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The Narrative Dimension of #Humans

December 2, 2014

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This post was previously shared on The Bridge in the series titled: “The #Human Project: Professional Views on the Army’s Human Dimension White Paper.” The views expressed here are the author’s alone and do not reflect those of the Joint Staff or the Department of Defense. As expected in a paper of this nature, The Human […]

Iranian Arms and Influence

November 22, 2013

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As Iran and world powers struggle on nuclear deal in Geneva, I conducted a thought experiment to consider revisiting Schelling’s calculus of deterrence in his seminal treatise Arms and Influence. Does this calculus remain relevant or is it obsolete in the face of a nuclear armed Iran?  It is, I concluded, variables in the strategic […]

How Big Would DoD Budget be Under Sequestration? Historically Big, It Turns Out.

February 16, 2013

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How Big Would DoD Budget be Under Sequestration? Historically Big, It Turns Out..

Eisenhower: The Chance for Peace

January 21, 2013

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In April 1953, the newly inaugurated American President Dwight Eisenhower sought the opportunity after the death of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin to reduce U.S-Soviet tensions and reduce U.S. defense spending. Washington, D.C. President Bryan, distinguished guests of this Association, and ladies and gentlemen: I am happy to be here. I say this and I mean […]

The Intersection of Interdependence and Stability

December 24, 2012

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An extract from the paper I presented at the Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society in Kingston, CA. The National Security Strategy (NSS) of 2010 describes a strategic approach that seeks to leverage the attributes of sturdy alliances, a strong economy (interdependence) and a professional military, a strong and evolving democracy, and a dynamic citizenry (stability) in […]

Attack the Enemy’s Strategy

December 7, 2012

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General James Mattis (Author), MG John R. Allen (Author), MG Daniel Bolger (Author), Bevin Alexander (Author), John DeRosa (Author), Ralph Peters (Author), Michael Yon (Author), COL John Antal (Editor), PJ Putnam  (Editor) Today, there is no more important issue to the warfighter than the topic of irregular warfare and, specifically, counterinsurgency. In Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States military, partnered with coalition forces, is fighting the long war. The outcome […]

Dempsey’s (Security) Paradox

November 23, 2012

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Last week I referred to a Foreign Policy blog post by Micah Zenko and how it relates to my transition from national security studies to peace studies. I’d like to share that post here in its entirety as it is definitely something I am ruminating on. First, the “security paradox” that General Dempsey refers to […]