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To stay current with debates impacting your Air Force, consider reading a few well researched, well written web publications. You won't always agree with the position taken by the author, and that is a good thing. Use opposing arguments to inform your understanding—or better yet, draft a considered response to share your expertise on the subject. The feeds below from The Bridge, War on the Rocks War is Boring and Breaking Defense are all well rounded and present multiple sides of issues in a responsible tone.
War is Boring
A Tsunami Devastated Japan’s Souped-Up F-16s
In the 1980s, Japan phased in its first domestic jet fighter to enter operational service — the Mitsubishi F-1. Tokyo wan...
Turks Dislike America
In early 2018, the editor of the ultra-nationalist pro-government Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak unequivocally called the U...
Comandos Sin Fronteras
A principios de junio de 2018, en un pequeño puesto militar cerca de la ciudad en ruinas de Jamaame, en Somalia, empezaro...
‘Being Friendly to One Another’
Secretary of Defense James Mattis was recently honored with a Distinguished Service Award by The Center for the National ...
The Pentagon’s Contracting Gurus Mismanaged Their Own Contracts
The Pentagon’s contracting gurus repeatedly made massive, preventable mistakes while managing contracts for a critical so...
‘Sorry to Bother You’ Is Boldly Anti-Imperialistic
Sorry to Bother You, an explicitly left-wing surrealist satire written, directed and produced by Oakland-based rapper Boo...
American Weapons Cause Chaos All Over the World
American weapons makers have dominated the global arms trade for decades. In any given year, they’ve accounted for somewh...
The Fictional Nuke Film That Won the Oscar for Best Documentary
This story originally appeared on May 29, 2015. It’s a little after 2:00 p.m. in Kent — an English county east of London ...
The Forgotten Tale of How Allied Bombers Chased a German Sub to Its Doom
In June 2018, Spanish media reported that divers Anxi González Roca and Eduardo Losada and naval historian Yago Abilleira...
The U.S. Navy Is Re-Arming for Surface Warfare
In 2016 the U.S. Navy possessed just one surface-launched anti-ship missile type — Boeing’s Harpoon, a munition that firs...
Great Strategic Rivalries: The Return of Geopolitics
One cannot go far wrong by employing Thucydides as a foundation for any model, as General George Marshall reminded us. ...
Corbett’s Relevance to the Modern Strategic Thinker
Although some have asked for renewed interpretation and analysis of the meaning of sea power, maritime strategy, and na...
#Reviewing Oceans Ventured
Secretary Lehman, awaiting the declassification of several key Cold War documents, recently published Oceans Ventured, ...
The Imperative of Waging Techno-Strategic War: Looking Back at #TechnologyInnovation
These essays represent ongoing efforts at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Defense Analysis Department to investigate op...
Resistance to Innovation in NATO
Innovative technologies face the dilemma of military leaders who are uncertain of their possible benefits versus their ...
A Marketplace for Multidomain Innovation
Experimentation resources are hard to find as they are widely and obscurely scattered throughout the Department of Defe...
Untangling the Government's Innovation Architecture
This analysis does not seek to prove that any specific organization is superior to the other, rather it provides an ini...
Technology Innovation Is Great, But Strategy Is Better
What’s missing is a strategy that accounts for latent and emerging technology-enabled threats and matches them with pri...
Introducing #TechnologyInnovation: A Strategy Bridge Series
The U.S. military has enjoyed a comfortable lead in the race for new battlefield technology since the end of World War ...
#Reviewing Strategy Strikes Back
Even without a lifelong appreciation for all things Star Wars, anyone with a basic understanding of the movies and thei...
War on the Rocks
The Air Force Chief Responds: Keep Writing, Col. ‘Ned Stark,’ and Join My Team
I have read with increasing interest three articles that appeared under the pen name “Colonel Ned Stark” suggesting majo...
Danger Close: Military Politicization and Elite Credibility
Speaking at a National Guard leadership conference in 2011, then-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Demps...
The Blame Game: Building Justice for Chemical Weapons Use
Few people in the United States remember the worst terrorist attack in Japanese history. On March 20, 1995, Aum Shinriky...
Takeaways from Venezuela’s Long Descent
This month’s highly publicized drone attack on President Nicolas Maduro is but the latest manifestation of the crisis gr...
The Perils of Playing Footsie in Military Boots: Trident Juncture and NATO’s Nordic Front
This October, 40,000 U.S. and allied troops will converge on the sea and in the air over Norway for a NATO exercise name...
If You Want More Defense Innovation, Spend Less on Legacy Platforms
An important effort, led by the Senate Armed Services Committee, to address an alarming shortfall in defense research an...
McRaven’s Rousing Protest: Are Civil-Military and Democratic Norms in Tension?
President Donald Trump withdrawing the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan has set off a cascade of f...
The August War, Ten Years On: A Retrospective on the Russo-Georgian War
The Russo-Georgian War, the August War, or for some simply the “five-day war,” was an important departure point in U.S.-...
The Sailor Who Fought the Marine Corps and Won
Few military organizations have completely changed their roles and missions on a dime and survived the transition. The U...
U.S. Intelligence Should Embrace Sasse’s Cyber Solarium Commission
Busy officials in the Defense Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence could be forgiven for r...
Heroism on Robert’s Ridge: Trump Awards Second Medal Of Honor
This week the White House will issue its second Medal of Honor in recent months for extreme valor in the Battle for Ro...
Flake Amendments to NDAA Would Cut LCS Buy, Limit Trump Parade
Sen. Jeff Flake filed two significant amendments to the 2019 NDAA Tuesday afternoon, attempting to strip one Littoral ...
Top Army Buyer Warns Industry To Guard Its IP Until New Policy
“Does that mean you can’t talk to us? No,” Assistant Secretary Bruce Jette said. “What it means is, if you have secret...
Mattis’ Team Moves In, Promising Reforms
A slew of new civilian officials are settling in at the Pentagon, adding muscle to promises of change in how the milit...
Army Takes Its Radio Network Commercial
It’s all part of a wider effort to rebuild the Army’s command, control, and communications (C3) networks for war again...
US, Israeli Special Forces Test Innovative Ground Vehicle
The CH-53 landed in complete dark 10 miles from the target, a terrorist stronghold somewhere in the Middle East. The b...
Army Wants 70 Self-Driving Supply Trucks By 2020
The Army is ready for unmanned vehicles but not yet for a completely unmanned convoy. The 2020 iteration is called Exp...
China ‘Likely’ Training Bomber Pilots To Hit US, Allied Targets
Flying out past the first island chain, China’s air force is undergoing “the most comprehensive restructure in its his...
Adversaries Could Have Fiddled With US Satellites: DoD IG
WASHINGTON: If Chinese and Russian spies have been doing their jobs well, they might well have been able to compromise...
Space Mystery: Are Russian Doll Sats a Threat?
The State Department and Pentagon are expressing concern over new Russian and Chinese activities in space, while the W...