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01/31/2014
Proceedings Magazine Jan. 2014
A Modular Warship for 2025 | by Capt. Michael Junge
The U.S. Navy has a tradition when it comes to shipbuilding. Two, actually. The first involves building large, technically complex ships. The second is to rapidly build smaller, technically simple ships when war looms on the horizon. From the dawn of the Navy until the end of the battleship era, this latter tradition dominated shipbuilding. With the rise of the aircraft carrier, the ship-launched surface-to-surface missile, and afloat computing, the cost and complexity of ships skyrocketed. 
01/31/2014
World Politics Review
Latin America Gets No Love in State of the Union | by Nikolas Gvosdev
In the last sections of his 2014 State of the Union address, after devoting a good deal of attention to strategies for restoring America’s domestic prosperity, President Barack Obama turned to U.S. foreign policy. The bulk of his comments about America’s place in the world...
01/31/2014
The Wall Street Journal
Take Heed of China's Security Commission | by Andrew Erickson
China’s complex bureaucracy has presented China-watchers with a new analytical challenge in the form of a National Security Commission, which appears intended to help President Xi Jinping consolidate power and enhance administration but which otherwise remains something of a mystery.
01/31/2014
Ethics & International Affairs
The Ethics of Cyberweapons | by Nikolas Gvosdev
Earlier this week, I attended a roundtable convened by Amitai Etzioni to discuss his ideas for pursuing a strategy of mutually-assured restraint (MAR) between the United States and China. Inevitably in any discussion of Sino-American relations, the question of cyber activities came up and how we still are grappling with how to regulate the use of cyber tools in matters of war, peace and everything in between...
01/31/2014
The National Interest
Ukraine's Nightmare: Far from Over | by Nikolas Gvosdev
No matter how events play out in Kyiv in the coming days, the crisis in Ukraine points to three fundamental issues that sloganeering about democracy, a "European choice" or torpedoing Putin's Eurasian dream does little to address. If tomorrow Viktor Yanukovych were to resign the presidency of Ukraine (he has now taken "sick leave"), depart the country into exile, and turn control over to opposition politicians, Ukraine's nightmare would be far from over.
01/30/2014
Foreign Policy
If George Washington Were Alive, He'd be Reading Your Email | by Stephen Knott
One notable topic not addressed in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech this year -- at least not in clear, direct language -- was the NSA scandal.
01/29/2014
Space.com
Air Force's Mysterious X-37B Space Plane Passes 400 Days in Orbit | quotes Joan Johnson-Freese
The Florida consolidation work suggests more fine-tuning of the X-37B program, said Joan Johnson-Freese, professor of national security affairs at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.
"It appears to me that the Air Force intended with the third mission to push the envelope of what the X-37B could do in terms of time-in-space and that they are happy with the results of the mission," she told SPACE.com.
01/27/2014
McClatchy DC
Europe is less worried than U.S. about threat to Sochi Olympics | quotes Tom Nichols
But some who study terror also note that the threat is well-known to the Russian forces in charge of security at these games. “After all, this is where the Russians live,” said Thomas Nichols, a professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. “And this is what they live with.”
01/27/2014
The Washington Post
Military brass, behaving badly: Files detail a spate of misconduct dogging armed forces | quotes Martin Cook
Martin L. Cook, a professor of military ethics at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., said the recent eruption of misconduct is “frankly a puzzle to everybody.” One factor, he added, may be that as officers climb higher in the ranks they become insulated and fewer people are willing to challenge or question them.
01/27/2014
Business Insider
Were America’s Nuclear Codes Set To Zero? Looks Like It, And Worse | by Tom Nichols
A few weeks ago, I reacted to a story that’s been going around for years: that the launch code for the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) force was set to “00000000″ until 1977.
01/27/2014
Life Week
What is behind Jang Song Taeks death | interviewsTerry Roehrig
Professor Terry Roehrig discusses what is behind Jang Song Taeks death (in Chinese).
01/24/2014
World Politics Review
As U.S. Midterms Approach, Expect Mixed Messages on Foreign Policy | by Nikolas Gvosdev
President Barack Obama now has a little less than three years left in office, and the latest political parlor game is to try and discern what shape the final tranche of his administration will take. David Remnick’s profile of Obama in the New Yorker suggests that the next 12 months or so represents the administration’s last chance to set in concrete what it hopes its lasting contributions to U.S. foreign and domestic policy will be.
01/24/2014
Region Plus
Consistent Support | interviews Tom Fedyszyn
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev last week paid his fifth visit to the NATO headquarters in Brussels... The NATO academic co-director of the Azerbaijan programme of NATO's Defence Education Enhancement Programme (DEEP), expert Thomas Fedyszyn, shared his opinion on the outcome of this visit with R+.
01/24/2014
Defense News
NATO-backed Project Explores Legal Options To Respond to Cyberattacks | quotes Michael Schmitt
“This doesn’t happen so often though,” said project director Michael Schmitt, chairman of the US Naval War College’s International Law Department, professor of Public International Law at the University of Exeter School of Law and a senior fellow at NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence.
“We’re now looking at the other half of the equation, i.e., what happens on a day-to-day basis..."
01/24/2014
Joint Forces Quarterly
Putting “A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower” to Work | by Jeffrey Shaw
There is little doubt that the United States and the United Kingdom (UK) will operate side by side in future contingency operations. The War Gaming Department at the U.S. Naval War College sought to improve mutual understanding between U.S. and UK operators and planners in conducting combined operations in a future maritime environment.

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