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Forward Arming and Refueling Points for Fighter Aircraft

Date Posted:  10/6/2014

This article examines a new concept for dispersed operations that allows fighter aircraft to operate from any airfield with a suitable runway. Furthermore, it does not require infrastructure at the dispersed location and results in significant operational and strategic effects....

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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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Persian Dreams: Moscow and Tehran since the Fall of the Shah

As the world heads toward a possible collision course regarding Iran’s nuclear program, John Parker presents a very timely, in-depth, and insightful book on that country’s relations with Russia since the Islamic Revolution. The author’s current high-level position in the US State Department gave him access to many of the major actors in this historical account, including Aleksandr Yakovlev and Nikolay Kozyrev, who did four diplomatic tours in Tehran from 1959 to 1983. This, above all else, separates Persian Dreams from other books on the topic. Parker exquisitely incorporates information from interviews and other primary sources with the overall history. One cannot finish reading any part of this book without being mindful of the present situation. As internat... Read Full Review