Invisible Doomsday Machines: The Challenge of Clandestine Capabilities and Deterrence – War on the Rocks

Stanley Kubrick’s iconic black comedy Dr. Strangelove remains one of the most insightful works on deterrence. The film revolves around the Doomsday Machine…

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How drone swarms could change urban warfare [Commentary]

The range of challenges in urban environments is broad. The enemy defender generally has the advantage. To take back the initiative, the Army should deploy current drone technologies to empower soldiers to address some of the fundamental challenges of urban warfare.

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The House Intelligence Committee’s Section 702 Markup Was a Politicized Debacle

The House Intelligence Committee’s failure to have a full public debate on the real threats posed by Section 702 was a disservice to those whom members of Congress serve: the American people.

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Exposing Russian Interference – The Value of Real-Time Forensics

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to exploit open and free U.S. cyberspace, which serves as a force multiplier for commerce and freedom of expression, with hacking and discoverable influence operations. Conducting all-source forensics following these Russian attacks on our democratic process, U.S. social media networking sites are in the incident response phase — “to the right of boom.”

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Bad Idea: Accountability in Defense Acquisition

 

Perplexing suggestion to give up on accountability because there are complex design and development life cycles. That is why there is governance, life-cycle management, standards, enterprise architecture and risk management. The article claims that bad metrics make accountability impossible. Pun intended, this is a prime example of a bad metric (assumption) leading to a defective product (conclusion.) Lat arising manufacturing, labor, political or any problems may not (or actually may) be relevant to, for example an earlier bad decision on vendor selection or supply chain, but each gate’s decision can be held to standards and metrics relevant to, and foreseeable at that gate.

partnering with the Center for Strategic and International Studies to bring you their fab Bad Ideas series through the Christmas holiday season. They produced three today. I’m betting Sen. John McCain will most enjoy the first of the three, this one by Andrew Hunter, on why it’s so damn complex and often difficult to know just who to hold responsible for acquisition malpractice. We’re putting the three pieces up separately.

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