Category Archives: Elements of National Power

Ignoring Relevant Information

Austin Bay offers this opinion on the current application of American power against Kim Jong-Un. Did you see or read any of these news stories referenced in the opinion? Or, was your newsfeed caught up in the cluck-fest of Diplomat … Continue reading

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“Axis of Adults”: Trump’s Generals

Today’s recommended reading. Not since the early days of the Ford administration has a general served as White House chief of staff—and arguably not since the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, himself a retired general, have senior military officers wielded … Continue reading

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Light Summer Reading: Strategy as Practiced by the Ancients

Michael Vlahos at the AmericanConservative.com reviews Graham Allison’s books Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides Trap. Allison argues that when rising powers threaten the position of established powers, the inevitable competition can lead to conflict and, eventually, … Continue reading

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Military-corporate welfare: same ole, same ole

The American Way of War is to spend a lot of money on stuff, and then prolong wars until the Defense Contractors (usually a closed circle of former flag officers, politicos, and entrepreneurs) find a new gadget and war to … Continue reading

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“Soldiers in the hands of an angry government”

Rebekah Sanderlin offers her thoughts from 2013 on this next Memorial Day. While SMA Dailey is concerned about uniforms, the costs of which will be born by military dependents . Interesting how everything cycles, but the Army never gets beyond bitterly … Continue reading

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Pentagon hackery made easy

Compare this article to this article. What could possibly go wrong? Put another way, how can you know for sure where that bomb-laden drone really is, and who’s in command of it?

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Are America’s Officers “Stoopid?”

In responding to Lt. Col. P’s earlier post on America’s officers drowning in the gene pool, I ascribed Major Waggy’s theme as a military variation on Reynold’s Law. For those unfamiliar with it: The government decides to try to increase … Continue reading

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