FAS Roundup: March 2, 2015

By March 2, 2015

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Battle of the Bands: Army Music Doctrine: The U.S. Army has issued a new doctrine on the role of music in military operations. Secrecy News has obtained a copy of the doctrine which “provides key guidance pertaining to the mission, organization, and operation of music performance units (MPUs)” — otherwise known as Army bands. “This manual should serve as a guide for training and operations based on the tenets of music supporting unified land operations.”

The INF Crisis: Bad Press and Nuclear Saber Rattling: Last year, the United States accused Russia of violating the INF Treaty by test-launching a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) in a range that violates provisions of the treaty. Russia rejected the accusation and counter-accused the United States of violating the treaty. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter appears to confirm that the GLCM Russia allegedly test-launched in violation of the INF Treaty is a nuclear missile and threatened further escalation if it is deployed. The Obama administration is currently considering how to respond if Russia does not return to INF compliance but produces and deploys the new nuclear GLCM. Diplomacy and sanctions have priority for now, but military options are also being considered. Hans M. Kristensen writes that both Russia and the United States have to be in compliance with their arms control obligations, but threatening counterforce would be counterproductive.

CRS on DoD Procurement Programs: Secrecy News has obtained recently released CRS reports on topics such as DoD procurement programs including a look at the Navy Ohio Replacement (SSBN[X]) ballistic missile submarine program, U.S. government agency plans to adapt to the effects of climate change and China’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ). 

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