The Crossroads of Special Operations

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Norms for space should be key to arms control negotiations, generals say | Air Force Magazine

Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, the commander of US Northern Command, and Lt. Gen. John Shaw, the deputy commander of US Space Command, both confessed before a House Armed Services subcommittee on the fiscal 2022 budget for missile defense initiatives. Both gave similar responses when asked by Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) what they like to talk about first in any dialogue. According to Shaw, the space domain is an extra-global common that incorporates all parties involved, making it multilateral.

Source: https://www.airforcemag.com/norms-space-arms-control-negotiations/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%206.16.21&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

What to do when you’re met with resistance from your manager | Fast Company

It might be stressful and depressing to run across resistance from your boss. Keep in mind that your career should be seen in the long term. It’ll be long and winding, with many twists and turns. Pausing to observe where you might need to pivot is a good way to protect your best interests. Then, change the way you communicate your insights and comments. Most essentially, acquire data—ask for a 360-degree evaluation so you can see exactly where you stand with your boss. Then keep experimenting to find the most effective manner to communicate your views.

Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/90646286/what-to-do-when-youre-met-with-resistance-from-your-manager

Don’t be an impatient leader! Good leaders know how to wait | Entrepreneur

Waiting must rank among the most uncomfortable feelings and is a commitment to the “in the meantime.” That is, every time a plan or a new concept is developed, it must be tested in the real world and its mechanics observed. When things don’t work out right away, we must wait instead of torturing ourselves with the prompt: “If it doesn’t work, we must rapidly turn the wheel.” Not this way. The greatest leaders make swift decisions, but they don’t always move the steering wheel!

Source: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/374742?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=webfeeds

5 reasons to stop watching the news (and how to do it) | Develop Good Habits

In the past, watching the news was a terrific way to discover the world, keep up with what was going on in your town, and hear from some of the professionals. Now, the news is solely concerned with statistics, and they will find a way to keep you riveted to the television. Sadly, most of what is reported in the press has been sensationalized. Some of it could be downright wrong. As a result, this is no longer a trustworthy source of information, and it may even be leading to mental health problems.

Source: https://www.developgoodhabits.com/stop-watching-news/

The US military is tearing itself apart over ‘wokeness,’ and it’s only helping America’s enemies | Task & Purpose


It all started with Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s rant about how the Air Force’s new maternity uniforms are evidence of President Joe Biden’s feminization of the service. During a March 9th airing of his program, Carlson remarked that pregnant women would fight the battles of the country, which undermines the United States military. While China’s military gets more manly as it builds the world’s largest navy, the US military must become more feminine, whatever that means now that men and women no longer be relevant, as Joe Biden puts it. Those commentators and lawmakers knew right away that criticizing the military for becoming “woke” and criticizing any effort by the Defense Department to promote diversity or eradicate radicalism in the military was the fastest way to gain control.

Source: https://taskandpurpose.com/news/us-military-woke-debate-russia-china/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2006.14.21&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Building maritime security coalitions — Lessons learned from the Strait of Hormuz | War On the Rocks


Any effective maritime coalition involves common diplomatic goals, constant communication, explicit and versatile regulatory bodies and political directives, sustained and complementary resources, and a viable political structure, as demonstrated by the US and European-led efforts. The Biden administration, which has prioritized partnerships in its foreign policy agenda, will need to keep this learning in mind. Washington will strive to “revitalize America’s networks of alliances and partnerships that have made the globe safer for people,” as President Joe Biden stated at the Munich Security Conference. To achieve this goal, it will be necessary to examine the triumphs and failures of previous or continuing US-led coalitions.

Source: https://warontherocks.com/2021/06/building-maritime-security-coalitions-lessons-learned-from-the-strait-of-hormuz/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%2006.15.21&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Win or lose, U.S. war against China or Russia won’t be short | Bloomberg Opinion


The Pentagon is working to ensure triumph in the beginning stages of a clash with China or Russia. Great power wars, on the other hand, rarely finish after the first shot. The United States must be prepared for long-term, grinding fights that could last weeks or months, and it must consider how those battles will finish as well as how they will start. The US might try to terminate a long-running battle with China by imposing harsh economic and technological sanctions or by imposing a maritime blockade that prevents oil supplies and other vital imports. However, it may be necessary to deter an opponent from launching crippling cyberattacks or resorting to nuclear escalation using a combination of toughness and moderation.

Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-06-14/win-or-lose-war-against-china-or-russia-won-t-be-short?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%206.16.21&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Rank-and-file soldiers begin Special Forces-style security missions across Indo-Pacific | Stars & Stripes

Small groups of soldiers are being deployed all across the Indo-Pacific on tasks similar to those carried out by Special Forces. The soldiers are part of the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade, which is based at Joint Base Fort Lewis-McChord in Washington and has already deployed to India, Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines. According to brigade spokesman Maj. Willian Leasure, the unit was established in May 2020 as part of a military strategy that asks for a shift away from counterterrorism campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. The brigade’s role, which entails fortifying ties and identifying new military allies, is considered critical to the strategic competition.

Source: https://www.stripes.com/theaters/asia_pacific/2021-06-17/rank-and-file-soldiers-begin-special-forces-style-security-missions-across-indo-pacific-1713171.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%206.17.21&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

GOP rep: If Biden doesn’t evacuate Afghan interpreters, ‘blood will be on his hands’ | The Hill

Michael Waltz, a Republican congressman and former Green Beret, urged President Biden on Wednesday to direct the urgent repatriation of Afghans who assisted US soldiers, warning that “blood will be on his hands” if he does not. The Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program for Afghans who served US forces is at the center of the problem. Years of setbacks have hampered the program, which now has a queue of hundreds of applicants. The Biden administration has stated that it is speeding up the application process. Still, senators have expressed concern that there is not enough time until all US soldiers leave, putting Afghans who assisted the US at the peril of being hunted down and assassinated.

Source: https://thehill.com/policy/defense/558838-gop-rep-if-biden-doesnt-evacuate-afghan-interpreters-blood-will-be-on-his?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%206.17.21&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

Fixing oversight of Special Operations Forces | War On the Rocks

During the previous 20 years of war, US special operations soldiers have emerged from the dark. In a period of great-power competition and geopolitical uncertainty, they have become the most well-known and respected branch of the US military, and their capacities will remain critical. Their rise in prestige, stature, and influence, however, has come at a price. The image of these elite soldiers has been tarnished by a growing number of disciplinary and entitlement issues, causing public concern and a recent thorough examination of the force’s ethics and values. To address this issue, a propose a novel solution is proposed: assign the Army secretary to oversee the special operations forces.

Source: https://warontherocks.com/2021/06/fixing-oversight-of-special-operations-forces/