Author: Robert Farley

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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 bust down the doors of air-defense networks from Iraq to Libya, and has become a favorite tool of political […]

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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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 shipyard launched two of the big new ships, with some reports suggesting that the class may extend to twenty-four vessels. The ships are large […]

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 Inf

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More on 3D Printing

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On July 10, 2018
The second part of my Diplomat piece on 3D printing is now up; incidentally, here is the (correct) link to the first part: In short, many things will change, and many things will remain the same. Careful management of the change will be among the most difficult and important tasks for the policymakers of the […]

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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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 service to focus on war in space.  Trump is unclear on the distinction between service and branch, but he claims that […]

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. con

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