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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.



Chasing Ghosts: Unconventional Warfare in American History

Chasing Ghosts: Unconventional Warfare in American History by John J. Tierney Jr. Potomac Books, Inc., 2006, 289 pp., $26.95.


Chasing Ghosts, according to John Tierney, “is a history that covers wars lost in memory while remaining based upon issues that have resurfaced since 9/11.” The author takes us through this study of unconventional warfare in American history, including occasions when Americans utilized this mode of warfare as well as when it was used against us. He has done his job well.

Carl von Clausewitz warns that failure to know and understand the war... Read Full Review