Ground Forces in the News - February 11, 2014

Feb 11, 2014

Commentary: Seduced by Success
Feb 10, 2014
Armed Forces Journal
By Daniel Davis

“Conventional wisdom holds that the past decade-plus of combat has forged a group of Army leaders as good as any our country has ever produced. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates went further in 2010, calling today’s Army “the most professional, the best educated, the most capable force this country has ever sent into battle.” Can this be true? Or is it hubris? In fact, the military conditions under which we’ve operated for the past two decades have been historically atypical. They have allowed too many in uniform to believe the hype. What happens when men whose whole professional life has known only success meet real challenges and the threat of defeat?”

Soldiers say Army’s battlefield intelligence network is a life-threatening disaster
Feb 9, 2014
The Washington Times
By Rowan Scarborough

“An internal memo from the U.S. command in Afghanistan says soldiers are voicing strong complaints about the Army’s battlefield intelligence network, for which Congress just slashed spending by 60 percent. The $28 billion Distributed Common Ground System is too slow and unstable and hurts operations in some cases, say intelligence officers who rely on the computer network to collect and quickly dispense data on hard-to-find insurgents and the homemade bombs they plant.”

Ground Forces in the News - February 10, 2014

Feb 10, 2014

3-star AFRICOM commander details future missions on the continent
Feb 10, 2014
Army Times
By Gina Harkins

“Despite the violence and instability that captures headlines, the long-held perception that Africa is a “hopeless continent” is rapidly changing, said Marine Lt. Gen. Steven Hummer, deputy to the commander for military operations at AFRICOM. Steady economic growth has sparked strong interest among industry and business leaders around the world, Hummer said, with some experts likening it to the boom of Asian markets in recent decades.”

Defense Analyst Ben FitzGerald on Future Global Trends and Their Ground Force Implications

Feb 10, 2014

Duration: 00:02:08

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In this October 31, 2013 interview, Ben FitzGerald, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security discusses how urbanization and rapid technological change will pose unique challenges for ground forces in the future.

Defense Analyst Ben FitzGerald on Offensive Cyber Warfare at the Operational and Tactical Levels

Feb 10, 2014

Duration: 00:02:58

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In this October 31, 2013 interview, Ben FitzGerald, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security observes that national level cyber assets may have utility at tactical levels but there is a lack of willingness by higher authorities to do so.

Defense Analyst Ben FitzGerald on the Greater Use of Unmanned Systems

Feb 10, 2014

Duration: 00:02:39

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In this October 31, 2013 interview, Ben FitzGerald, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security argues that the use of unmanned platforms is only going to grow. He is particularly concerned about questions of attribution and the potential implications for crisis management, escalation, and sovereignty.

Defense Analyst Ben FitzGerald on Game Changing and Disruptive Technologies

Feb 10, 2014

Duration: 00:05:21

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In this October 31, 2013 interview, Ben FitzGerald, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, suggests that the primary challenge in identifying important technologies is understanding what will clear critical developmental hurdles. He also states that technological superiority is a strategic choice , not a given, and must be deliberately pursued. He notes that trends in manufacturing and biology show great future promise but also will be challenging in some ways to adopt.

Defense Analyst Ben FitzGerald on the Strategic Landpower Concept and the Army's Way Ahead

Feb 10, 2014

Duration: 00:05:04

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In this October 31, 2013 interview, Ben FitzGerald, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security argues that the Army is on the right course with this concept but it needs more development work. He argues that the Army is casting about for the best way forward, but should refine their ideas soon. He endorses the idea of a convergence of the human, land, and cyber domains, but warns against assuming perfect situational awareness.

Defense Analyst Ben Fitzgerald on the Changes to the Australian Defense Force (ADF)

Feb 7, 2014

Duration: 00:02:25



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In this October 31, 2013 interview, Ben FitzGerald, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security observes that there are two processes at work within the ADF: force restructuring and capability development. He sees Australia engaging first economically and then militarily within the dynamic Asian region.

Defense Analyst Ben FitzGerald on Future Capabilities Necessitated by Anti-Access/Area-Denial (A2/AD) Threats

Feb 7, 2014

Duration: 00:04:01

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In this October 31, 2013 interview, Ben FitzGerald, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, observes how the U.S. has chosen to impose costs upon itself in response to A2/AD threat.  The best response, he argues, may be large numbers of cheaper systems rather than developing complex, expensive systems that provide fewer force options and increase fear of loss.  He argues that prioritizing payloads over platforms is good but believes that the overall process of capability development is most important. 

Defense Analyst Ben FitzGerald on the Ground Forces’ Role in the Asia-Pacific Rebalance

Feb 7, 2014

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Please watch this October 31, 2013 interview, as Ben FitzGerald, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security argues that ground forces will play a critical role in phase 0 operations in the Pacific, necessitated in part by the political prominence of armies in many Asian nations.

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