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August 2, 2013  

Could Air-Sea Battle cause a war?

David Gompert and Terrence Kelly warn in Foreign Policy that the Pentagon’s new concept for defeating anti-access/area-denial efforts may actually hasten such conflicts: “But while the proponents of Air-Sea Battle are careful to say that the strategy isn’t focused on one specific adversary, we shouldn’t kid ourselves: The Chinese see it as aimed at them.” Go to article.

Timothy Edgar, a civil-liberties lawyer who has worked both for DNI Clapper and the ACLU, writes in the Wall Street Journal about “the vast gulf” between the way the public views spy agencies and the way the intelligence community views itself: “I’ve seen the safeguards in place. The public would be reassured if these measures were made generally known.” Go to article.

The Economist underlines how fragile the GPS signal is: “Every day for up to ten minutes near the London Stock Exchange, someone blocks signals from the global positioning system (GPS) network of satellites. Navigation systems in cars stop working and timestamps on trades made in financial institutions can be affected. The incidents are not a cyber-attack by a foreign power, though.” Go to article.

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“As a nation, everything we say, everything we do, and everything we fail to say or do, will have its impact in other lands.” — President Dwight Eisenhower, 1952

Contributed by Matt Armstrong, formerly Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. Armstrong is a member of the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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