The R and D Enigma

As Dr. Malmgren noted, a key to whether the PRC dominates the Pacific in the next 15 years of what the U.S. and its allies don’t do.  These comments below from Satellite Today underscore what the U.S. might well not do.

According to accounts and details of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) operation to locate Osama bin Laden that have emerged over the past two weeks, satellite technology should be credited for its silent, crucial role in the mission’s success….

What’s both ironic and tragic about this situation is that the U.S. military’s research and development budget, which is largely responsible for acquiring the technology used to bring bin Laden to justice, is now under the congressional chopping block. The situation brings me back to an interview I once conducted with a particular satellite imagery company, during which an executive told me that when U.S. military forces first arrived in Afghanistan nearly 10 years ago, they relied on Russian maps from the 1980s for geolocation intelligence. It took the military years to acquire the technology it needed to properly plan and execute its operations. The latest budget resolution tells me that congress hasn’t learned its lesson and is willing to wait another 10 years if it has to bring another wanted terrorist to justice.



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