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How a debellicized Europe can make a difference

Kaplan argues that NATO’s 7000 troop contribution to the Afghan surge should not be considered an end, but a beginning: Consider: China is rising as a great power, particularly in the naval sphere. The U.S. will not fight a war … Continue reading

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Geriatric soldiers versus child soldiers – A book review

A common theme at Coming Anarchy is the importance of experience in addition to theoretical understanding. Actually visiting a far off locale can lead to insights otherwise unrealized by just reading about it. That is not to disparage book learning, … Continue reading

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A better state of peace

Poised outside of the newly re-enforced capital of Sparta, the Theban general Epaminondas knew that beginning a siege against the city would only wear down his troops who had already campaigned deep into Spartan territory during the mid-winter of 370BC. … Continue reading

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Japan’s un-carrier

Pictured above is Japan’s Hyuga-class “helicopter destroyer” (different angle) alongside the USS George Washington (see opposite angle here). It is hard to see from this angle but there is a significant size difference. The George Washington is a Nimitz class … Continue reading

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Kaplan on Fort Hood

Robert D. Kaplan hopes that the actions of one radicalized Muslim in the US military does not result in a backlash against all Muslims in the US military: The ultimate strategic goal of al-Qaeda is to turn our struggle with … Continue reading

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Making pirates hostes humani generis again

Image from Nick Humphries “[L]ast year less than one-half of one percent of ships transiting the Horn of Africa were attacked, and most of those attacks were not successful.” Despite those low odds Max Boot goes on to argue in … Continue reading

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Send in the cows!

Image from LSD Photographers Animal husbandry has been a military skill since nearly the beginning. It remains so today both in terms of offensive soldiering as in the Special Forces use of pack animals and in civic-action projects where soldiers … Continue reading

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Still waiting for the navy’s Boyd moment

With a swipe at Our Bob, Tom Barnett links to an article in Parameters on The End of Seapower as we know it. The article, written by a captain of the USCG, is a laundry list of complaints about the … Continue reading

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Security theory from an evolutionary perspective

The human mind has increased in sophistication by evolving to the demands of survival over tens of thousands of years. Yet the big brains we have now retain many of the elements and processes of our pre-neolithic ancestors. Examples include … Continue reading

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Tajik transit route deal signed

With the scheduled closure of Manas Airbase in Kyrgyzstan, and increased attacks on Pakistani supply lines, US and NATO forces have been forced to reorganize their supply chain to troops in Afghanistan. The US and NATO have been canvassing countries … Continue reading

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