James R. Schlesinger, In Memoriam | by Thomas Mahnken
Last Friday I was at a meeting with some of the United States' most respected thinkers and practitioners. As I walked in, I was struck by the solemn mood and the somber conversation that hung over the room.
Academia Embraces Reality? | by James Holmes
So last Thursday the Naval Diplomat and the Naval Diplomat’s Wife vaulted into the Diplomatmobile, ignited the rocket assist, and sped from somewhere along the shores of Narragansett Bay up to Toronto, Ontario. We went across the international frontier into the Great White North …
Why Russia Yearns for Empire | by James Holmes
Should Russian actions in Crimea have come as a shock? Not here. Sure, the specifics were surprising. But that’s true of any sudden contingency, isn’t it? We all suffer from a prophecy deficit. Indeed, even President Putin may not have planned this venture in advance. He may have simply seen an opportunity coming and seized it. Such events are intrinsically unpredictable.
Defend the First Island Chain | by James Holmes
Want to give China an ulcer, a nagging sore that compels Beijing to think twice about aggression? Then look at the map. Geography affords the U.S.-Japan alliance abundant opportunities to make trouble for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), denying China’s military access to the...
Seeing the Maritime Forest for the Trees | by Robert Rubel
At some point in the near future the U.S. Navy will release a successor document to its 2007 A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower , otherwise known as CS21 . By now, CS21 enjoys a longevity approaching that of the 1980s Maritime Strategy . Outside the confines of the Navy’s resources directorate (N8) there exists no formalized process for developing strategy, so as was the case for CS21 , the new strategy document will be the result of an ad hoc effort.