Avascent Global Advisor Wallace “Chip” Gregson recently penned an op-ed for The National Interest laying out a strategic vision to counter Chinese expansion across the South China Sea. Lieutenant General Gregson (USMC, Ret.) highlighted that a recent U.S. Pacific Command exercise with the Philippines that ended in mid-April demonstrated U.S. and allied capabilities and hoped it signaled the beginning of a sustained U.S. presence embedded with its allies in the region. The piece went on to argue that one exercise should not be the end of the United States’ work and that the challenge will be to maintain both deterrence and strong diplomacy so allies are reassured of U.S. support, while China is reassured that the United States and its allies are not trying to keep China down. Read the full piece by Lieutenant General Wallace “Chip” Gregson (USMC, Ret.) here.
Avascent’s Jay Carmel recently appeared at the 2016 Aircraft eEnablement Connectivity and IFE Conference to present on the future potential of eEnablement and aircraft connectivity. As reported in Get Connected, a news blog covering aircraft connectivity news, Carmel said that eEnablement is poised to revolutionize the aviation ecosystem by using “data creation, subscription, analysis, consolidation, and value-added capabilities” to help airlines. He also noted that airlines need to elevate eEnablement as a strategic priority and devote proper resources to its successful design and implemention. As costs associated with mobile phone data have recently plummeted, Carmel predicted that the same will happen in the inflight connectivity market. Read more about the presentation here.
The resulting contracts of the partnership between the Pentagon and Silicon Valley, known as the Defense Innovation Unit – Experimental (DIUx) will be announced soon. However, these deals are expected to be much smaller than those we usually see coming from these communities, and we should not be tempted to judge the success of the program by their sticker price. With the upcoming presidential election almost certainly resulting in a review of defense spending, we must define what success would look like for the DIUx program.
Avascent’s Chris Meissner and August Cole lay out three barometers against which to measure the effort. Read more about how DIUx can hope to measure up at Defense One.
In March’s issue of National Defense Magazine, Avascent’s Alex Haber analyzes Russia’s recent behavior in Ukraine and Syria, noting that, in order to promote interoperability in the face of international concerns, NATO must develop a new resource strategy that does more to build trust among its members and achieve interconnectivity between its networks.
To achieve greater alignment of its assets, Haber advises, NATO should: downsize and narrow the scope of joint exercises to more accurately reflect Europe’s diverse battle space; conduct in-theater platform demonstrations to sync up warfighters and platforms from its many member states that would need to cooperate in the same contested battlespace in the event of an attack; and synchronize and secure software system networks. Ultimately, this means that NATO members need to invest a different mix of resources into the organization if they wish to be able to properly defend themselves from external threats. Read the full article at National Defense.
The year is 2021 and IRGC Cyber Army Major General Esmail Madani is writing a memo to IRGC Commander Mohammad Ali Jafari. The memo reports that the most effective way to end U.S. intervention in the Middle East is to use the IRGC Cyber Army to gain control of the Social Security Administration’s records and hold it ransom, shutting off payments to seniors if the U.S. government does not comply with demands.
Avascent Senior Analyst Benjamin Locks writes this vivid portrayal of future warfare tactics, in turn highlighting areas where defense agencies may seek to strengthen in the coming years. Read more of the memo at the U.S. Naval Institute blog.