to have to get a lot of it from other countries.

Harlan Ullman writes at the Atlantic Council site that while lawmakers are off on their summer vacation, the Pentagon should prepare for their return by laying out in detail just how bad the sequester is making things. “The purpose isn’t to seek more money for defense,” he writes. “The purpose is to produce a range of force options at likely projected levels of defense spending rather than wishful thinking that somehow Congress will save the day, which it won’t.”

“The drone war is back,” writes Elias Groll in Foreign Policy, with nine suspected strikes in Yemen in the past two weeks.

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“The nicest veterans in Schenectady, I thought, the kindest and funniest ones, the ones who hated war the most, were the ones who’d really fought.” — Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

Contributed by Kathleen Crowley, a professor of psychology at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y. Crowley is a member of the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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