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Feb. 19, 2021

‘America Has Been Tested’

Sgt. Charlotte Carulli/DOD

My message to those beyond our borders: America has been tested. And we’ve come out stronger for it. We will repair our alliances and engage with the world once again, not to meet yesterday’s challenges, but today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. And we’ll lead not merely by the example of our power but by the power of our example. We will be a strong and trusted partner for peace, progress, and security.

President Joe Biden, inaugural address, Jan. 20.

Who’s Thirsty?

Mike Tsukamoto/staff; KC-46 courtesy; lemon Jill Wellington/Pixabay

As I look over the 10 years, I have to say … right now where we’re at in the program is we’re making lemonade out of lemons.

Air Force Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, head of Air Mobility Command, during a Feb. 1 Defense Writers Group meeting.

Enemies in the Ranks

Lisa Ferdinando/DOD

I will fight hard to stamp out sexual assault, to rid our ranks of racists and extremists, and to create a climate where everyone fit and willing has the opportunity to serve this country with dignity. The job of the Department of Defense is to keep America safe from our enemies. But we can’t do that if some of those enemies lie within our own ranks.

Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing Jan. 19.

Deterrence in the EMS Domain

Historical approaches [to] deterrence…don’t work the same ways in cyberspace or the electromagnetic spectrum. Bottom line, we are not deterring adversaries like we need to. The PLA [People’s Liberation Army] and the Russian forces have invaded the U.S. without a declaration of war.

Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., USAF Chief of Staff, during an Association of Old Crows streaming discussion of warfare in the electromagnetic spectrum [Jan. 27].

1/6 and 9/11

Joshua Nathanson

9/11 was horrible, but it was never a threat to our democratic republic. Only we can be the authors of our last chapter, and we are well on our way. To be clear: It is my personal opinion that we are in danger of losing our Republic. Real danger. …. As bad as 9/11 was, I feel that our situation today is worse.

Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Jan. 7, on Twitter.

The Future is NOW

We have the technological artifacts of the information age all around us. Many agree that incorporation of Artificial Intelligence is our military future. It is time to make AI our military present.

Marine Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, director of the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, in an op-ed for Breaking Defense [Jan. 11].

Really, Mom.

Mike Tsukamoto/staff; Pixabay

My own mother called me a couple months ago, after watching a television segment about GPS, and she said, ‘Hey, Jay, do you know that … the Air Force and Space Force do things with GPS?’ I’m like, ‘Mom, that’s kind of what I do.’ So, you know, it’s just hard to understand.

Chief of Space Operations Gen. John W. “Jay” Raymond on public awareness of the Space Force, during a Feb. 3 Defense Writers Group discussion.