Work: Bold Steps Needed for U.S. Military to Keep Technological Advantage

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    By OTTO KREISHER, Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — The United States is facing the return of “great power competition” with a resurgent Russia and a rising China, and the military must take bold steps to retain its technological advantage, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Dec. 14.

    The global proliferation of technology that has accompanied this end to U.S. global dominance is reflected in the growing anti-access, area-denial (A2AD) capabilities of potential adversaries that threaten America’s ability to project military power into a crucial theater, Work told the Center for a New American Security forum.

    Overcoming the A2AD threat is one of the key objectives of the Third Offset Strategy that Work is leading in the Pentagon. The offset strategy also seeks to build the nation’s ability to prevent a great power conflict through “deterrence by denial,” Work said.

    The offset strategy has five building blocks, Work said, which seek to use technological advances to “make the human more effective in combat.”

    More here ( Including the 5 offset blocks) : http://www.seapowermagazine.org/stories/20151214-work-cnas.html
     
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    2017 Budget Proposal to Include Billions for Next-Generation Weapons Research
    12/14/2015
    By Jon Harper

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    The Obama administration's 2017 budget proposal will include up to $15 billion to advance the Defense Department's “third offset strategy,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work said Dec. 14 in Washington, D.C.

    The Pentagon’s new strategy, unveiled last year, is focused on developing new technologies and operating concepts that will offset the growing conventional military capabilities of potential adversaries such as Russia and China.

    “It’s going to rely initially on wargaming, experimentation and demonstrations,” Work said at a conference hosted by the Center for a New American Security. The Defense Department will likely spend $12 billion to $15 billion in fiscal year 2017 on these activities, he said.
    The administration is set to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal the first week of February.
    Defense Department leaders are hoping to lay the groundwork for future advances in the third offset strategy so it will survive after Obama administration officials leave office, Work said.

    “A successful offset strategy will go from administration to administration, so for the next year we are focused on doing the intellectual underpinning and doing as much of the demonstration work as we possibly can so that Congress will help us keep this going,” Work said. “I will argue that when you look back between ’16 and ’17, there were a lot of technological bets that allow us” to push it forward.

    More here: http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=2049
     
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    The Russian and Chinese are investing heavily in asymmetric warfare. They know that they can't compete with us conventionally. They are putting heavy emphasis on EW and Cyber capabilities. They also use their english language media outlets to demoralize our population and make it seem as though having a big powerful military is bad for our country.
     
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    This is so evident too from Sputnik and RT. I remember looking up railgun and laser stuff, and there would be RT, Sputnik, and other Russian-owned media articles on them by the hundreds. Its pretty crazy.
     
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    I would concentrate on developing technologies and acquiring systems that are able to counter hybrid warfare, and unconventional warfare. I don't think that we will face any conventional threat from big countries with nuclear weapons (China and Russia) .
     
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    Smaller, faster, cheaper - go with the old Soviet model of quantity over quality. Not in all things, technology has its place, but its also a vulnerability that drives up costs and opens new avenues to be attacked.

    Overwhelm an adversary with drone swarms:



    Go with the Iranian option of lost cost, high volume surface combatants to counteract a peer adversary - one in both tech and numbers terms:



    Larger numbers, less sophistication.

    Of course these are being planned for too, drones, especially small ones without the safeguards of their larger counterparts are very suseptable to ECM, or even basic geofencing:

    Russian jammer:

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    Geofencing illustration:

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    But first and foremost, protect your systems and influence everyone elses. Cyber is punishing in ways bombs aren't. You can repair a damaged power-station, but if the electricity is out can you sweep a virus or trojan from the system?

    I'm asking @Sven to drop by sometime soon, I spending this, next and the following week with him, hopefully he can give us some insight into his research too. He's involved in some cutting edge medical research:

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    Military cybernetics is only one area that's progressing nicely.
     
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    This is a very stimulating conversation on the future of warfare. George Friedman and Robert Kaplan are talking about how precision weapons have changed warfare in the sense that you need less platforms (a few jets) to carry out a target whereas in the past you needed many platforms (hundreds of bombers) to destroy one target. They predict that warfare will not be on a scale as large as some of the past wars because less equipment is needed to carry out effective attacks.

     
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    I think the speed boat or small patrol boat concept is a great idea however they must be equipped with a sufficient amount of guided missiles to destroy enemy ships without getting in range of a ship's naval guns. I would not be surprised if in the near future we see a combination of unmanned boats and unmanned helicopters being used as a primary method of attack at sea.

    You could have a ship similar to the one below operating in the ocean carrying several speed boats that are armed with anti-ship missiles

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    You could also have another one that just carries UAVs capable of carrying out both attack and reconnaissance. To keep costs low civilian ships could be acquired.

    This allows you to send low cost assets against the enemies high cost ships.
     
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    Any interest from the US military in a return to low-cost, high performance hydrofoils? The old Pegasus class:

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    Were fast and deadly, each armed with 4 RGM-84s. The Navy didn't really want them, they wanted large ships, but congress mandates that the project went ahead - 6 were built.

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    These boats where actually designed with combating small craft in mind, mainly Warsaw Pact missile boats like the Osa II Class:

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    I can't see how they couldn't be updated for more modern conflicts and threats with networked sensors and longer-ranged missiles? Swarms of small, high performance missile boats could wreck a much large navy with ease, and interestingly, this is a strategy China is leveraging as well with its Type 022 Class missile boats:

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    Why not take a page from your enemies playbook and turn their strategy back onto them?
     
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