Strategic Studies Quarterly

Volume 14 Issue 1 - Spring 2020

  • Book cover of Dawn of the Code War: America’s Battle against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat by John P. Carlin with Garrett M. Graff

    Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat 

    by John P. Carlin with Garrett M. Graff
    Reviewed by Dr. Mark T. Peters II, USAF, Retired

    Recent publication trends involving cyber subjects summarize the past two decades’ activity with shaded perspectives about motivation and intent. John Carlin in Dawn of the Code War, with Garrett Graff ’s assistance, covers much-discussed activities from a Department of Justice perspective including Carlin’s multiyear role as chief of staff for FBI director Robert Mueller. 

  • Book cover of Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity by Louis A. Del Monte


    Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat to Humanity

    by Louis A. Del Monte
    Reviewed by Maj Patrick M. Milott, USAF 

    When new technologies cross from industry to the battlefield, calls arise to slow the process and consider international implications of using these weapons. Louis A. Del Monte’s Nanoweapons is one of those calls. His work is a serious attempt to use publicly available information to address the development and use of nanotechnology as weapons. The author brings together ideas normally relegated to science fiction (e.g., laser weapons, artificial intelligence, and self-replicating nanorobots) and uses his technical background to inform the reader as to what is science fact. 

  • Book cover of Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpower by Michael Beckley


    Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World's Sole Superpower

    by Michael Beckley
    Reviewed by Brig Gen Chad Manske, USAF 

    Graham Allison’s concept of the Thucydides Trap has fed the hubristic notion in po­larizing policy debates that China’s rise in the world is in relative proportion to America’s decline. While military conflict (economic and trade flaps notwithstanding) may in fact be avoidable as a result of the aggressive and interconnected aspects of other instruments of power, the authenticity of great power competition with China may in fact be just a facade—in every respect of that debate.

  • Book cover of Cyber Security: Threats and Responses for Government and Business by Jack Caravelli and Nigel Jones


    Cyber Security: Threats and Responses for Government and Business

    by Jack Caravelli and Nigel Jones
    Reviewed by Dr. Mark T. Peters, USAF, Retired 

    Finding the right vector to begin any comprehensive cybersecurity practices and policy discussion can seem an Augean task. Jack Caravelli and Nigel Jones make signifi­cant headway toward those ends as Cyber Security: Threats and Responses for Government and Business excellently captures high-level aspects likely to influence the next 10 to 20 years of cybersecurity implementations.

  • Book cover of Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War by Paul Scharre

    Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War

    by Paul Scharre
    Reviewed by 1st Lt Nathaniel Lewis, USAF

    Army of None sets out to explore the following questions: Given rapid advancement in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, should robots be allowed to make life-or-death decisions? To what degree should humans be involved in the decision-making process? Should we, or could we, ban autonomous weapons?  

  • Book cover of On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War by Van Jackson

    On the Brink: Trump, Kim, and the Threat of Nuclear War

    by Van Jackson
    Reviewed by CMSgt Frank Murphy, USAF, Retired

    On the Brink covers very recent current events from the author’s perspective and speaks to being on the precipice of nuclear war. In this context, it is vital to know the culture and history of the major players. An expert in this field and a known Korean security expert, Van Jackson served in the Obama administration. His blend of academics and practical experience infuses his US foreign policy analysis. 

  • Photo of Dr. David R. Mets, USAF, Retired

    Dr. David R. Mets

    We pay tribute to author, scholar, and warrior Dr. David R. Mets for his innovation and contribution to the study and discussion of airpower and the legacy he leaves to the Department of Defense, the Airmen of today, and those of tomorrow. He will be remembered fondly by the Air University faculty, friends, colleagues, and students and sorely missed by Air University Press.  

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