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Things Afoot in Venezuela?

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On April 30, 2019
Perhaps finally some movement one direction or another… Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido said on Tuesday he had begun the “final phase” of his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro, calling on Venezuelans and the military to back him to end Maduro’s “usurpation.” A Reuters journalist later saw security forces firing tear gas at Guaido and […]
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The Roosevelt

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On April 25, 2019
In light of the decision to retire the USS Harry S. Truman early, I wrote a short piece on one of the lesser-known USN fleet carriers… Last month, the Navy shocked observers by proposing to retire the nuclear supercarrier USS Harry S. Truman from service some twenty years before expected. Given the gravity of this proposal, it’s […]

Whoops!

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On April 23, 2019

In a bit of a companion piece to yesterday’s article about battleship mutinies, today I offer a short look at some of the most dreadful accidents in the history of the battleship form… Bat

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Mutiny!

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On April 22, 2019
I have a short piece up at the National Interest on battleship mutinies: Battleships were a huge investment of national treasure and national pride. Indeed, in some cases they arguably represented an over-investment. This can become awkward when those ships are lost, either by enemy action or by accident. But it becomes exceptionally awkward when […]

Spam!

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On April 21, 2019

As you may have noted we’re having a bit of a spam attack lately. My understanding is that the system takes time to learn (and this attack is clearly designed to exploit seams in Disqus’ d

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Avoiding the F-35 Trap

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On April 9, 2019
New piece at the National Interest that thinks through some of the dilemmas of high-end modern military procurement: Could a rethink of U.S. acquisition policies bring back the heady days of the “Century Series,” a time in which the Air Force could pick and choose between a variety of different fighters specialized in certain tasks? […]
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