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02/23/2015
The Daily Beast
ISIS Used a U.S. Prison as Boot Camp | quotes Craig Whiteside
In an excerpt from their new book on ISIS, Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan show how jihadists used a U.S.-run Iraqi prison to coordinate with al Qaeda.
02/23/2015
The National Interest
Incidental Superpower: America Will Be Forced to Lead | by Derek Reveron and Nikolas Gvosdev
As U.S. foreign policy looks beyond 2016, with likely reductions in defense spending, and a general distaste from recent bouts of state-building efforts, the United States will be more selective when it chooses to use force and where to intervene.
02/23/2015
Foreign Policy
VOICE Why did we lose in Afghanistan? | by Negeen Pegahi
We haven’t been at all shy about blaming our partners when things haven’t turned out well. We’re much less forthcoming, though, when it comes to assessing our own role in these debacles.
02/22/2015
The Diplomat
U.S.-China Relations: The Hypocrisy of Rules | by Joan Johnson-Freese
Perhaps, as the expression goes, hypocrisy rules the world; but certainly hypocrisy rules politics, at least the political aspect of U.S.-China relations relating to the establishment of rules intended to bring order to potential dangerous situations.
02/21/2015
Quartz.com
China’s island-building spree is about more than just military might | quotes Peter Dutton
China’s playing Monopoly in the South China Sea—only, instead of building hotels on Pacific Avenue, it’s constructing helipads and, in some cases, whole new islands.
02/21/2015
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Dust in Middle Eastern Deployment Area Poses Significant Health Risks to Veterans | quotes Capt. Mark Lyles
A researcher from the US Naval War College has shown that exposure to dust from Iraq and Kuwait may cause acute and chronic health problems for deployed troops and the people who live there.
02/20/2015
Foreign Policy
Reefer Madness: Why Is China on a Building Spree in the South China Sea? | quotes James Holmes
China’s frantic construction activity on a series of disputed reefs in the South China Sea has set off alarm bells across the Pacific and in Washington, raising fears that Beijing is putting steel in the ground to back up its contentious claims to a big swath of one of the world’s key waterways.
02/20/2015
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
The Importance of Education and Relationships in a Volatile World | cites Rear Adm. P. Gardner Howe III
On Monday, a keynote address for the JMSDF Command and Staff College (MCSC) 60th Foundation Anniversary/the 18th Asia Pacific Naval College Seminar (18APNCS) was presented by Rear Admiral P. Gardner Howe Ⅲ, President of the U.S. Naval War College (NWC), in Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. Howe delivered the address, “The Importance of Education and Relationships in a Volatile World”.
02/19/2015
The Society for Military History
2015 Coffman Prize | awarded to Nathan Packard
The Society for Military History has named Naval War College professor Nathan Packard the recipient of the 2015 Edward M. Coffman First Manuscript Prize, for his manuscript entry titled, "The Marine Corps' 'Long March': Modernizing the Nation's Expeditionary Forces in the Aftermath of Vietnam, 1970-1991."
02/11/2015
World Politics Review
Obama’s ‘Strategic Patience’ Strategy Could Backfire Among U.S. Allies | by Nikolas Gvosdev
This strategy seems to have been an attempt to signal that other partners need to step up more, but it may have the unintended consequence of casting doubts on Washington's reliability—at a time when clear statements, not purposeful ambiguity, are more critical than ever.
02/11/2015
Foreign Policy
Speak Softly and Carry a Big Ship | by James Holmes
The American Navy, in short, needs not prove anew that it can venture across the Pacific Ocean and arrive ready for action. The Navy only needs to remind Beijing it can still do what it’s been doing for 70 years. Send the fleet.
02/11/2015
Federal News Radio
The new National Security Strategy | interview with Michael Vlahos
Michael Vlahos is a professor in the Strategy and Policy Department at the U.S. Naval War College. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained why the National Security Strategy is an important document, and what you should consider when you read it.
02/10/2015
The Diplomat
The Truth About China's Aircraft Carriers | quotes Robert Rubel
What is China’s doctrine on the role of aircraft carriers? In one of the most authoritative sources, the latest biannual defense White Paper (2103), we get the following indications.
02/10/2015
BBC World Service
A short debate on Ukraine | interview with Tom Nichols
Last night, John Mearsheimer and I were invited to discuss the Ukraine crisis on the BBC World Service. Here’s the clip. I’ll have more to say about this, but as you’ll hear, John and I have no common ground: he refuses even to call the war in Ukraine an act of Russian aggression, which I find breathtaking.
02/06/2015
Pacific Stand
When Can a Hacker Start a War? | quotes Michael Schmitt
When would a cyber attack constitute an act of war? According to Schmitt and others, the only cyber attack that could have constituted an obvious armed attack was allegedly carried out by the U.S. and Israel.

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