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Force Planning for the Era of Great Power Competition 

From Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments: “ ... a “more of the same” planning approach will not create a future force that is capable of projecting power effectively into threat environments where “every operating domain— outer space, air, sea, undersea, land and cyberspace—is contested.””

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The Worst Moment for The Worst Secretary of State

Former ambassador Eric S. Edelman concurs. “The press appearance was the most humiliating, degrading performance by a secretary of state that I have seen in my lifetime. He was clearly ordered by the White House to go out and lavish slavish praise on the president.” He points out that “Trump’s comment that Tillerson has refuted the story and NBC owes an apology is evidence” that Tillerson was ordered by the White House to go out there. Edelman adds, “His statement was actually the quintessence of the non-denial denial.”

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Another Continuing Resolution Makes for More Pentagon Angst

“The mismatch of supply vs. demand in the Seventh Fleet and the fleet at large” is one issue the Navy should be looking at, Bryan Clark, a retired naval officer and now senior fellow at Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said in an e-mail to Seapower. “Keeping 100 ships deployed overseas for the last 20 years as the fleet shrank by more than 20 percent is stressing ships and crews. Seventh Fleet may be the ‘canary in the coalmine’ because of its location and higher [operations tempo].”

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Pentagon Should Address new Russian and Chinese Strategies

A new report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments urges the Pentagon to shift its force planning to account for new war-fighting strategies adopted by China and Russia.