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To stay current with debates impacting your Air Force, consider reading a few well researched, well written web publications. You won't always agree with the position taken by the author, and that is a good thing. Use opposing arguments to inform your understanding—or better yet, draft a considered response to share your expertise on the subject. The feeds below from The Bridge, War on the Rocks War is Boring and Breaking Defense are all well rounded and present multiple sides of issues in a responsible tone.
War is Boring
South Korea pays for vast US Army base expansion, but Trump wants it to pay more
By David S. Cloud Los Angeles Times The new golf course and clubhouse will open next month. Along MacArthur Circle, 23 st...
Pentagon sends ships through Taiwan Strait for third time in three months
Jesse Johnson Japan Times, Tokyo The Pentagon has sent ships through the Taiwan Strait — the third time in as many months...
Trump says it’s time for US to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights
By Tracy Wilkinson Los Angeles Times President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the United States will recognize Isra...
Pompeo denounces Iran in Lebanon, even as he meets with its ‘proxies’
By Nabih Bulos and Tracy Wilkinson Los Angeles Times One day after President Donald Trump signaled a change in U.S. polic...
Bombs Away: Best photos of our military for March 22nd, 2019
This week’s collection of photos gives us a breathtaking view of the B-52 Stratofortress and a gorgeous sunset in Califor...
Marine Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses ‘unacceptable risk’
By Molly O’Toole Los Angeles Times The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwes...
Navy enacts almost all changes recommended after fatal USS Fitzgerald, USS McCain collisions
Caitlin Doornbos Stars and Stripes The Navy has enacted nearly all the changes recommended in two 2017 reports it ordered...
Air Force spends more than it should to keep U.S. ‘king of the sky’
The U.S. Air Force has revealed what it thinks it needs to dominate the world’s skies in a potential conflict with Russia...
Army plan would tap thousands of mainland soldiers for short-term Pacific rotations
Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes The Army plans to rotate thousands of soldiers from the mainland through short-term Pacific...
Funds to deter Russia, build base schools in Europe could go to US-Mexico border wall
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The U.S. military’s buildup along NATO’s eastern flank, stretching from the Baltics and P...
#Reviewing The Soldier from Independence
Giangreco’s study fills a vacuum in the literature on Truman. There are many biographies of him, but they deal only bri...
Accountability in the U.S. Navy: “So That Others May Learn”
Fifty years ago, Vermont Royster wrote that “it may seem cruel, this tradition of asking good and well-intentioned men ...
Science Fiction Short Stories and the Strategist
Because much of science fiction involves organized violence, it also challenges readers to think about the enduring nat...
Russian Identity: The Risks of a New Russian Nationalism
The collapse of the Soviet Union has created an ideological and identity crisis in Russia. Prior to the collapse, the U...
Is It Time to Abandon the Term Information Operations?
Operations in the information environment will be a critical part of future joint force operations and should be baked ...
#Reviewing Searching for Boko Haram
Frontier zones are the most complex and interesting of regions. They have been explored as wild badlands of smuggling a...
Economics Sure, but Don’t Forget Ethics with Artificial Intelligence
The widening rift between the Pentagon and Silicon Valley endangers national security in an era when global powers are ...
Respect for Persons and the Ethics of Autonomous Weapons and Decision Support Systems
The concern here, however, is not that death by robot represents a more horrible outcome than when a human pulls the tr...
#Reviewing After Combat
The experiences of American soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, sometimes over and over again, are central to th...
Russian Battlefield Awareness and Information Dominance: Improved Capabilities and Future Challenges
The Russian military is developing the doctrine and capabilities for gaining and contesting battlefield awareness that ...
War on the Rocks
Bombshell: Think Instead About Having a Great Life
Join Bombshell for a rousing discussion of the fathomless train wreck that is Brexit and the increasing lack of predicta...
Should the Names of Terrorists Never Pass Our Lips?
“He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety – that is why you will never hear me mention his na...
Reframing Rigor for Senior Service Colleges
In 2004, Maj. Gen. James Mattis wrote that he found both comfort and professional guidance in his stalwart habit of read...
Kazakhstan After Nazarbayev: The First Priority is Continuity
Last week, Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of Kazakhstan, resigned after 30 years in power. At 78 years old, Nazarba...
Training Law Enforcement in Fragile States: The Case for a New U.S. Approach
On Jan. 15, 2019, al-Shabaab gunmen flooded into Nairobi’s DusitD2 hotel complex and opened fire, killing 21 people incl...
The Kosovo War in Retrospect
As the campaign for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president heats up, a key foreign policy question is whether and ...
What a U.S. Operation Against Russian Trolls Predicts About Escalation in Cyberspace
The Washington Post recently reported that U.S. Cyber Command conducted an offensive cyber operation in the fall to bloc...
Can the Children of the ISIS Caliphate Ever Come Home?
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published by The Interpreter, which is published by the Lowy Ins...
Net Assessment: Masterpiece Theater
In this episode, Chris, Bryan, and Melanie take a broad look at the administration’s FY2020 defense budget request. They...
Weighing the Costs of War and Peace in Afghanistan
On Mar. 12, the United States and the Taliban finished their longest set of talks to date. After 16 days of negotiations...
Raytheon Presses Hard For More Army Biz: NGCV, DeepStrike, Coyote
The growing threat from potential near-peer adversaries, such as Russia and China, has propelled the Army into an all-...
Oshkosh Rolls Out New JLTV As Army Talks Cuts
The Army’s not sure it wants 55,000 JLTVs — but manufacturer Oshkosh is doubling down. Why?
HASC Chair Smith To White House: Forget Your Space Force
The day before Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahn appears before the HASC, Chairman Smith hammers White House Sp...
Navy Unveils $3.2B Unfunded List: 2 F-35s, New Laser & More Precision Strike
The Navy tells Congress it wants to get more deadly, and sail longer. Quickly. Can you say unfunded requirements?
Lasers: Beyond The Power Problem
Miitary lasers are getting more and more powerful, fast. But raw power isn’
2020 Budget: One Half Step Towards A Great Power Strategy
The Trump defense budget takes significant steps to move from a focus on regional conflicts and counter-insurgency to...
Shanahan Ethics Agreement Out; How The F-15X Decision Was Made
The Air Force wants more planes – and believes it has found a way to get them.
Marine Commandant Memo Adds Billions to DoD’s Growing Weather Cleanup
WASHINGTON: A pair of memos from Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller paint a grim picture of the Corps’ fiscal health...
Five Principles To Drive The Space Force
Half of all private-sector divestments lose value, and many of the most common risks of carve-outs in the private sect...
Navy Unveils 355 Ship Fleet Plan — But It’ll All Change
The Navy thinks it will need at least $40 billion a year to maintain its new fleet — but admits that they haven’t actu...