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August 16, 2013  

Who supports whom? | CNO’s plan | Rebutting ‘Carriers’

Naval War College professor Milan Vego points to a dangerously unsettled point of doctrine: “When a joint force goes to war at sea, sound command and control requires that the force’s commander clearly state the support relationship between the maritime component commander and the air component commander — that is, who supports whom?”

CNO Jonathan Greenert’s three-page “Navigation Plan” offers a quick read on how the five-year budget plan fits with his goals for the Navy.

Reader charliemikelima26 says T.X. Hammes’ Beyond Carriers” piece in AFJ misses several points. “Col. Hammes’ peek into future weapons that could threaten a surface ship leaves out a critical aspect of the discussion, namely the defense. Smaller, more powerful processors do not aid only anti-ship missiles…” Read the whole thing.

Warlord’s Quote of the Day

“If you want to know how scared you’ve a right to be, look at the men around you. And if you happen to be a young subaltern, remember that they’re looking at you.” — George MacDonald Fraser, “Quartered Safe Out Here.”

Contributed by Andrew Exum, a Middle East specialist who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and a Center for New American Security fellow. From a list compiled by the Warlord Loop, a private email forum for national security experts.

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