September 9, 2013  

Robots & chai | Afghan update | CyberCom ‘cowboy’

The size and precise roles of the U.S. contingent in Afghanistan are still being worked out, reports the Washington Times’ Kristina Wong.

Apropos of such missions comes Army intel officer Lt. Col. Douglas Pryor in SWJ: “Bombs, Missiles, and Robots Don’t Drink Chai: Why, More than Ever, We Must Embrace the Human Aspects of War.”

Is NSA/CyberCom’s Gen. Keith Alexander the cyberspook we need — or a “cowboy” who’s roaming past legal fences? Foreign Policy’s Shane Harris argues the latter.

Whose navies have flight decks in the Pacific? The Diplomat has a quick roundup.

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“War, it ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker. War, friend only to the undertaker.” — Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, “War.”

Contributed by Dave Dilegge, co-owner of Small Wars Journal. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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