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Nightfall and the Cloud

Date Posted:  8/28/2015

This article argues that the transformation of airpower to a force centered on remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) is a more difficult proposition than simply a technical hurdle to overcome. Significant technological barriers to autonomy exist, but overcoming them would still leave economic, political, legal, and organizational challenges to fielding significant numbers of fully autonomous aircraft in war...

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Diplomatic Counterterrorist Deterrence: Moving beyond Military Means

Date Posted:  7/23/2015

This article examines diplomatic deterrence strategies as an alternative to military-centric operations for the purpose of countering terrorism. Such strategies are designed to increase international security and build lasting partnerships at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Their goal is to delegitimize the threat of terror and to enhance democracy and security in affected regions. Thus, these options dif...

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Strategic Deterrence for the Future - Adm Cecil D. Haney, USN

Date Posted:  7/16/2015

Although strategic deterrence is underpinned and reinforced by our nuclear capabilities, it is more than the nuclear triad. This article reviews the diverse, complex, and uncertain security environment we currently face and the investments that both nation-state and nonstate actors are making to both their strategic arsenals and asymmetric capabilities.



Women and Nation-Building

Women and Nation-Building by Cheryl Benard. RAND, 2008, 225 pp., $23.94.

Women and Nation-Building captures the reader’s attention from the start with an unnerving cover shot. The photo may appear to be only a snapshot of a female police recruit and a female captain in the Afghani police, but this picture is worth a thousand words—as compelling as the book’s content. As you turn the pages with image-driven urgency, you learn why the eyes of the women on the cover were seemingly begging you to dig deeper. As a woman, I found this a difficult read at times because the stench of oppression was so clearly portrayed, but the sweet aroma of hope always drew me back. The content calls for a way of being where the spirit of women is c... Read Full Review