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Review – China Airborne: The Test of China’s Future

Review – China Airborne: The Test of China’s Future

Fallows’ insightful analysis examines not only the Chinese aviation industry, but Chinese politics at large and the inherent limitations to its development model.

Tapping the Tubes: Understanding the Geography of Data

Tapping the Tubes: Understanding the Geography of Data

As the geography of the internet renders data increasingly vulnerable, greater efforts must be made by governments and citizens alike to understand how best to protect this information.

“Killer Robots”: Double Standards? Blind Faith?

“Killer Robots”: Double Standards? Blind Faith?

It is strange that we vest in a piece of machinery the moral blame that belongs to humans, and alarming that faith in technology and the power of numbers is leading us down a dangerous path.

Why Isn’t the U.S. Selling Iran iPhones?

Why Isn’t the U.S. Selling Iran iPhones?

American sanctions against exporting smartphones and computers to Iran are not only violating civil liberties but also common sense.

Hitting the Target?

Hitting the Target?

The only thing that is precise about drone strikes is the machine that delivers them. We should be realistic about how much we can programme imprecision out of our lives – and more modest about the true nature of precision strikes.

Forecasting Genocide

Forecasting Genocide

While it might seem optimistic to think that a tool for forecasting genocide can break down the political calculations that so often seem to obstruct effective responses to genocide, it is surely a hope worth chasing.

US Military Doctrine since the Cold War

US Military Doctrine since the Cold War

The American military at the end of the Cold War was a formidable force, large in size, very well equipped, and quite capable of meeting any conceivable Soviet warfare challenge, nuclear or conventional. Its recovery from Vietnam was total. Thoughts of honing its fast fading counter-insurgency skills or of a search to discover how best to participate in peace-keeping and nation-building ventures were far from its doctrinal priorities.

The Politics of Military Technology: War Without (Our) Blood

The conflicts being played out in Iraq and Afghanistan both pit regular armed forces of Coalition nations against irregular insurgent forces. Such conflicts have traditionally required large numbers of ground soldiers. In the twenty-first century though, technology has become more important than the number of boots on the ground because of the West’s low tolerance for casualties in its own armed forces.

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