As top U.S. and NATO generals wait for the end of the fighting season in Afghanistan, James Stavridis, the former NATO supreme commander-turned-Fletcher School dean, argues in Foreign Policy that the time has come to decide how many troops will remain there after 2014 — he suggests 15,000 — and make it public.
At Lawfare, Jack Goldsmith predicts that the Snowden revelations will actually, if eventually, help boost the NSA’s role in protecting U.S.-based companies and organizations from online attacks. (See also Zach Fryer-Biggs’ Defense News interview with Christopher Painter, the State Department’s coordinator for cyber issues.)
Meanwhile, Army Times reports that the Army is looking at new options for “pocket artillery”: essentially, small tube-launched drones.
Warlord’s Quote of the Day
“Never interrupt your opponent while he is making a mistake.” — Napoleon Bonaparte
Contributed by David Betz, a senior lecturer and head of the Insurgency Research Group in the War Studies Department, King’s College London. Betz is a member of the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.
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