Religion, Legitimacy and Politics – Musings of a Maverick on Military Legitimacy – 14 April 2018

 http://www.religionlegitimacyandpolitics.com/2018/04/musings-of-maverick-on-military.html?m=1 Saturday, April 14, 2018 Musings of a Maverick on Military Legitimacy  By Rudy Barnes, Jr. Does might make right?  It did in World War II, but since then U.S. military interventions have more often been wrong than right.  Military legitimacy is about might being right, and when public support…

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MWI – Who Says Cyber Warriors Need to Wear a Uniform? – 23 March 2018

https://mwi.usma.edu/says-cyber-warriors-need-wear-uniform/ There is no question the cyber skillset is increasingly in demand for the Department of Defense. Cyberspace has been acknowledged as an independent warfare domain in US doctrine, and NATO has followed suit. Cyber attacks on US systems are steadily ascending, and the need for investment in systems, infrastructure,…



CNN – Air Force Academy leader: Why diversity? – 14 February 2018

Air Force Academy leader: Why diversity? By Jay Silveria Updated 7:52 AM ET, Wed February 14, 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mao6e03s0w0 https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/14/opinions/air-force-academy-superintendent-why-diversity-opinion-silveria/index.html Source: Youtube/USAFAOfficial Air Force Academy head to racists: ‘Get out’ 05:20 Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria is the superintendent of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The opinions expressed…


Defense One – The US Is Drifting Toward War With a NATO Ally – 14 February 2018

http://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2018/02/us-drifting-toward-war-nato-ally/145979/ Putin’s unchecked courtship of Erdoğan increases the risks associated with any military response to Assad’s war crimes, continued Turkish aggression, or Iranian entrenchment in Syria. The U.S. and NATO should take Turkey to task for any actions that are detrimental to NATO’s mutual defense goals.  Concurrently, Turkey must be…


NYT – The Post-Literate President’s Daily Brief – 9 February 2018

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/breaking-with-tradition-trump-skips-presidents-written-intelligence-report-for-oral-briefings/2018/02/09/b7ba569e-0c52-11e8-95a5-c396801049ef_story.html?utm_term=.46f981c0f282 For much of the past year, President Trump has declined to participate in a practice followed by the past seven of his predecessors: He rarely if ever reads the President’s Daily Brief, a document that lays out the most pressing information collected by U.S. intelligence agencies from hot spots…


Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law 2018 Summer Internship Program – 7 February 2018

The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law (CERL) at the University of Pennsylvania is accepting applications for the Center’s 2018 Summer Internship Program. CERL is a non-partisan interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the rule of law in twenty-first century warfare and national security. CERL…


2018 Nuclear Posture Review – 2 February 2018

  https://admin.govexec.com/media/gbc/docs/pdfs_edit/2018_nuclear_posture_review_-_final_report.pdf   President Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review released Friday shows greater willingness to use nukes first, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. The document said the U.S. will develop for deployment a “low-yield” nuclear warhead for submarine-launched ballistic missiles. It also shows the U.S. plans to “strengthen the…


CERL – Turkey’s Eastern Pivot: A Challenge for NATO and a Threat to US National Security – 22 January 2018

https://www.law.upenn.edu/live/files/7539-turkey-nato-1192018 CERL is pleased to present its most recent briefing paper, “Turkey’s Eastern Pivot: A Challenge for NATO and a Threat to US National Security”. This latest effort further develops CERL’s work discussing threats to democratic governance in light of Russia’s attempts to interfere with elections in democratic nations around…