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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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Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders in Captivity, 1941–1945

Victory in Defeat: The Wake Island Defenders in Captivity, 1941–1945 by Gregory J. W. Urwin. Naval Institute Press, 2010, 512 pp., $38.95.

The adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” perfectly applies to Gregory Urwin’s Victory in Defeat. The title may lead some potential readers to dismiss the book as simply another treatment of World War II with a focus on US Marines or prisoners of war (POW). If that is the case, then they are missing a treasure trove that enriches the reader’s soul. Urwin’s extensive research brings his characters and a semblance of their experiences to life. Specifically, his interviews with several American POWs and their Japanese captors, together with references to historical documents and ot... Read Full Review