Category Archives: China

China’s Strategic PLAN

The PLA Navy continues to execute its strategy of envelopment that began decades ago. Having used diplomacy and economy to find allies and bases that hem America in, now they are adding muscle. These advances are the bigger reason for forcing … Continue reading

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Diplomacy Round Up

Around the world of diplomacy, some good news! From America’s most effective diplomats, after Redlegs, a dash of awesome: “‘No Second Guesses:’ Selfridge Pilots Share Story of Emergency Landing” There’s an old saying in the Air Force: Any landing you … Continue reading

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War Sycophants and ROTC Kids

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Tom Ricks lecture at Arizona State University.  In his retirement as a defense reporter he is a Fellow at Center on the Future of War.  He currently writes the Foreign Policy Blog: … Continue reading

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From Europe to Asia

After you’ve read Lt. Col. P’s post on the future of warfare in Europe, consider these opinions concerning future warfare in the Pacific – sure to drive the isolationists crazy! 355-ship Navy Days of N. Korea’s Kim are Numbered: Defector North … Continue reading

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Global Gunslingers

Lee, the professional gunfighter portrayed by Robert Vaughn in the original “Guns of the Magnificent 7” has the best lines of all the mercenaries. The lies you tell yourself. No enemies… alive. I have lost count of my enemies. Lee has … Continue reading

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Loss of an Ally

An ally of decades’s standing: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced Thursday that he was “separating” from the United States and embracing China as the new best friend of the Philippines. The 71-year-old president, famous for blunt, often profane rhetoric, announced … Continue reading

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Adversaries and Allies

Questions for the audience: How do you think we are doing at a) deterring adversaries, and b) reassuring allies? Can we back up our obligations? Do our enemies, actual and potential, have cause to fear our actions and reactions? Is … Continue reading

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