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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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Pakistan's War on Terrorism: Strategies for Combating Jihadist Armed Groups since 9/11

Pakistan’s War on Terrorism: Strategies for Combating Jihadist Armed Groups since 9/11 by Samir Puri. Routledge. 2012, 156 pp., $135.00.

Pakistan’s role in the twenty-first-century “war on terrorism” is understandably mystifying to many Western observers. At various points between 2001 and the present, Pakistan has played the part of US ally and partner, but it has also been characterized as an obstructer and even enemy. On one hand, the Pakistani state was instrumental in the effort to rid the region of “foreign fighters” in the early years of the war in Afghanistan. On the other hand, this effort sometimes resulted in too close relationships with Islamist armed groups, which baffled US leaders. Paki... Read Full Review