Category Archives: Strategy

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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Russia, an Enigma wrapped in a Riddle

Good article on Russia. An astute student of his nation’s history, Putin has nevertheless failed to heed Kudrin’s warnings. Instead, like Nicholas II and Brezhnev before him, he has continued to reinforce the system he built. And the Russian president … Continue reading

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The US Space Corps

As part of its version of the 2018 Defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services Committee voted late Wednesday night to create a sixth branch of the U.S. armed forces: the U.S. Space Corps, which would absorb the Air Force’s … Continue reading

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Send in the Nuns!

Townie’s recent post on Russia is the starting point for this post. To our younger readers, Townie’s post concisely expresses the image of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) fostered by history, with a little help from the Komitet Gosudarstvennoj Bezopasnosti (Committee for … Continue reading

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As the drums were beaten to War

2016 marked the Centenary year of the Somme, a battle that took a million men off this place during a four month period.   Today marks our entry into World War I, on 2 April 1917, then President Woodrow Wilson … Continue reading

Posted in Army, Army National Guard, Defending the Homeland, Great Britain and the Empire, History, Leadership, Strategy, Total Force, Uncategorized, Use of Military Force, World War I | Leave a comment

No US Navy Carrier on Patrol in Mideast

Yep. No carrier. In the MIDEAST. “The gap could last as long as two months, sources said, between the time the Eisenhower left the combat theater and the Bush arrives.” And that gap comes at a particularly inopportune time. Numerous … Continue reading

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A Marginal Marine Corps

Ray Mabus’s and Barack Obama’s service to Bad Vlad Putin is the gift that keeps on giving. Today’s gift: a Marine Corps rated “Marginal.” Moscow is a “formidable” potential adversary while the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as “marginal” in … Continue reading

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