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05/31/2013
World Politics Review
Before Arming Syrian Rebels, U.S. Must Weigh Consequences | by Nikolas Gvosdev
The termination of the European Union embargo on providing military equipment to Syria's rebels, combined with renewed efforts in the U.S. Congress to goad the Obama administration into providing arms to the anti-Assad opposition, suggests that the West will soon become more directly involved in aiding the fight against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
05/31/2013
Audio Boo
Jonathan Marcus on the US rebalancing towards Asia | interviews Lyle Goldstein
As the 2013 Shangri-la Dialogue of Asian defence and security leaders takes place in Singapore, Jonathan Marcus reports for BBC News from on board the USS Freedom on the US "pivot" towards Asia.
05/31/2013
John Batchelor Show
The rising power of China | interviews Michael Vlahos
Professor Michael Vlahos discusses the 'future war' with John Batchelor.
05/31/2013
The Daily Dot
The thin line between cyberattacks and real war | quotes Michael Schmitt
Picture "a massive cyber operation directed against a country that has devastating effects on that country's economy," Schmitt says. "Why is that not an armed attack? If a warship sits off the coast of Rhode Island, shells it and destroys five empty houses," that would clearly prompt a physical retaliation.
05/31/2013
WSJ: Live Mint
Why autonomous robots need ethical ‘brakes’ | quotes Lt. Col. Jeffrey Thurnher
Jeffery S. Thurhner, a member of the faculty in the international law department at the US Naval War College, said in a December media statement issued by the National Defence University Press that “...The US will likely face asymmetric threats in military campaigns of the future.
05/30/2013
The Jamestown Foundation
Chinese Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Development | by Andrew Erickson
China’s anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM), the DF-21D, has reached the equivalent of Initial Operational Capability. Although it probably has been deployed in small numbers, additional challenges and tests remain.
05/30/2013
The Jamestown Press
It’s hard to say goodbye to Jamestown | quotes Col. Perry Panos and Lt. Col. Zach Zeiner
A year in Jamestown brought new friendships and many happy days that slipped by too quickly, say two military families, who are preparing to leave Rhode Island for new assignments next month.
05/30/2013
The Herald News
Vietnam veterans remembered in ceremony aboard battleship | quotes Lt. Col. William Wando
Lt. Col. William Wando of the Naval War College, a heavily decorated serviceman, was the keynote speaker. He remembered his fallen comrades while serving in the Battle of Falujah in Iraq and spoke of the many others lost serving in past and present wars. “As long as we keep them in mind, their sacrifices will not have been in vain,” Wando said.
05/28/2013
Harvard Law School: National Security Journal
“Out of the Loop”: Autonomous Weapon Systems and the Law of Armed Conflict | by Michael Schmitt / Lt. Col. Jeffrey Thurnher
The introduction of autonomous weapon systems into the “battlespace” will profoundly influence the nature of future warfare. This reality has begun to draw the attention of the international legal community, with increasing calls for an outright ban on the use of autonomous weapons systems in armed conflict.
05/24/2013
Foreign Affairs
China Has Drones. Now What? | by Andrew Erickson
Drones, able to dispatch death remotely, without human eyes on their targets or a pilot’s life at stake, make people uncomfortable -- even when they belong to democratic governments that presumably have some limits on using them for ill. (On May 23, in a major speech, U.S. President Barack Obama laid out what some of those limits are.) An even more alarming prospect is that unmanned aircraft will be acquired and deployed by authoritarian regimes, with fewer checks on their use of lethal force.
05/24/2013
The Washington Post
Obama’s silence on Taiwan masks its significance in Asia | quotes Toshi Yoshihara and James Holmes
Likewise, Toshi Yoshihara and James Holmes, professors at the U.S. Naval War College, describe Taiwan in their book “Red Star Over the Pacific” as “the one geographic asset that can grant Chinese forces direct access to the Pacific” and note that “a nation in possession of Taiwan has the freedom to cut sea communications from Northeast to Southeast Asia.”
05/24/2013
World Politics Review
The Realist Prism: To Draw Down War on Terror, Obama Must Turn Rhetoric Into... | by Nikolas Gvosdev
President Barack Obama offered a detailed and comprehensive vision of how he plans to wind down the global war on terrorism. Perhaps inspired by the continued and growing criticism from his political base that his maintenance—and expansion—of executive powers inherited from the George W. Bush administration was setting troubling precedents for future chief executives....
05/22/2013
Space.com
China Space Program Ramping Up Capabilities, Pentagon Says | quotes Joan Johnson-Freese
“I am always baffled at why it would be thought that a country would take out a satellite — creating debris with the potential to damage their own satellites — when taking out the ground station is easier, yields the same result, and without the debris-creation issues," Johnson-Freese said.
05/22/2013
Hartford Courant
Navy Commander Philip Beckman Receives Award For Military Professional Of The Year
Navy Commander Philip Beckman of Ivoryton received the Award for Military Professional Employee of the Year from the Rhode Island Federal Executive Council on May 8th.

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