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Category: Robert Farley
Well this, from Julian’s “support” account, is not freakishly creepy in any way:
We are looking for clear discrete (father/shareholding/party membership) variables that can be put into our AI software. Other suggestions?
— WikiLeaks Task Force (@WLTaskForce) January 6, 2017
And the mission of the WL Task Force:
— WikiLeaks Task Force (@WLTaskForce) October 24, 2016
Given that President Trump has decided that China is where he’ll demonstrate his toughness and resolvitude, here are five areas of potential conflict between Beijing and Washington:
Even prior to his inauguration, President Trump has (for good or ill) unsettled the relationship between the United States and China. While Trump’s dovish instincts on Russia are well known, he (and his team) have suggested a far more controversial stance in the Asia-Pacific. Here are five areas in which both Washington and Beijing will need to tread carefully:
The National Interest asked me to contribute a piece on Plan Z:
In the mid-1930s, the Nazi government began to plan in detail for the reconstruction of German naval power. The destruction of the German High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow remained central to the mythology of German betrayal and defeat in World War I; rebuilding the fleet would be a grand achievement worthy of the Nazis, but also in accord with long-term German foreign policy goals.
I’m on the mailing list for a few defense-oriented DC think tanks, mostly so I can stay abreast of what people are working on. Occasionally, though, I have the chance to spend some time in DC, and have the good luck to be able to attend a roll out. Three quarters of the point of attendance is to see folks and make connections, something that’s doubly important when you only make it to DC three or four times a year. The other quarter point is to find good material for writing. Such was the CNAS “Future Foundry” event on the future of the US defense industry:
Two weeks ago, the Center for New American Security released a new report on the future of U.S. defense innovation. Titled Future Foundry, the report introduces the concept of “optionality,” an interpretation of the Third Offset; the idea that the United States can leverage technological advantage to offset the rise of China and the military re-emergence of Russia.
I can also, for those who have maintained their strong mooch instincts, that CNAS lays out a lovely breakfast buffet.
Last month’s DC Meetup was so fabulously successful that we’re planning to do it again. Several front-pagers will be gathering in Manhattan on Saturday, January 7. We have tentatively scheduled the meetup for 3pm at Fool’s Gold (145 E. Houston Street). We’re pretty solid on the time, but may adjust the location before Saturday; we’ll keep you informed. Facebook event page here; RSVPs appreciated, but not necessary.
Here are the top ten posts from 2016:
- Goodbye (Farley)
- Maureen Dowd is a National Embarrassment (Lemieux)
- Trump-inspired classism (Watkins)
- The Party Left Me and Other Complaints of the Voter-as-Atomistic-Consumer (Lemieux)
- If lawyers make too much money why is Matt Breunig panhandling on the internet? (Campos)
- The game is the game (Campos)
- Don’t Look at Us, We Didn’t Do It (Lemieux)
- Delete Your Column (Lemieux)
- The Rubiobot is No Poet and They Don’t Know it (Lemieux)
- Nefarious LGM (Campos)
That’s right; Loomis is shut out of the top ten. Sad!
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Thanks for enduring 2016 with us!
Some links for your Wednesday:
- Tom Nichols takes on “How Could the USSR Have Won the Cold War?”
- Children of Men ten years on. I suspect the biggest reason that it hasn’t received due acclaim is because it’s just so goddamn difficult to watch; I’ve never managed a second viewing.
- Progress in Chinese seapower and airpower in 2016.
- Kentucky’s position on this list is… disappointing. I shall redouble my efforts.
- China is developing a Very Long Range Air-to-Air Missile (VLRAAM)…
- Lots to read about the passing of Carrie Fisher; this is a passable start. One heartening piece of the tragedy is that she seems to be receiving the same kind of serious critical attention as Leonard Nimoy, another fine performer strongly associated with a particular science fiction character.
In other news, I have continued to update our SEK: In Memorium page. If you know of any good remembrances that I’ve missed, please list them in comments.
Wrote a piece earlier this month on the destruction of Force Z:
Seventy five years ago, the Western Allies suffered a catastrophic defeat in the Pacific. Japanese aircraft devastated an allied naval force, sinking the most effective battleships in the fleet. Japan’s aerial victory opened much of Asia up to invasion, giving the Imperial Japanese Navy a clear field for undertaking its grand offensive. The attack demonstrated conclusively that the battleship, the primary capital ship of fleets since the late 19th century, could no longer project independent of air support.
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