By John “Mick” Bednarek & Svante E. Cornell, RealClearDefense: "Much of the outrage and frustration for the U.S. withdrawal from Syria focused on America’s long-standing relationship with the Kurds, without differentiating between Kurdish groups."
By James Holmes, Proceedings: "Long ago an inscription at the Temple of Apollo at Delphi advised supplicants to know thyself. Chinese sage Sun Tzu outdid the Greek oracle, instructing disciples to know the enemy and know yourself. Heed this counsel and in a hundred battles you will never be in peril."
By Rachel S. Cohen, Air Force Magazine: "Air Combat Command has pulled its E-8C Joint STARS fleet out of the Middle East after 18 years, another change for the platform that recently saw its long-running replacement effort cancelled and is ramping up in-house maintenance."
Marine Corps Training Shifts to Great Power Competition
By Stew Magnuson, National Defense Magazine: "“We want to get good at that again,” Reid said. “It’s not just about training the tactics. It’s about systems. It’s about thought processes. It’s about — when you’re facing somebody that has equal or better equipment than you, that is as dedicated to the fight as you — can you make rapid decisions by taking in information and then implement those decisions across kind of a domain challenged environment to take action?”"
By Mark B. Schneider, RealClearDefense: "The Thunder-2019 strategic nuclear exercise was reportedly the largest of its class. The announced duration was three days rather than the usual one. It continued the trend toward an increased number of live nuclear missile launches. This was the first large nuclear exercise in which there were intermediate-range Kalibr cruise missiles and 9M729 nuclear-capable cruise missile launches. Neither the U.S. nor any NATO state has counterparts for these weapons, so there is little likelihood they were being used in response to the U.S. or NATO first use. Even if we had comparable weapons, the probability we would use them in a conventional war would be close to zero."
Focusing on Quality Over Quantity in the U.S. Military Budget
By Michael E. O'Hanlon & James N. Miller, Brookings: "While it is true that U.S. military spending far exceeds all other nations, including rivals China and Russia, James Miller and Michael O'Hanlon note that defense spending is lower as a percent of GDP than it was during much of the Cold War and in the late 2000s."
Digital Interoperability and the Transformation of USMC Aviation
By Robbin Laird, SLD.info: “With the transformation of Marine Corps Aviation, the older notion of the ARG-MEU is being replaced by a much more flexible concept of the amphibious task force."
Moor-pedo: A Strategic Weapon to Re-shape Naval Conflict
By Brian Dulla, USNI Blog: “Nearly every mine warfare article or presentation starts off with the same sentence: “Naval mines have sunk or damaged more ships since the end of World War II than all other weapons combined.” This rhetoric, while true, has done nothing to sustain a U.S. strategic mining capability."
The U.S. Army’s Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next War
By James A. Warren, The Daily Beast: "While the U.S. Army was bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan, China and Russia were dexterously outflanking American military capabilities."