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James R. Holmes
James R. Holmes

He is co-author of Red Star over the Pacific, an Atlantic Monthly Best Foreign Affairs Book for 2010 and a former US Navy surface warfare officer.

The views voiced here are his alone.

Maritime Southeast Asia: A Game of Go?
December 20, 2014
Maritime Southeast Asia: A Game of Go?
How much does the ancient game of Go, or weiqi, reveal about Chinese military strategy?
Maritime Southeast Asia: A Game of Go?
Here's the Thing About Battlecruisers...
December 19, 2014
Here's the Thing About Battlecruisers...
The battlecruiser experiment illustrates the perils of constructing a ship to fight one way and then using it to fight another.
Here's the Thing About Battlecruisers...
Lasers! What Are They Good For?
December 13, 2014
Lasers! What Are They Good For?
Lasers won't solve all the problems facing naval weaponeers, but they'll help address quite a few of them.
Lasers! What Are They Good For?
Strategy Is a Habit
December 11, 2014
Strategy Is a Habit
In training a new generation of strategists, its best worth recalling Aristotle's sage advice: strategy is a habit.
Strategy Is a Habit
Land-Based Coastal Defense Is No Joke
December 06, 2014
Land-Based Coastal Defense Is No Joke
Let's not rush to mock Hagel for citing the War of 1812 as a precedent for contemporary strategy. He has a point.
Land-Based Coastal Defense Is No Joke
Style, Warfare and George Washington
December 03, 2014
Style, Warfare and George Washington
There's reason to be grateful that the outcomes of wars aren't determined by committee.
Style, Warfare and George Washington
How Machiavelli Explains Chuck Hagel's Resignation
November 26, 2014
How Machiavelli Explains Chuck Hagel's Resignation
Scratching your head over Hagel's resignation? Let Niccolò Machiavelli explain!
How Machiavelli Explains Chuck Hagel's Resignation
Clausewitz, Kaplan and the Passionate Realist
November 24, 2014
Clausewitz, Kaplan and the Passionate Realist
Reason guides realism, but passion is indispensable in the execution of policy.
Clausewitz, Kaplan and the Passionate Realist
Fighting Ebola? Read Thucydides
November 22, 2014
Fighting Ebola? Read Thucydides
Thucydides isn't entirely silent on the topic of civilizational encounter with plague.
Fighting Ebola? Read Thucydides
Everything You Know About Clausewitz Is Wrong
November 12, 2014
Everything You Know About Clausewitz Is Wrong
A botched translation of Clausewitz has had an enduring impact on our thinking on warfare.
Everything You Know About Clausewitz Is Wrong
Australia's First Naval Battle
November 10, 2014
Australia's First Naval Battle
"November 9 is when the light cruiser HMAS Sydney met the light cruiser SMS Emden in action in the Indian Ocean."
Australia's First Naval Battle
China Could Still Build 'String of Pearls'
November 08, 2014
China Could Still Build 'String of Pearls'
Just because China hasn't built bases in the Indian Ocean yet, doesn't mean it won't in the future.
China Could Still Build 'String of Pearls'
America’s Newest Destroyer Is Already Outdated
November 07, 2014
America’s Newest Destroyer Is Already Outdated
To be effective, Zumwalt destroyers require command of the sea, which the US can no longer take for granted.
America’s Newest Destroyer Is Already Outdated
How to Reform Naval Education
November 01, 2014
How to Reform Naval Education
Require entry-level officers to learn what they need to know — while also allowing them to indulge their interests.
How to Reform Naval Education
Relearning Anti-Submarine Warfare
October 30, 2014
Relearning Anti-Submarine Warfare
The U.S. Navy's post-Cold War holiday from history is drawing to a close—if it hasn’t expired already.
Relearning Anti-Submarine Warfare
Relax, China's Aircraft Carrier Is Fine
October 25, 2014
Relax, China's Aircraft Carrier Is Fine
Reports of Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning’s death are greatly exaggerated.
Relax, China's Aircraft Carrier Is Fine
How Seapower Can Win Hearts and Minds
October 22, 2014
How Seapower Can Win Hearts and Minds
Like American politicians, the U.S. Navy needs to woo the American electorate to retain public support.
How Seapower Can Win Hearts and Minds
The US Can't Outsource Warfighting
October 17, 2014
The US Can't Outsource Warfighting
Offshore powers have long tried to get continental powers to fight their wars. It's rarely worked.
The US Can't Outsource Warfighting
US Turns A2/AD Guns on China?
October 16, 2014
US Turns A2/AD Guns on China?
Implements of land-based access denial are available. The US should seize it.
US Turns A2/AD Guns on China?
China's Navy Is Already Challenging the US in Asia
October 16, 2014
China's Navy Is Already Challenging the US in Asia
The PLA already contests maritime Asia with the United States.
China's Navy Is Already Challenging the US in Asia
'Shock and Awe' the Islamic State
October 11, 2014
'Shock and Awe' the Islamic State
The air campaign against the Islamic State needs to concentrate firepower in time.
'Shock and Awe' the Islamic State
What Air Power Can and Cannot Accomplish
October 07, 2014
What Air Power Can and Cannot Accomplish
The war against ISIS can't be won from the air, but air forces can keep IS from winning.
What Air Power Can and Cannot Accomplish
Aerial Refueling: Air Power's Kryptonite
October 03, 2014
Aerial Refueling: Air Power's Kryptonite
For A2/AD against the U.S. Air Force, all the PLA has to do is attack its tanker aircraft.
Aerial Refueling: Air Power's Kryptonite
3 Lessons From Saratoga
September 26, 2014
3 Lessons From Saratoga
The Naval Diplomat's guide to the Battle of Saratoga.
3 Lessons From Saratoga
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