Post Tagged with: "Military"

To Strike or Not to Strike: What is the Endgame in Iran?

To Strike or Not to Strike: What is the Endgame in Iran?

Amid all the debate over whether to attack Iran, the most important question to ask is whether this policy will keep Iran non-nuclear indefinitely?

Assessing the Risk of Global Climate Change on the Australian Defence Force

Assessing the Risk of Global Climate Change on the Australian Defence Force

While other militaries around the world have taken notice of climate change and are now acting, defence planners and policy elite in Australia are pre-occupied by global power shifts. In confining climate change as a third order issue, they are overlooking major risks.

Western Armed Forces and the Mass Media in Historical Perspective

Western Armed Forces and the Mass Media in Historical Perspective

The appearance of social media is less a major change than simply one more development in the long history of propaganda. In focussing on technological changes, governments and their armed forces miss the wider political and social issues.

HTS Redux: A “Halfie” Calls for an Anthropology of the Military

HTS Redux: A “Halfie” Calls for an Anthropology of the Military

If we insist on using our military as a tool of diplomacy then it is essential that cultural training be a core part of the military skill set.

Review – Chinese Aerospace Power, Evolving Maritime Roles

Review – Chinese Aerospace Power, Evolving Maritime Roles

With the large amount of scholarship that details Chinese aerospace technology and its application into military power, there is always a danger any edited volume could get lost in the crowd. This book clearly has no such troubles. The work assembles what constitutes an all-star cast of scholars to discuss one of the most timely security studies subjects of the 21st century.

Turning to the Territorial Army: implications for the operational effectiveness of the British Army

Turning to the Territorial Army: implications for the operational effectiveness of the British Army

The UK has never had a coherent policy for its Reserve Forces. Yet, the UK Ministry of Defence is now seeking to close the gap between the ambition for the armed forces outlined in the Strategic Defence and Security Review and the resources available to meet that ambition. To achieve this, it will need to develop a coherent policy for the UK Reserves.

War by Network – the Modern Revolution in Military Affairs

War by Network – the Modern Revolution in Military Affairs

Warfare today is changing. The course of conflict in the 21st century, and the problems we in the West may continue to face in the coming decades are mutating, developing and adapting in ways that make their defeat – whilst not necessarily more difficult – an entirely different prospect to face.

American Intervention in Failing Countries is Neccessary

American Intervention in Failing Countries is Neccessary

Intervention to stabilize and reconstruct failed, failing, fragile, and even re-orient hostile countries may not be avoidable for the U.S. and also for its E.U. partners. But for intervention to be successful it must be undertaken cautiously, preemptively when possible, and swiftly, with coalitions of willing partners.

Strategic Theory: What it is…and just as importantly, what it isn’t

Strategic Theory: What it is…and just as importantly, what it isn’t

Strategic theory offers an exact and coherent basis for investigating social phenomena. It is able to de-conflict the attempt to assess social activity designed to achieve goals from arbitrary moral valuations. It facilitates clarity of understanding, and is thereby, mind opening and intellectually liberating.

The Rise of China

The Rise of China

States still matter, power still triumphs, and competition still thrives. These will be the determining factors for the future of Sino-U.S. relations. Realists believe that if China can maintain its domestic economic growth and international financial strength, then a significant security competition with America is inevitable.

A NATION AT WAR

President Obama and other senior US officials make constant reference to America being “a nation at war.” This is politically necessary to say and obviously the case because the US has nearly a hundred thousand troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan and reports combat casualties daily.

OBAMA ALMOST MAKES THE RIGHT DECISION

A recent report indicated that President Obama had finally made a security policy related decision—not on his Afghanistan strategy which is yet to be announced– but rather on whether or not his administration would seek to have the US sign the treaty banning the production and use of anti-personnel land mines, a treaty that 156 other nations have already signed.

AMERICA’S COMMAND STRUCTURE

I think the geographically based commands should be eliminated with one exception, replaced in part by additional functional commands. As some may know, I stand against our willingness to manage global security as well as our own, a willingness allowed by our great military power relative to others and the encouraged free riding of nearly all our “allies”.

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