The War in Afghanistan: The Importance of Ground Power Issue Brief Even relatively small conflicts can provide lessons for the future development of the U.S. military. The war in Afghanistan is no exception. Although only four months old, this war has verified some long-standing truths about the conduct of [Read More...]
Homeland Defense: Back to the Future for the U.S. Air Force Issue Brief Since the invention of the airplane, a mission of air forces worldwide has been the protection of the homeland against air attack. During the Cold War, the U.S. Air Force invested heavily in defense of the North American [Read More...]
The Media Versus the Military (Part Two) Issue Brief Many of the generals leading the American Expeditionary Force in World War One had been junior officers in the Spanish-American War. They remembered how sensational reporting had fed a war fever that McKinley could not ignore, and how [Read More...]
The Media Versus the Military (Part One) Issue Brief If the American media and military were any more different, they might have trouble coexisting within the same political culture. The media favor freedom and full disclosure. The military prefers discipline and secrecy. They’ve been getting along fairly [Read More...]
Defending and Extending Democracy Presentation Naval War College In 2001, we Americans find ourselves in possession of the most productive, wealthy, free, egalitarian, powerful nation in recorded history. Our climate is temperate, harbors and inland waterways magnificent, our soil is fertile, and our people [Read More...]
The Script of War Article Published in The San Diego Union-Tribune President Bush has said that this will be a war like no other in U.S. history. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said it will not involve massive airstrikes and the maneuvers of [Read More...]
Retaliation Isn’t Enough Article Published in The Wall Street Journal It is now twenty years since President Ronald Reagan provoked controversy during his first year in office by proposing that the United States acquire the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war. [Read More...]
Key Technological Trends Since World War Two Issue Brief In the years after World War Two, the industrial west simultaneously experienced three technological revolutions — a nuclear revolution, a biomedical revolution, and a computing revolution. The interaction between these three hugely important developments largely defines the world [Read More...]
Origins of the Current Technological Revolution Issue Brief The goal of this lecture is to provide historical context for the technological ferment we see all around us today. As I told you last week, I believe we have arrived at a pivotal moment in human history, [Read More...]
The Military: Is Help on the Way or on the Wane? Article Published in the Los Angeles Times Like the San Gabriel Mountains emerging from the morning haze, the dim outlines of a Bush administration defense posture have begun to appear through the fog of bureaucratic warfare at the Pentagon. It [Read More...]
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