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Droning

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On May 17, 2009
It’s hard to disagree with David Kilcullen and Andrew Exum on the drone issue: Governments typically make several mistakes when attempting to separate violent extremists from populations in which they hide. First, they often overestimate the degree to which a population harboring an armed actor can influence that actor’s behavior. People don’t tolerate extremists in […]

Better Journalism, Please

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On February 16, 2009

For some reason, the Atlantic continues to attract love letters to aircraft. I had hoped that Robert Kaplan’s ode to the B-2 Spirit would be sufficient embarrassment to the magazine to make the

Bush Denied Bunker Busters to Israel

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On January 10, 2009
Much of interest here: Early in 2008, the Israeli government signaled that it might be preparing to take matters into its own hands. In a series of meetings, Israeli officials asked Washington for a new generation of powerful bunker-busters, far more capable of blowing up a deep underground plant than anything in Israel’s arsenal of […]

Targeting

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On December 29, 2008

Via Ackerman, Gershon Shafir: First, Israel is about to exhaust obvious and legitimate military targets, especially those available for aerial bombardment, even under their broadest interpretation. Ad

Discrimination

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On December 29, 2008

To be clear, I think that the Israeli air campaign against Gaza will end up being destructive, and, from a political point of view, pointless at best. That said, the Israeli attacks thus far have NOT

I Know; Let’s Send a Message!!!

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On December 29, 2008
The New York Times shows the stupid: But it has another goal as well: to expunge the ghost of its flawed 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon and re-establish Israeli deterrence….“There has been a nagging sense of uncertainty in the last couple years of whether anyone is really afraid of Israel anymore,” he said. “The […]

Maintaining the Balance…

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On December 23, 2008

Surface to Air Missile technology is one of those areas where small shifts in tactical capability could have large strategic effects; if reliable, effective, difficult to counter surface to air missil

Mmm… Brave

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On July 23, 2008
Christian at Defense Tech makes a catch: Obama flew from Iraq to Amman on an MV-22 Osprey from Marine Medium Tiltrotor Transport squadron 162 — the newest Osprey squadron to deploy to Iraq. I’m kicking over some rocks as we speak to see if this was by happenstance or by design. Was the Corps strategically […]
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