Notable Websites and Blogs


21 – 26 November 2018 – White House approves use of force, some law enforcement roles for border troops

  https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2018/11/21/white-house-approves-use-of-force-some-law-enforcement-roles-for-border-troops/ and see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gej9FfbSAi4 Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3121.01B, Standing Rules of Engagement (SROE)/Standing Rules for the Use of Force (SRUF) for U.S. Forces, dated 13 June 2005 are the result of a review and revision of the previous 2000 and 1994 editions. They provide…


FPRI – Disproportionate Force in Gaza? Context Matters – 23 May 2018

https://www.fpri.org/article/2018/05/disproportionate-force-in-gaza-context-matters/ If open-fire orders were violated, then those responsible must be addressed accordingly. In the same spirit that Hamas must respond to those residents it sent to the fence, the IDF must ask itself whether the response was proportional or if alternative measures (non-lethal) could have been implemented before open-fire…


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,…


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…


War on the Rocks – ARE CYBER WEAPONS TOO DANGEROUS TO USE? – 22 August 2017

https://warontherocks.com/2017/08/are-cyber-weapons-too-dangerous-to-use/ The upshot is that it is possible for states to go on the offensive in cyberspace without undermining cybersecurity. Unlike ice-nine, the tools the United States creates to fight in this realm do not appear, at least so far, to be uncontrollable. There may be good reasons to eschew…


War on the Rocks – U.S. CYBER COMMAND NOW STANDS TALLER, BUT CAN IT SEE FURTHER? – 21 August 2017

https://warontherocks.com/2017/08/u-s-cyber-command-now-stands-taller-but-can-it-see-further/ The many internal studies of Cyber Command’s future over the last five years have taken significant energy. Now that the decision is finally made, the focus will turn to implementation — with dozens of practical questions for the department to answer in the next one to five years. What…


War on the Rocks – MULTI-DOMAIN BATTLE: TONIGHT, TOMORROW, AND THE FUTURE FIGHT – 18 August 2017

https://warontherocks.com/2017/08/multi-domain-battle-tonight-tomorrow-and-the-future-fight/ People like to talk about how the future of warfare will be different, but it has already started to arrive. For some years now, the beginnings of major shifts in the character of warfare have been visible in places like eastern Ukraine and the Middle East. Across these battlefields,…