LTC Mike Jason (US Army) on the mechanics of preparing his battalion for a deployment with only 90 days warning

Mar 18, 2014

Duration: 00:10:28

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In this November 13, 2013 interview, LTC Jason details his battalion's preparations for a deployment to Afghanistan given only 90 days' notice He describes how they executed the required shifts in organization and training, and the types of experiences he felt enabled the level of adaptation he and the unit exhibited.

LTC Mike Jason (US Army) on his experiences, as a "general purpose force" commander, in Afghanistan

Mar 18, 2014

Duration: 00:04:54

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In this November 13, 2013 interview, LTC Jason talks about how his combined special operations task force, built around a combined arms battalion, was organized and operated in Afghanistan.

LTC Mike Jason (US Army) on lessons learned about integrating conventional and special operations forces

Mar 18, 2014

Duration: 00:05:24

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In this November 13, 2013 interview, LTC Jason offers his views on the opportunities to leverage the relative strengths of special operations and conventional forces, based on his experiences in Afghanistan. He sees great potential for such integration in multiple different environments going forward.

LTC Mike Jason (US Army) on the future need for cavalry

Mar 18, 2014

Duration: 00:02:32

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In this November 13, 2013 interview, LTC Jason reflects on his past deployments and whether there remains a need for cavalry in the future. He argues that the platform is less important, and that the cavalry's core competencies of protection, firepower, communication and mobility will always be in demand.

LTC Mike Jason (US Army) on the requirements for soldiers and squads in the future

Mar 18, 2014

Duration: 00:04:02

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In this November 13, 2013 interview, LTC Jason notes that individual soldier equipment has gotten much better, and that the emphasis on the squad came at the right time. He argues that mounted squad training is more straightforward than it is for dismounted squads, and that leader development must remain a key area of interest.

LTC Mike Jason (US Army) on the utility of tanks going forward

Mar 18, 2014

Duration: 00:03:54

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In this November 13, 2013 interview, LTC Jason offers his perspective on the importance of tanks. He highlights the hedge that protected firepower offers against uncertainty, while acknowledging tanks' cost and manpower-intensity.

LTC Mike Jason (US Army) on the biggest opportunities and challenges for the Army

Mar 18, 2014

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In this November 13, 2013 interview, LTC Jason highlights the high level of public support for the military and the experience levels of the force as advantages for today's Army. He sees stress on the force and its manifestation as one of its biggest challenges, along with fiscal strain. To keep the Army moving forward, Jason calls for a balance between keeping junior leaders stimulated and challenged on the one hand while returning to greater discipline and standard procedures on the other.

Ground Forces in the News - March 18, 2014

Mar 18, 2014

Pentagon’s February Contracts Drop 48% in Extended Slump
March 17, 2014
Bloomberg
By Jonathan Salant

“Pentagon contracts dropped 48 percent in February, extending a slump that has awards near the lowest level in almost two years. The Defense Department announced contracts with a maximum value of $12 billion last month, compared with $23.1 billion a year earlier, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. They fell to $8.44 billion in January, the worst showing in at least 23 months.”

Re-enlistment resurgence: Encouraging news on available boat spaces
March 17, 2014
Marine Corps Times
By James K. Sanbron

“Following a chill in re-enlistment opportunities this year, those vying to remain in uniform can expect a resurgence for fiscal 2015, with significantly more boat spaces on the horizon for first- and subsequent-term Marines. A Marine Corps Times analysis of figures contained in the Navy Department’s proposed FY2015 budget reveals that the percentage of first-term Marines able to remain in uniform next year will reach its highest level in half a decade even as the service continues cutting an average of 5,000 Marines each year through 2017,when it will hit 174,000”

Why Are Navy Helos Getting Marginalized?
March 13, 2014
Next Navy

“The Navy’s new budget suggests that the humble Navy helicopter has fallen out of favor. Traditionally, the simple ole’ helicopter has been one of the more effective means for surface ships to pursue Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) and Anti-Swarm operations. The run-of-the-mill helicopter remains critical for surface combatant resupply, personnel transfer and (sometimes) ISR. It adds flexibility. But a glimpse at the Navy’s proposed budget suggests the simple Navy helo is being de-emphasized. The MH-60R (a surface warfare and ASW asset–see pic above) was cut, the Firescout zeroed out, and even heavy-lift CH-53K production sliding right (again).”

The Soldier as a System- Insights from a roundtable discussion

Mar 10, 2014

 On January 31, 2013, CSIS hosted a roundtable workshop with experts from the Army and Marine Corps, Congress, the Executive Branch, and the private sector to discuss the future of the Soldier as a System. The discussion began with an overview of the future operational environment by the US Army War College’s Nathan Freier.

Explaining the Caucasus Emirate's Silence, So Far, Around Sochi

Mar 10, 2014

By Gordon M. Hahn

Sochi_Winter_Olympic_Opening_34 Why was there no jihadist attack at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games? As the XXII Winter Olympics got under way in Sochi, observers focused on the various terrorist threats hanging over the Games. U.S. National Counter-Terrorism Center Director Matthew Olson told Congress that U.S. and Russian intelligence were tracking several threats with “varying degrees” of credibility.

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