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CAATSA

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On October 12, 2018
Latest at the Diplomat takes a look as US efforts to punish China for buying Russian military equipment.  This is a big deal, and the Chinese are pissed; there may be consequences down the line.  At the same time, it shows the extent of US financial muscle… As The Diplomat has extensively covered recently, the U.S. decision to […]

Varyag Undone

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On October 9, 2018

What if China had never gone through with the purchase of Varyag, the ex-Soviet Ukrainian aircraft carrier that later became Liaoning?  In 1998, a Chinese businessman bought the incomplete hulk of a

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The Future of the Indian DIB

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On October 8, 2018
Some thoughts on the steps that India is taking to reform its defense industrial base (DIB)… The fundamental structures for innovation in a defense industrial base in the 21st century are still taking shape. Every model includes public-private cooperation, but the nature of that cooperation varies greatly depending on the relationship between the state, the […]

Escalation

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On October 4, 2018

Latest at the National Interests takes a look at escalation dynamics associated with aircraft carriers… Since the 1950s, the supercarrier has been the most visible representation of U.S. militar

Links…

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On October 3, 2018

Some links for your reading pleasure. Found the Inner Ring, by C.S. Lewis, assigned in the USAWC’s Strategic Leadership course. I wish that I had read it many years ago… King Lear was unev

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Waiting for Gravity…

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On September 28, 2018
My latest at the Diplomat concerns the surprisingly robust Sino-Russian relationship… In a sense, American policymakers are conditioned to believe that no strong relationship between Russia and China can persist. For those steeped in realist theories of international relations, the prospect of extended cooperation between twolarge, powerful countries sharing a long land border seems puzzling. […]

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,

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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