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Prolific military correspondent Sean Naylor wrote a piece for Yahoo News, about how the U.S. Army is refocusing its training from low intensity conflicts (LIC) to major conflicts with near-peer adversaries (e.g. Russia and China).

This year’s National Defense Strategy charged the military with preparing for high-intensity conflict against major nation-state threats like Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

I was on the front end of the Army's transition to LIC focused training, back in 1987. I had just missed my unit's rotation through the National Training Center (NTC) in California, which is focused primarily on fighting a heavy tank force in a desert environment, and in the five years that I was in the unit, we never went back.

...continue reading "After years of fighting insurgencies, the Army pivots to training for a major war"

Margaret O’Mara had a great piece in the NYT yesterday, about the history of Silicon Valley and its roots in the defense industrial complex. People not familiar with the area tend to think that Silicon Valley started with the tech boom, in the 1990's.

Defense contracts during and after World War II turned Silicon Valley from a somnolent landscape of fruit orchards into a hub of electronics production and innovations ranging from mainframes to microprocessors to the internet.

...continue reading "Silicon Valley Can’t Escape the Business of War"