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The Asia-Pacific Century by Dr. Adam Lowther

Date Posted:  9/17/2014

The Asia-Pacific Century-This work looks to the future of the Asia-Pacific and examines a broad range of questions that focus on diplomatic, economic, and military challenges facing the region’s key players, with a particular focus on their relevance to the US military. In the last 15 years, many other forward looking studies have come to the same conclusion. The Air Force 2025 study concluded that among the possible outcomes before 2030 was ...

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Measuring Military Power

Date Posted:  9/17/2014

There is an unprecedented need for tools that provide a transparent, standardized assessment of US military power over time- a common baseline that describes how much hard power the United States actually has in relation to its vital interests would help discipline the defense sufficiency discussion. The first challenge in grading “military power” is to ask if it can be effectively measured. A second issue will be deciding what to mea...

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Remotely Piloted Aircraft and War in the Public Relations Domain

Date Posted:  9/17/2014

One can hardly pass the periodical rack at the base exchange without spotting a story on remotely piloted aircraft (RPA-GQ, the Economist, Time, and many other publications have recently featured articles on these ubiquitous weapons systems. But how much of what they say is true, and how much is reliable? This article develops the case that accurate information about RPAs is inherently limited, labeling this situation the "epistemic problem"&mdas...


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The Search for al-Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future

The Search for al-Qaeda has a potentially misleading title; it will disappoint any reader expecting a chronicle of the physical search for al-Qaeda members and their bases of operation. The subtitle, Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future, provides a more apt summary of the content. In this concise and compelling volume, author and former CIA agent Bruce Riedel focuses on the prominent minds, ideas, and plans of al-Qaeda  to remedy what he perceives as one of America’s most significant shortcomings in the war on terror: the failure to know the enemy. In Riedel’s own words, “This . . .  is a book about the development of al Qaeda’s ideology as reflected in the statements of its senior leadership since 9/11.” The length, language, an... Read Full Review