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Interservice Competition

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On May 21, 2019
Even China does it! How is the Chinese People’s Liberation Army handling conflict between its constituent services? And how have those services decided to compete with one another? A recent report by Ian Burns McCaslin and Andrew Erickson for the China Aerospace Studies Institute examined the prospect of interservice competition over the maritime domain among China’s military […]

Late Notice

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On May 20, 2019

It appears that I failed to take note of the champions of the LGM brackets in both the Men’s and Women’s NCAA basketball tourneys. The winning Men’s Bracket was devinsmullet; the win

#GOT Wrap

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On May 20, 2019

For my part, hated it. Here are some links: Steve Saideman on secession: Dorne and the Iron Islands probably follow the Nordenreich out of the authority of King’s Landing. Drezner on the next bo

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Decoupling and the DIB

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On May 20, 2019
Some thoughts on the impact of the trade war on the US defense industrial base... As the United States and China have begun to consciously decouple, the implications of breaking up the relationship that has driven global economic growth for the last 30 years are coming into view. The complex relationships between U.S. and Chinese firms, […]
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I have a short piece up at Slate about the Battle of King’s Landing… To appreciate what happened to King’s Landing, we need to move beyond the tactical and operational levels and think strategically. At the Army War College we think about strategy within an “Ends-Ways-Means” framework. Team Dragon’s Means include the army and the dragon; its […]

Type 002

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On May 10, 2019

Some new pictures of China’s new aircraft carrier have emerged… To be clear, this will be the largest and most advanced aircraft carrier ever built outside the United States. It will likel

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Marshall in China

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On May 9, 2019
Over at the Diplomat I take a short look a new book on George Marshall’s experience in China… Shortly after the end of World War II, President Truman dispatched one of his most senior military officers, General George Marshall, to China in order to broker a peace between Nationalist and Communist factions. Truman and Marshall […]

Qyburn’s Error

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On May 8, 2019

Over on twitter I offered a few thoughts on the evolution of Qyburn, who has become one of my favorite characters and one of the most important gears enabling the confrontation between Team Dragon and

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