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The Phantom Menace Effect

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On May 24, 2018
In honor of the latest entry in the Star Wars Cinematic Universe, I decided to take a closer look at what’s called, in these parts, the “Phantom Menace Effect.” I don’t know if Scott coined the term, but he certainly uses it a lot, and the argument boils down to this; Star Wars films tend […]

Tuesday Linkage

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On May 22, 2018

For your reading pleasure… Election Day in Kentucky!  Big race in Lexington is the Democratic primary for KY-6, which pits Senator Reggie Thomas, Mayor Jim Gray, and Lt. Colonel Amy McGrath (US

ROKS Marado

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On May 17, 2018

South Korea has a new baby flattop! Displacing 18,000 tons at full load, Marado can make 23 knots and carry 10 helicopters, as well as 720 marines and associated ground combat vehicles. Dokdo ent

Bibi Looks East

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On May 16, 2018

Apart from some occasional stuff about Israeli weapons technology or nuclear doctrine, I try not to write about Israel-Palestine on the internet.  This keeps me sane.  But I think that there are som

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Blockade?

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On May 14, 2018
My latest at the Diplomat riffs off Gabriel Collins’ Naval War College Review article on a distant energy blockade against China: Gabriel Collins has evaluated the prospects for a distant oil blockade against China in a new article at the Naval War College Review, and isn’t terribly optimistic. Building on an earlier article, Collins runs through the tactical […]
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Technology Transfer

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On May 9, 2018
My latest at the Diplomat takes a look at how some of China’s technology transfer policies are playing out: China approached its aerospace industry with the idea that it would build an advanced, national champion sector by integrating as much foreign technology as possibly into its own research and production processes. Chinese policy mandates that […]

The Deal

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On May 8, 2018

Most everyone knows that Captain Turnip has decided to quash US participation in the JCPOA.  Much of what happens in the next month will depend on the details of the US, Iranian, and European next mo

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