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Reform?

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On September 18, 2018

A bit on some of the implications of Japanese constitutional reform… The legal structure governing Japan’s use of force continues to evolve, albeit slowly. The process deserves more attention,

The QEs!

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On September 17, 2018

The latest in my “What If Never?” series turns to the past… The five super-dreadnoughts of the Queen Elizabeth class were among the finest battleships ever built. Combining high spee

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Sunday Book Review: The Silk Roads

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On September 16, 2018
Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads places the Middle East and Central Asia at (as their names imply) the center of world history.  Frankopan argues that trade across Central Asia was critical not only for the development of the civilizations on either side, but also gave rise to world historical developments within the area, including the […]

The Big Five

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On September 4, 2018

Latest in my “What if Never?” series takes on the “Big Five” group of Army procurement programs from the 1970s: In the 1970s and 1980s, the U.S. Army embarked on a series of pr

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  Sharon Weinberger’s The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, The Pentagon Agency that Changed the World is one of a few recent books to examine the intersection between science and the state’s pursuit of innovation in military technology. While states have been interested in how to develop and acquire innovative military technology for […]

Jet Engines?

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On August 30, 2018

J. Tyler Lovell and myself have a short piece on Chinese jet engines at the National Interest… The problem of technology mismatch, at its root, is that the thief lacks trade secrets and human ca

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Linkage and the SCS

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On August 28, 2018
Another Diplomat piece, this time on whether the Trump administration might try to tie the trade war against China to Chinese behavior in the South China Sea… Over the past month, the Trump administration has stepped up its trade war with China, with uncertain results thus far. But the scope of the war has increased, from […]
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