On Jan. 25, the DoD updated its directive on “Autonomy in Weapons Systems,” the guiding document for U.S. development, implementation, and supervision of autonomous and semi-autonomous weapons systems.
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On Nov. 22, the U.S. Department of Defense released their Zero Trust Strategy, a new approach to countering cyberattacks. The new framework employs a “‘never trust, always verify’” mindset, deviating from the Defense Department’s previously used perimeter defense model. The strategy is prompted by the “rapid growth” of offensive cyber threats and aims to fully implement the department-wide model by fiscal year 2027.
In October, the Department of Defense released an unclassified version of the National Defense Strategy, the Nuclear Posture Review, and the Missile Defense Review, outlining four main defense priorities to strengthen deterrence.
The new National Defense Strategy calls for working closely with partners and allies, but the convoluted and slow disclosure process makes cooperation difficult.
The NDS is intended to outline how the Department of Defense will contribute to safeguard and advance “vital U.S. national interests."
Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s prudent navigation of nascent legal concepts to diminish his force’s reliance on supply lines and forage for provisions enabled battlefield success. Today, Grant’s actions provide a cogent legal blueprint for contemporary military leaders in future operational planning.
Maintaining deliberate balance between divergent approaches is necessary for operationalizing the Civilian Harm Mitigation and Response-Action Plan to optimize joint targeting processes without compromising military effectiveness and national security.
In a battle the United States can’t withdraw from, a coordinated campaign of truth, authenticity, and transparency is key to victory.
Defense Department Releases 2021 Report on Civilian Casualties in Connection With United States Military Operations
The annual report stated that 12 civilian deaths, all in Afghanistan, occured in 2021.
An open letter by former secretaries of defense and chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff represents a remarkable consensus on what core principles of civil-military relations are necessary for maintaining the rule of law.