National Security

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…


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…



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…




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


This Day In History – Operation Just Cause – 20 December 1989

Govern, Officer Professional Development – Operation Just Cause (Enhanced Graphics) – PDF OPD – justcauseliberygraphics-enhanced v3 And See Yates, The U.S. Military Intervention in Panama https://history.army.mil/html/books/just_cause/CMH_55-1-1_Just_%20Cause_opt.pdf And See Govern, Sorting the Wolves From The Sheep http://www.wood.army.mil/engrmag/pdfs/Oct%2004%20pdfs/Govern.pdf