Author Vago Muradian

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America has two years to field the capabilities needed to continue deterring an every more emboldened and capable China. Biden’s defense team will have to move fast make long-overdue changes to field new capabilities and operational concepts to maintain the nation’s deterrent edge.

VAGO'S NOTEBOOK Team from USS Barb that landed at Karafuto, Japan, setting charges that destroyed a Japanese troop train. The attack was the only ground attack on Japan’s home islands during World War II.
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Navy Secretary Ken Braithwaite was on the mark by naming the latest Virginia-class submarine for Barb in memory of Gene Fluckey’s legendary World War II boat. It’s time the Navy continues this tradition and brings back other historic names to the submarine force. Those who served aboard nuclear submarines named for their illustrious World War II predecessors all note the pride what that heritage represented. Each of those boats carried aboard them the flags their namesakes flew in battle, tangible touchstones that instilled pride and esprit de corps in their crews.

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The Cyberspace Solarium Commission’s recommendations must be implemented now because its time for America to step up its cyber game at a time when more people are more vulnerable than ever. Failing to act to study job descriptions is simply inexcusable when you’re in the midst of a crisis than demands putting someone in charge of the battle and getting rounds on target.

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The recent deadly skirmish between China and India in a disputed border area has fueled a necessary debate over how best to respond to an increasingly belligerent Beijing. As the only pressure that moves Beijing is when the world unites against it, it’s imperative the international community quickly organize to compel Chinese leaders to change course before they do something we all will regret.

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Washington no longer has the luxury of unnecessary duplication of capabilities, programs of incremental value, systems that are vulnerable or cause more logistical headaches than they solve. 

The reassessment of America’s legacy platforms, concepts of operations and assumptions must be clinical, empirical and unsentimental. 

Anything that poses novel and costly problems for our adversaries, holds their forces at risk, heightens their uncertainty or complicates every element of their planning deserves to be prioritized. Anything that doesn’t should be sacrificed to free resources for what will. 

Cyber Report
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On this week’s Cyber Report, sponsored by Northrop Grumman, Tom Fanning, the chairman, CEO and president of the Southern Company — one of the nation’s leading utilities — who served as one of the 14 commissioners on the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, discusses the commission’s recommendations including requiring businesses to certify cyber security and how to disconnect the grid from the internet in a crisis with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian on Capitol Hill at the rollout of the report. The commission was co-chaired by Sen. Angus King, I-Me., and Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., and crafted 75 recommendations to improve US and allied cyber deterrence and security. Northrop Grumman also sponsors our cyber coverage.

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As the Navy ramps up its great power game, it must learn Ford’s lessons to ensure major new programs like ballistic missile submarines, frigates, a surface warship and large- and medium-displacement unmanned vessels, a large unmanned tanker aircraft and more are successfully and quickly executed.

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