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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, especially in light of the uncertainty of U.S. policy toward the Indo-Pacific, and of the growing power and assertiveness of the People’s Republic of China. The […]

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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US-India Alignment?

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On September 5, 2018
My latest at the Diplomat takes a closer look at some of the bureaucratic impediments to closer alignment between the US and India: It seems that the geopolitical question of the decade has become “how closely will India and the United States align?” For balance of power theorists, the appeal of U.S.-India engagement is obvious; […]

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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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 capital associated with the manufacturing and assembly of a system. At the very least, this absence can make the replication of […]
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ROK Defense Industry

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On August 27, 2018
My latest at the Diplomat looks at the growth of South Korea’s defense industry… What’s the upper limit for South Korea’s defense industry? A recent Jane’s Defence Weekly profile by Jon Grevatt investigated the ROK’s defense industry in depth. From a low base in the late 1960s, South Korea has progressively developed a sophisticated, productive […]

Monday Links…

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On August 20, 2018

Some links… The Iraqi spy who infiltrated ISIS. The legacies of Kofi Annan. Safety Culture or safety behavior? Adam Tooze on Turkey’s crash. Balloons to Drones has a useful Airpower Readin

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