Author: Robert Farley

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Some thoughts on the connection between the liberal international trade order and US military dominance… The connections between trade and innovation are complicated, but generally speaking freer trade tends to generate more technological innovation than autarky, although much depends on the specific legal and structural conditions under which trade is conducted. During the Cold War, […]

TLAM

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On July 30, 2018

What if the TLAM had been killed in childhood by the INF Treaty? For the past three decades, America’s signature weapon of war has been the Tomahawk Land Attack Missile, or TLAM. The TLAM has helped

BUFF!!!

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On July 24, 2018

What if the B-52 had not survived infancy? Initially intended to deliver strategic nuclear weapons against the Soviet Union, the B-52 has kept that mission long after the USSR itself ceased to exist.

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China’s VSTOL Adventure?

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On July 23, 2018
Will China resurrect the Yak-141, or something along those lines?  I have doubts… Abraham Ait has suggested that the U.S. Navy should begin to think about China’s new amphibs along the same terms that it thinks about its own amphibious ships; as potential light aircraft carriers. In particular, he raises the question of whether China could […]

Type 055

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On July 22, 2018

Some thoughts at the National Interest on China’s new Type 055 destroyer… Does the United States have an answer to China’s new Type 055 destroyers? Does it need one? On July 3 Dalian s

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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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