$500-million program to train anti-Islamic State fighters appears stalled
Navy SEALs see no barrier to women in combat rankshttp://www.washingtontimes.
Elaine Donnelly, who runs the Center for Military Readiness, says she doubts that standards will be maintained because of political pressure."The presumption that tough standards in SEAL or Delta Force training would remain the same is in conflict with the administration's stated paramount goal of 'gender diversity metrics,' meaning quotas," Mrs. Donnelly said.She painted this scenario: "A few women might be accepted at minimum performance levels, displacing higher-scoring men. Then, to achieve higher numbers, officials would question, modify or incrementally drop physically demanding training elements while coping with new personal relationship complications in conditions of high stress and forced intimacy. The result would be less preparation and higher risks of injury, death or failure in sea/land special forces combat operations, with no trade-off benefits in terms of mission success."Mrs. Donnelly said she was "astonished" when a senior SOCOM officer appeared in the Pentagon briefing room and said, "We're looking for smart, qualified operators. You know, there's just — there's a new dynamic. I mean, the days of 'Rambo' are over.""This was an affront to the professionalism of Special Operations Forces everywhere," she said. "And policies affecting our most elite fighting forces should not be based on the fictional images, whether it's Sylvester Stallone as Rambo or Demi Moore as G.I. Jane."
China’s Secret Plan to Supplant the United States
If the strength of Pillsbury’s book is in the clarity of his argument and the fresh insights he provides, the weakness rests in the book’s lack of nuance. For example, although he acknowledges that there are moderates within China who do not subscribe to this marathon strategy, their perspectives and how much weight they have in the decision-making process are not explored. By the end of the book, I had the feeling that the author could only see the U.S-China relationship through this dark prism that he had constructed. In a few cases, he also overplays his hand. In discussing the environment, for example, he talks about China’s export of pollution, claiming that China will condemn the world to “smell, taste, and choke,” on Chinese success (186). Implicit in this is a failure to acknowledge that the people who suffer most from this pollution are the Chinese themselves. I don’t really believe that China’s pollution problem is a deliberate or malign effort to make the world suffer.
Syria’s Rebels on Winning Streak—In Alliance With Al Qaeda
SECRET AGENT MAN: HOW TO THINK ABOUT AUTONOMY
So while the makeup of the agent is important, what it is doing and what it is interacting with matters too. And while AI itself poses unique and enormously complex problems, in principle, an agent approach to framing this issue is actually not that much different from Cold War debates over whether or not decentralizing conventional and nuclear military units was worth the risk of accidental war if they provided guarantees of survivability. A recentDefenseOne article
pondered in a similar vein whether AI agents, empowered to do human bidding, would lead to an accidental “flash war” if left unimpeded.So what agency are you willing to give to a software program that may, in the course of executing your will, end up (perhaps for reasons completely external to the program) doing something other than what you want it to? Experts in AI and robotics have dramatically differing op inions. But the inconsistent and contradictory “anarchy” of AI methods cannot determine the answer alone. Nor will vague-sounded musings about “autonomy” save us. If we really want to regulate the killer robots, we have to ask ourselves a similar set of questions as the ones we ponder before we send a group of autonomous, alternatively scared and pumped 18 and 19-year-olds into killing fields with M4 rifles. Can we trust our agents to do the job at an acceptable (military and ethical) cost? All other questions, however interesting, are secondary.
BEHAVIOURAL STRATEGY: EXPLORING THE PSYCHOLOGY OF STRATEGY
CYBERCOM To Outsource $475 Million of Work To Stand Up Command
This is what most expected would happen all along.