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Military & strategy links: Growlers, Ukraine, A2/AD, NSA's Heartbleed problem and more



15 April 2014 08:25

  • Increased appropriations for the EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft appear to reflect concerns that the stealth capabilities of the F-35 are unlikely to prove resilient against modern air defences.
  • How can naval air/missile defence scale up to emerging A2/AD threats?  Huntington-Ingalls has a concept for a huge Ballistic Missile Defence vessel based on the San Antonio amphibious warfare hull.
  • As Western states pull back from Central Asia, Islamabad faces the prospect of balancing between both the conventional challenge offered by India and the sub-state threats emanating from Afghanistan.
  • What is a reputation worth? Patrick Porter argues that an obsession with external assessments of resolve lead great powers down the path to strategic over-commitment.
  • Rosalyn Turner discusses the possibilities offered by unmanned underwater systems in meeting Australia's naval requirements.
  • CIMSEC interviews former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince on his latest venture focused on frontier logistics in Africa, and the future of private military contracting.
  • Henry Farrell explores concerns that the NSA may have known for over two years about the recently-revealed Heartbleed internet security bug, and the implicit tension between the institution's dual mandate for promoting cybersecurity and developing its SIGINT capabilities.
  • Finally, in the latest move in Russia-Ukraine propaganda competition, a high production-value video has been circulating on the internet depicting a pro-Kremlin imagining of a future war over eastern Ukraine. 

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