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Tuesday Linkage

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On July 17, 2018
Apologies for the absolute paucity of recent blogging.  Combination of work, travel, other work, yet more travel, and work-related travel.  Some links for your reading pleasure… Drezner on Infectious Incompetence; future libertarians will point to the Trump administration when explaining why we don’t need government. USS Essex quietly deploys to the Pacific with a contingent […]

3D Printing

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On July 3, 2018

I have some thoughts at the Diplomat on a new RAND report about 3D printing… A recent RAND study by Trevor Smith, Troy D. Johnson, and J. Luke Irwin explored how the diffusion of 3D printing c

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Yet more thoughts on the Trump administration’s decision to more tightly control student visas: In late May, the Trump administration announcedthat the length of visas for Chinese graduate students working in certain fields would be cut to one year. Not unexpected, the step is intended to protect advanced U.S. technology from Chinese appropriation, as well as limit the speed […]

SPACE FARCE!

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On June 19, 2018

His Orange Majesty has decreed the existence of a sixth [sic] branch [sic] of the armed forces.  It will surprise no one to find that I’m skeptical of the idea of creating an independent servic

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The SCS

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On June 15, 2018
Tried to pull together my thoughts and my frustrations on how we talk about the South China Sea… Official statements notwithstanding, the South China Sea is a stalking horse for broader U.S. concerns over the rise of Chinese military and economic power. The installations that China has built across the region are of negligible economic […]

355?

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On June 14, 2018

I have a column at the Diplomat on the 355 ship navy… Motivation is a problem for peacetime naval buildups, especially in democracies. In the case of the United Stdates, while the strategic clas

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The YUUUUUGE Summit

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On June 12, 2018
So the apparent quick takeaways: US and DPRK release joint communique that commits both to vague “denuclearization.” US agrees to suspend military exercises, apparently without informing the ROK military (although it’s possible that Moon was informed) Trump complains about cost of US troops deployed in ROK, and of strategic bomber flights near Korean Peninsula In […]
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