Book Review / Commentary on The Road Not Taken – Musings of an old Special Ops JAG on Military Legitimacy – 15 January 2018

Musings of an old Special Ops JAG on Military Legitimacy By Rudy Barnes, Jr.             Max Boot has published a new book, The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam. MG Lansdale, who miscast by Graham Greene as The Quiet American, was an inspiration to me…

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War on the Rocks – Assorted Articles – 15 January 2018

War on the Rocks:  A platform for analysis, commentary, debate and multimedia content on foreign policy and national security issues through a realist lens. 1/15 Daily Update An Unconventional Proposal to Bringing the OA-X To Life by William Miller The False Dawn of International Law: Revisiting the Doomed Kellogg-Briand Pact by Seva…



The Week – 5 National Security Challenges America Faces in 2018 – 2 January 2018

DAVID FURST/AFP/Getty Images http://theweek.com/articles/745311/5-national-security-challenges-america-faces-2018 Harry J. Kazianis is director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, founded by former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon. In 2018, we will see a world trying to navigate around a series of potential powder kegs — some armed with a nuclear…




RAND – Deterring Space War An Exploratory Analysis Incorporating Prospect Theory into a Game Theoretic Model of Space Warfare – 21 December 2017

This dissertation uses a game theoretic model of space war to examine how sentiments in multiple dimensions impact state decisions regarding whether to expand a ground war into the space domain. https://www.rand.org/pubs/rgs_dissertations/RGSD400.html https://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/rgs_dissertations/RGSD400/RGSD400/RAND_RGSD400.pdf



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New York Times – A Tillerson Slip Offers a Peek Into Secret Planning on North Korea -17 December 2017

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/17/us/politics/tillerson-north-korea-china.html This is a breathtaking public acknowledgement by a senior US Government official, notwithstanding OCT 2017 reportage that: North Korean hackers were reportedly able to obtain a copy of the U.S. military’s OPLAN 5015. This is a detailed outline for what has been described as a “decapitation strike,” that would,…


9-10 November 2017 – UPenn CERL Navigating Law and Ethics at the Crossroads of Journalism and National Security

  Navigating Law and Ethics at the Crossroads of Journalism and National Security  Co-hosted by CERL and the Annenberg School for Communication, the roundtable conference will convene academics, analysts, and practitioners from fields as diverse as law, journalism, media, public policy, philosophy, national security, and others to explore some of…