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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.



Armchair Warriors: Private Citizens, Popular Press, and the Rise of American Power

Strategists are often accused of being unreceptive to new ideas, especially those coming from laymen. Would you release a herd of pigs with water wings and explosives strapped to them to go ashore first to clear the way through the minefields for the troops when planning an amphibious landing? Would you consider dropping conducting material across enemy high tension wires to short out their electrical systems at crucial times? Armchair Warriors is a collection of ideas from the public to the decision makers from the 1870s to Desert Storm, properly placed in the context of their times by an expert historian.

Joel Davidson is a serious scholar who combines exhaustive research with considerable writing skill to produce a curious book. He has both a law degree and a Ph.D. i... Read Full Review