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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
This Mystery Gun Is Very, Very Weird
This unusual, bolt-action, manually-repeating pistol has three tube magazines running along the barrel. We don’t know who...
Forget Nukes for a Minute, North Korea’s Artillery Still Is Dangerous as Hell
North Korea on Nov. 16, 2018 claimed it tested a new “ultramodern” weapon, ending a voluntary freeze on major weapons tes...
In 1941, British and Soviet Troops Invaded Iran
Iran’s aggressive military posture is often attributed to its quasi-theocratic revolutionary government. However, the Mid...
No, the Russian Su-57 Stealth Fighter Isn’t Superior to the American F-22
Russia’s Su-57 stealth fighter is a more versatile and a better ground-attacker than America’s own F-22 is, one of Russia...
The YF-23 Stealth Fighter Won’t Save Us
A stealth fighter demonstrator that last flew in 1994 has enjoyed a cultural resurgence in recent years. But the YF-23’s ...
There’s One Reason America Refuses to Hold Saudi Arabia Responsible for Murder
The apparent extrajudicial execution of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey on Oct. 2, 2018 seemed like a ...
Big Submarine. Lots of Cruise Missiles.
The U.S. Navy is firming up plans for new, large cruise-missile submarines to replace the four aging Ohio-class SSGNs. Th...
The Stories War Tells Me
I’m here in Chicago, 7,000 miles and 15 years away from Jalalabad, a desolate town in southwestern Afghanistan. Yet somet...
Hiram Maxim’s ‘Hun Stopper’ Was a Lethal Hose
In late 1915 Sir Hiram Maxim, famed inventor of the machine gun, approached the British government with the offer of a “r...
China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Is Successful
China’s J-20 stealth fighter was a disappointment at the 2018 edition of the country’s biennial air show in Zhuhai in sou...
#Reviewing Blood in the Forest
Hunt has written a book that challenges the modern strategist to process how we end our wars and how we deal with their...
Israel's Nuclear Ambiguity: Would a Shift to Selective Nuclear Disclosure Enhance Strategic Deterrence?
All things considered, Israel must now prepare to rely upon a multi-faceted doctrine of nuclear deterrence. In turn, th...
Information Warfare Past, Present, and Future
Tactical, operational, and strategic success requires a cultural change to reconcile institutional aversion and relucta...
Space Theories Wanted
ake the works of the past and use them as the foundation for a new space theory that will receive the approval of the p...
#Reviewing Permanent Change of Station: More Than Boxes Unpacked
While Permanent Change of Station speaks to the unstable ground that must be trod as a spouse and caregiver, there is a...
Have You Read This? #Reviewing "Good kill"
What Garard’s poem does best is return us to a proper understanding of war as not a place of moral justification, but a...
Tensions on the Peninsula: Why Sumo Wrestling Won’t Help Us
Like Japanese sumo wrestlers, states have come to expect that conflict will be resolved through deliberate moves and fo...
Operation BADR: Defeating A2AD with DIME
The 1973 Arab-Israeli War provides an example of how even relatively inferior forces overcame similar threats from a mo...
Data Rich and Information Poor (DRIP): The Adversary of Lethality
The phrase data rich and information poor (DRIP) was first used in the 1983 best-selling business book, In Search of Ex...
#Reviewing The Burning Shores
This is not a book about war. It is a book about humanity interacting with chaos, some directed, and some without direc...
War on the Rocks
Bombshell: Come What May
Erin, Radha, and Loren invited Dr. Lindsay Cohn of the U.S. Naval War College to join their posse and explain America’s ...
Stretched Thin: When Fragile States Face Climate Hazards
With its population of more than 190 million, Nigeria’s fate is central to the success of West Africa. Armed opposition ...
Department of Disqualified: Fixing the Broken Military Medical Accessions Process
If discontent is the first necessity of progress, then the military medical accessions process — by which recruits are m...
The Fisher Model in the 21st Century
Editor’s Note: This article was submitted in response to our call for papers on “roles and missions.” A key conundrum fa...
Horns of a Dilemma: Intelligence and National Security Policymaking – A Conversation with Congressman Joaquin Castro
In this episode of Horns of a Dilemma, Robert Chesney is joined by Representative Joaquin Castro, who serves Texas’ 20th...
Rethinking Enlisted Education: Expanding the Professional Military Education Debate
In the wake of the 2018 National Defense Strategy’s bleak assessment of American professional military education, author...
Heed the Grail Knight: Can the Air Force Choose Wisely?
Editor’s Note: This article was submitted in response to our call for papers on “roles and missions.” Previously, I outl...
Cyber Security Derailed? Recommendations for Smarter Investments in Infrastructure
A state-owned Chinese company receives a contract to build and maintain the next generation of railcars that service Met...
The APEC Summit: An Opportunity and a Challenge for Asian Leaders
Editor’s Note: A version of this article was originally published by The Interpreter, which is published by the Lowy Ins...
Net Assessment: Does the Pentagon Deserve Our Trust?
This episode kicks off with a discussion of the national security implications of the mid-term elections. With the Democ...
Russians Tried to Jam NATO Exercise; Swedes Say They’ve Seen This Before
WASHINGTON: Few shocked faces were on display at NATO headquarters over the alleged Russian attempt to disrupt GPS s...
New Space Force Costs Could Be Same As A Couple Of F-35s
While standing up a new Space Force would likely run between $11 billion and $21 billion per year, the vast majority o...
Can Army Afford The Electronic Warfare Force It Wants?
WASHINGTON: Army planners are thrashing out how many electronic warfare specialists the service needs, not just to reb...
Don’t Expect Any Trump Boost To Defense Spending
Contrary to the president’s rhetoric, there is no forthcoming Trump buildup, and the new strategy emphasizing China a...
China Has Built ‘Great Wall of SAMs’ In Pacific: US Adm. Davidson
From militarized atolls in the South China Sea to a growing Chinese navy looking increasingly aggressive, the head of ...
Pentagon Frustrated By Silicon Valley Rejection: Joint Chiefs Chairman
HALIFAX: The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs expressed frustration Saturday over the refusal of some tech giants to work ...
NATO To ‘Integrate’ Offensive Cyber By Members
“NATO is clear that we will not perform offensive cyberspace operations,” said Maj. Gen. Wolfgang Renner. “However, we...
DoD AUDIT: Air Force Finds Mystery Motors, Other Highlights
After waiting almost three decades to audit itself, the Pentagon still failed miserably in its first attempt. Despite ...
Pentagon Fails 1st Audit, Space Force Price Plunges: DepSecDef Shanahan
“We failed the audit. We never expected to pass it,” Pat Shanahan said. But at least the Space Force will cost less th...
European Navies: Stepping Back Into the Game At Euronaval
Two years have passed since Le Bourget hosted the last Euronaval show, two years during which the maritime world has b...