“China’s particular niche in cyber has been theft of intellectual property. … Their view is that there are no rules of the
road in cyber, there are no laws that they’re breaking. There
are no standards of behavior, and so we have asked them to
meet with us in order to establish some rules of the road so
that we don’t have these friction points in our relationship.”
Gen. Martin Dempsey
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
During a speech on cyber security at the Brookings Institution.
Defense News, June 27
“Right now, we have no surface vessels, no law enforcement
detachment, no way to support the mission except for the maritime patrol aircraft — the P-3s — that are right now flying under
reduced hours. That leaves large areas unwatched for long periods of time. Basically, there’s a free-for-all for the smugglers.”
Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris
Commander, U.S. Southern Command
On the lack of assets at Southern Command’s disposal to support its drug interdiction mission and other operations.
IHS Jane’s, June 19
contingency planning that has been
going on among top defense officials.
Reductions in the Pentagon’s
procurement and research accounts of 15 to 20 percent would
be common, with the department
forced to buy fewer ships, planes
and other equipment.
Training also would be curtailed
to save money, a fact that could result
in two Navy airwings not meeting
their full requirement of flight hours.
Such reductions in training in
the Navy and the other services
could lead to increases in flying
accidents and hurt troops’ morale.
Continued training cuts, Hagel
wrote, could leave the country with
a force not ready to fight effectively.
“I strongly oppose cuts of that
magnitude because, if they remain
in place for FY 2014 and beyond,
the size, readiness and technologi-
cal superiority of our military will
be reduced, placing at much
greater risk the country’s ability to
meet our current national security
commitments,” Hagel wrote.
Amos: Corps Could Cut
Another 8,000 Marines
The top Marine Corps general said
June 26 that if the full $500 billion in
defense budget sequestration cuts
run their course he would have to
cut perhaps another 8,000 Marines
below the 182,100 level he considers
acceptable. That would increase the
risk to the Corps’ ability to perform
its missions and to national security,
Gen. James F. Amos warned.
The Marine Corps commandant
also said sequestration would force
him to reduce the planned buys of
his major weapons programs,
including the F-35B Lightning II
joint strike fighter, which the
Marines consider essential to their
future aviation combat capabilities.
On other major future acquisition
programs, Amos said the proposed
Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) is
“off the table” and he might have to
forgo buying the Joint Light Tactical
Vehicle (JLTV) in order to preserve
the Amphibious Combat Vehicle.