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U.S. Technological Edge in Peril

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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For years, the United States maintained economic and military superiority through technological innovation. Now, that lead is diminishing, and the country must find the resources to respond.

Standards Participation May Help Ease Technology Gap

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The technology gap caused by the growing sophistication of U.S. defense communications and networking systems threatens to leave less advanced nations unable to participate effectively in coalitions. One approach to mitigate the gap is to have allies work with the United States on establishing standards for new systems and capabilities.

Maneuver Warfare Needed in Cyberspace

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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If cyberspace is a warfighting domain, then warfighters should expect that it will not perform as desired. The same maneuver warfare skills common on the battlespace need to be applied to cyberspace.

Marines Aim to Pack Light, Travel Right

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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As the U.S Marine Corps returns to its roots as a rapidly deployable amphibious force, it needs better communications and networking gear that is small and lightweight for the amphibious mission.

Australia Critical to U.S. Pivot to Pacific

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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Being longtime allies does not give U.S. forces carte blanche in Australia. The Southern Hemisphere ally is hosting a U.S. Marine Corps detachment, but U.S. forces are treading carefully so as not to upset relations as a new relationship is built.

Technology Defines Asia-Pacific Challenges, Offers Solutions

December 11, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman
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The U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) increasingly is turning to technology to solve problems ranging from new threats to the tyranny of distance over the vast Asia-Pacific region. Cyberspace is both a source of challenges and a potential venue for addressing many of the challenges PACOM is facing as the pace of change picks up in the globe’s largest, most populous area of operations.

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