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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.



The Return of History and the End of Dreams

“The world has become normal again.” Thus begins Robert Kagan’s brief but effective in-your-face rebuttal to “end of history” historians (Francis Fukuyama most prominent among them, although the good doctor is not mentioned by name until p. 5). That group had essentially argued that the ideas of liberal democracies have achieved eternal triumph over competing ideologies, eliminating the major frictions that lead to conflicts between nations. Kagan spends his first chapter carefully crafting a straw man, recounting the optimism of the early 1990s as the Iron Curtain fell and previously enslaved socialist republics relished the fresh air of democratic ideals. “A world of liberal governments would be a world without war . . . the free flow of both goods ... Read Full Review