06 OCT 17 Bull-It Points

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Now on to this week’s wrap-up…

Key Points:

Heritage Assessment of Military Power:

  • The U.S. does not have the right force to meet a two – major regional contingency (two-MRC) requirement and is not ready to carry out its duties effectively. Consequently, as we have seen during the past few years, the U.S. risks seeing its interests increasingly challenged and the world order it has led since World War II undone.
  • The Navy’s overall score for the 2018 Index is “marginal,” the same as for the previous year…. given the continued upward trends in OPTEMPO that have not been matched by similar increases in capacity or readiness funding, the Navy’s overall score could degrade in the near future if the service does not recapitalize and maintain the health of its fleet more robustly than is now the case.

The Future the US Military is Constructing: a Giant, Armed Nervous System:

  • Every weapon, vehicle, and device connected, sharing data, constantly aware of the presence and state of every other node in a truly global network. The effect: an unimaginably large cephapoloidal nervous system armed with the world’s most sophisticated weaponry.

Improving Advice and Earning Autonomy: Building Trust in the Strategic Dialogue:

Navy Digital Warfare Office Proving Data Analytics Can Help Address Nagging Operational Problems:

  • While its ultimate goal is to influence acquisition to create a smarter data environment – much the way industry has used big data to better reach its customers, create efficiencies in production and more – the office’s first major action is to create awareness of its mission through a series of pilots that tackle readiness problems in the aviation, surface ship and personnel communities that have not been solved with traditional approaches.

Social Media is ‘First Tool’ of 21st-Century Warfare, US Lawmaker Says:

  • “We may have in America the best 20th-century military that money can buy, but we’re increasingly in a world where cyber vulnerability, misinformation and disinformation may be the tools of conflict. What we may have seen are the first tools of 21st-century disinformation.” Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va.

Clips of Interest:

National Security/Defense

An Assessment of U.S. Military Power (The Heritage Foundation, 05 OCT 17) habk30fFKKp

The Heritage Foundation Index of U.S. Military Strength gauges the ability of the U.S. military to perform its missions in today’s world, and each subsequent edition will provide the basis for measuring the improvement or weakening of that ability. Link

The Future the US Military is Constructing: a Giant, Armed Nervous System(Defense One 26 Sep 17… By Patrick Tucker)

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Service chiefs are converging on a single strategy for military dominance: connect everything to everything. Leaders of the Air Force, Navy, Army and Marines are converging on a vision of the future military: connecting every asset on the global battlefield. Link

Improving Advice and Earning Autonomy: Building Trust in the Strategic Dialogue (The Strategy Bridge.Org, 03 Oct 17…By Jim Golby)

Over the last three U.S. presidential administrations, questions about the appropriate level of military autonomy have dominated the practice of civil-military relations at the strategic level. Link


USNI News-CNA Fleet and Marine Tracker: Oct. 3, 2017 (USNI, 03 Oct 17)

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Oct. 3, 2017. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship. Link to full tracker: Link

Special Report: Hurricane Maria (NavyLive Blog Rollup of Navy Coverage)



Here Are The Major Changes Coming To The Navy After A Year Of Deadly Mishaps (Task and Purpose, 02 Oct 17…By Sarah Sicard)

Since the Navy announced its plan to make changes during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing Sept. 19, officials have made four major moves — and the Chief of Naval Operations says there are many still to come. Link

Navy Digital Warfare Office Proving Data Analytics Can Help Address Nagging Operational Problems (USNI News, 04 OCT 17…By Megan Eckstein)

THE PENTAGON – The Navy is seeing first-hand that thoughtful data collection and analysis can go a long way in addressing lingering readiness problems, as the Navy Digital Warfare Office continues to roll out a set of pilot programs meant to introduce the service to the benefits of data science. Link

Russia’s Latest Game: Challenging NATO at Sea (Bloomberg View, 05 OCT 17, By The Editors)

Russia just conquered a fictional country, and it’s scaring the heck out of some real ones. The Kremlin’s recent Zapad war game shows the need for NATO to do more to deter Russian aggression not just on land, but also on the Baltic Sea. Link


When communicating major change, watch your step (Good Company Blog Tribe PR, 03 Oct 17…By Elizabeth Baskin)

How does a company communicate a major change? In many cases, not well. In a Tribe study with employees nationwide, 84% of respondents said their companies handle change communications “poorly.” Link


Social Media is ‘First Tool’ of 21st-Century Warfare, US Lawmaker Says (Defense One, 29 Sep 17…By Jack Corrigan)

One lawmaker believes Russia’s use of social media to influence last year’s election demonstrated how warfare has moved away from the battlefield and toward the internet. And the U.S. has been slow to adjust, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said Thursday. Link

Does Even Mark Zuckerberg Know What Facebook Is? (New York Magazine, 03 OCT 17…By Max Read)

Mark Zuckerberg had just returned from paternity leave, and he wanted to talk about Facebook, democracy, and elections and to define what he felt his creation owed the world in exchange for its hegemony. A few weeks earlier, in early September, the company’s chief security officer had admitted that Facebook had sold $100,000 worth of ads on its platform to Russian­ government ­linked trolls who intended to influence the American political process. Now, in a statement broadcast live on Facebook on September 21 and subsequently posted to his profile page, Zuckerberg pledged to increase the resources of Facebook’s security and election ­integrity teams and to work “proactively to strengthen the democratic process.” Link

Cyber Security Awareness Month

On Data Breaches: Beware of Professional IT Pride Leading to a Fall (Government Technology, 01 OCT 17…By Dan Lohrman)

We have witnessed headline-grabbing data breaches at Equifax, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Deloitte in the past month. Many other global companies and governments have seen massive security incidents over the past few years. There are endless lessons learned, but very few talk about this cyber blind spot that impacts us all. Link

For Fun


In 2017 it seems that everyone is in everyone else’s business, and the list foreshadows the coming battles as various industries, and the titans who captain them, increasingly weave together into one. Link

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