Wednesday, June 17, 2020

THE PRESIDENT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER AND THE LATEST ACTION FROM CAPITOL HILL ON POLICE REFORM

More on this with BRIAN BOYD, a 30-plus year professional intelligence analyst and counter terrorism specialist. He is a former Green Beret, and was part of the leadership of the Joint Special Operations Command which oversees the Special Forces, Seal Team 6 and the Delta Force. He also served in the Departments of Defense, Justice & Treasury. Boyd worked for three US Departments which apparently is unique in the intelligence community.

THE KILL CHAIN: DEFENDING AMERICA IN THE FUTURE OF HIGH-TECH WARFARE, by Christian Brose (Author)

Publisher: Hachette Books (April 21, 2020)

When we think about the future of war, the military and Washington and most everyone gets it backwards. We think in terms of buying single military systems, such as fighter jets or aircraft carriers. And when we think about modernizing those systems, we think about buying better versions of the same things. But what really matters is not the single system but “the battle network”—the collection of sensors and shooters that enables a military to find an enemy system, target it, and attack it. This process is what the military calls “the kill chain”—how you get from detection to action, and do it as quickly as possible. THE KILL CHAIN: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare (4/21/20; Hachette Books; 9780316533539; $28) argues that the future of war is not about buying better versions of the same systems we have always had; it is about buying faster, better kill chains. As former Staff Director for the Senate Armed Services Committee and senior policy advisor to Senator John McCain, Christian Brose saw this reality up close. In THE KILL CHAIN he elaborates on one of the greatest strategic predicaments facing America now: that we are playing a losing game. Our military’s technological superiority and traditional approach to projecting power have served us well for decades, when we faced lesser opponents. But now we face highly capable and motivated forces using advanced technologies to erode our military edge, and with it, our ability to prevent war, deter aggression, and maintain peace.

CHRISTIAN BROSE served as Staff Director for the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2014-2018 and was the youngest person to hold the position in the Committee’s history. He served as Sen. John McCain’s senior policy advisor from 2009-2014, advising on all issues related to national security, foreign policy, intelligence, and trade. Brose was senior editor at Foreign Policy from 2008-2009, and served as policy advisor and chief speechwriter to Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice. He began his career as speechwriter for Sec. of State Colin Powell in 2004. Brose graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in political science, then received his master’s in international economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons.