Dan Drezner has a great post bringing together much of the world’s reaction to the GOP-engineered shutdown/debt-ceiling fight. We are, he argues, about to see “whether incipient U.S. rivals will start making the necessary down payments to act on their increasingly justified complaints” about the American hegemon. (Foreign Policy)
Every so often, a) someone tries to close the Office of Net Assessment, Andrew Marshall’s “think tank inside the Pentagon,” then they b) think better of it. We appear to be at Step A again. (Defense News)
In the “whole-of-government” department, Will McCants says politics may undermine a promising fund with grants for organizations that work to counter violent extremism. (Foreign Policy)
So many drones, so many control systems. Small wonder, then, that the players can’t even agree on the best way to foster standardization. (Air Force Times)
Feel like contributing to a survey of what new threats and conflict will appear next year? Micah Zenko would like to hear from you. (Council on Foreign Relations)
And just for fun, Buzzfeed has Robert C. O’Brien’s list of “10 Ways 2013 Is The Year Of The Aircraft Carrier.”
Warlord’s Quote of the Day
“The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.” — President Dwight D. Eisenhower
Contributed by Sean Kay, a professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan University. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.
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