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Trump’s Afghan address: What he’s likely to order and why

Now what in Afghanistan? The post Trump’s Afghan address: What he’s likely to order and why appeared first on Hot Air.
Edgar on Strategy (Part IX): To what end? The frequently missing ‘why’ of strategy

Edgar on Strategy (Part IX): To what end? The frequently missing ‘why’ of strategy

Policymakers must articulate the “why” informing a strategy and periodically revaluate whether it is achievable and what ought to come next.
Edgar on Strategy (Part X): Build your approach on the understanding that the global state system is here to stay

Edgar on Strategy (Part X): Build your approach on the understanding that the global state system is here to stay

While some arguments for the decline of the state are insightful and important, none of them have stuck.
China Should Send 30,000 Troops Into North Korea

China Should Send 30,000 Troops Into North Korea

The only way to stand down from a nuclear confrontation is to reassure Kim Jong Un that the United States won’t — and can’t — invade.
Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

The West needs a strong, committed, engaged White House to hedge against China’s inexorable rise.
It Is High Time to Do Away With the President’s Nuclear ‘Football’

It Is High Time to Do Away With the President’s Nuclear ‘Football’

The recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on nuclear weapons introduced some unsettling possibilities.
Moral Repugnance: A Response to ‘Can’t Kill Enough to Win? Think Again’

Moral Repugnance: A Response to ‘Can’t Kill Enough to Win? Think Again’

There are multiple ways to describe retired Lt. Cols. David Bolgiano and John Taylor’s article in the December issue of Proceedings.
The ouster of Mattis: Some follow-up details and a White House response

The ouster of Mattis: Some follow-up details and a White House response

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts.
What Would a Saudi-Iran War Look Like? Don’t look now, but it is already here

What Would a Saudi-Iran War Look Like? Don’t look now, but it is already here

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts
There are 5,000 tunnels under North Korea, and US soldiers are training to fight in them

There are 5,000 tunnels under North Korea, and US soldiers are training to fight in them

Tensions are rising between the US and North Korea, and the US military is preparing. That means learning to deal with a unique tactical advantage…
The World Doesn’t Need Any More Nuclear Strategies

The World Doesn’t Need Any More Nuclear Strategies

The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review answers questions nobody should be asking.
The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again

The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again

The Pentagon always complains for more money – and politicians always eventually give in.
I’m Sorry for Creating the ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’

I’m Sorry for Creating the ‘Gerasimov Doctrine’

I was the first to write about Russia’s infamous high-tech military strategy. One small problem: it doesn't exist.
The Afghan War Isn’t Being Won, Says New Pentagon Audit

The Afghan War Isn’t Being Won, Says New Pentagon Audit

A new summary of the country’s troubles by a special inspector general doesn’t paint an optimistic picture.
What’s Driving the U.S. Air Force Pilot Shortage?

What’s Driving the U.S. Air Force Pilot Shortage?

It’s not leadership or combat culture driving pilots out of the service.
What Iran Really Wants in Syria

What Iran Really Wants in Syria

Misperceptions of Tehran’s true intentions could lead to disaster.
Don’t Let the U.S.-Japanese Alliance Get Out of Shape

Don’t Let the U.S.-Japanese Alliance Get Out of Shape

Joint military exercises have kept the relationship strong despite Trump, but that could soon change.
Capcom’s military sim Black Command is out on Android

Capcom’s military sim Black Command is out on Android

After the noteworthy release of Monster Hunter Stories earlier this week, it's surprising to see Capcom releasing another game on the Play Store, and this time around it's actually an original IP for

In Cyberwar, There Are Some (Unspoken) Rules

A recent article argues that the lack of legal norms invites cyberconflict. But governments know the price of overreach and are refraining from unleashing their full capabilities.
Goodbye Grotius, Hello Putin

Goodbye Grotius, Hello Putin

Russia’s provocations in the Kerch Strait aren’t just a challenge to Ukraine. Like Beijing in the South China Sea, Moscow is seeking to undermine international maritime law.