21st Century Enemies Require Asymmetric Responses

Army photo by Bill Roche

In a room filled with defense giants, three Army captains demonstrated a technology developed just weeks before the Association of the United States Army annual conference. The tool — a Cyber Capability Rifle — can remotely disable an overhead unmanned aerial vehicle, and it only cost $150 to develop.

With insurgents utilizing asymmetric warfare and employing asymmetric tools, the red tape faced by the United States in fielding new and necessary technologies to combat enemies is a hindrance to mission success.

Captains Brent Chapman, Matt Hutchison, and Erick Waage argue that in order to be prepared to operate across a range of operations, the Army needs to complement traditional acquisitions with an asymmetric process to empower and enable creativity and innovation on a tactical level.

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President Donald Trump hands a pen to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie during a spending bill signing ceremony at VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Las Vegas. (Associated Press/Evan Vucci)

The Trump administration wants to shift billions of dollars from government-run veterans' hospitals to private health care providers. That's true even though earlier this year the administration vehemently denied it would privatize any part of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The privatization of essential government services is nothing new, of course. Over the years, countries have privatized dozens of services and activities that were once the sole domain of governments, such as the provision of electricity and water, road operations and prisons and even health care, with the ostensible aim of making them more efficient.

But before going down that road, the question needs to be asked whether privatizing essential human services such as those for military veterans serves the public interest. New research we recently published suggests that privatization may come at a social cost.

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Jilmar Ramos-Gomez was a lance corporal in the Marines and received awards for service in Afghanistan. (Michigan ACLU)

KENT COUNTY, MI – The ACLU is demanding an investigation after a Grand Rapids-born U.S Marine combat veteran was held for possible deportation.

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Ronald Reagan's dream of space-based lasers shielding the United States from ICBMs will not come to fruition in the near future, despite the Trump administration's focus on space.

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