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Robert Farley

Robert Farley is a senior lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.

His work includes military doctrine, national security, and maritime affairs.

He is author of The Battleship Book.

He blogs at Lawyers, Guns and Money and Information Dissemination, and can be found on twitter at @drfarls.

Be Honest About the B-21: When Strategic Bombing Works and When It Doesn't
July 20, 2017
Be Honest About the B-21: When Strategic Bombing Works and When It Doesn't
Supporting the B-21 Raider means looking back critically at previous strategic bombing failures.
Be Honest About the B-21: When Strategic Bombing Works and When It Doesn't
Securing US Bases in the Pacific: A New Era of Instability?
July 11, 2017
Securing US Bases in the Pacific: A New Era of Instability?
The United States and China may be entering a new era of instability in the Pacific.
Securing US Bases in the Pacific: A New Era of Instability?
Economic Statecraft and Managing Superpowers: How China Did It
June 30, 2017
Economic Statecraft and Managing Superpowers: How China Did It
Echoes of Cold War-era economic statecraft remain part of China's overall foreign policy.
Economic Statecraft and Managing Superpowers: How China Did It
The Indian Navy Sets Up to Lead on Humanitarian Assistance in the Indian Ocean
June 25, 2017
The Indian Navy Sets Up to Lead on Humanitarian Assistance in the Indian Ocean
Will there be a “peace race” for influence in the Indian Ocean?
The Indian Navy Sets Up to Lead on Humanitarian Assistance in the Indian Ocean
Is the Focus on FONOPs Muddying Strategic Discourse on the South China Sea?
June 17, 2017
Is the Focus on FONOPs Muddying Strategic Discourse on the South China Sea?
It is proving extremely difficult for Washington to convince Beijing of its seriousness in the South China Sea.
Is the Focus on FONOPs Muddying Strategic Discourse on the South China Sea?
Why the Battle of Midway Hasn't Captured Popular Culture
June 10, 2017
Why the Battle of Midway Hasn't Captured Popular Culture
As remarkable as the U.S. victory at Midway was, it has received little attention in popular culture.
Why the Battle of Midway Hasn't Captured Popular Culture
The Big Lesson From the US Victory at the Battle of Midway, 75 Years Later
June 09, 2017
The Big Lesson From the US Victory at the Battle of Midway, 75 Years Later
Winning organizations take pains to maintain their flexibility in the face of technological and strategic changes.
The Big Lesson From the US Victory at the Battle of Midway, 75 Years Later
Different Fleets for Different Strategies: Imaging the Future of the US Navy (Part Two)
May 25, 2017
Different Fleets for Different Strategies: Imaging the Future of the US Navy (Part Two)
Predictions are hard; especially about the future.
Different Fleets for Different Strategies: Imaging the Future of the US Navy (Part Two)
Different Fleets for Different Strategies: Imaging the Future of the US Navy (Part One)
May 23, 2017
Different Fleets for Different Strategies: Imaging the Future of the US Navy (Part One)
What kinds of future fleets are available to the U.S. Navy?
Different Fleets for Different Strategies: Imaging the Future of the US Navy (Part One)
The Pacific War Origins of US Special Operations Forces
May 15, 2017
The Pacific War Origins of US Special Operations Forces
The full flowering of special operations forces wouldn’t come until after Vietnam.
The Pacific War Origins of US Special Operations Forces
China's Aircraft Carriers and Nuclear Bastion Defense
May 11, 2017
China's Aircraft Carriers and Nuclear Bastion Defense
The Chinese Navy's first-generation carriers may find suitable missions yet as the carrier force grows and evolves.
China's Aircraft Carriers and Nuclear Bastion Defense
What Does China's New Aircraft Carrier Mean for the <em>Liaoning</em>?
May 01, 2017
What Does China's New Aircraft Carrier Mean for the Liaoning?
China seems to be taking the same careful approach to its carrier program as Japan took during the interwar period.
What Does China's New Aircraft Carrier Mean for the Liaoning?
Resolved: North Korea Needs More Resolve
April 20, 2017
Resolved: North Korea Needs More Resolve
The politics of credibility are complex and ephemeral.
Resolved: North Korea Needs More Resolve
Will HMS <em>Ocean</em> Find a Buyer in Asia?
April 14, 2017
Will HMS Ocean Find a Buyer in Asia?
Could HMS Ocean find its next steward in the Asia-Pacific?
Will HMS Ocean Find a Buyer in Asia?
Will Chinese Dominance of the South China Sea Necessarily Lead to Shipping Disruption?
April 09, 2017
Will Chinese Dominance of the South China Sea Necessarily Lead to Shipping Disruption?
Why commentators may be overstating the risk to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.
Will Chinese Dominance of the South China Sea Necessarily Lead to Shipping Disruption?
Does It Make Sense to Think About Naval Power in 15 to 30 Year Cycles?
April 05, 2017
Does It Make Sense to Think About Naval Power in 15 to 30 Year Cycles?
Technological cycles can render a just-modernized army obsolete.
Does It Make Sense to Think About Naval Power in 15 to 30 Year Cycles?
Asia and the World Baseball Classic
March 24, 2017
Asia and the World Baseball Classic
WBC increases the popularity of baseball in Asia and helps ensure a base of fans and players for the future.
Asia and the World Baseball Classic
Will a New Washington Naval Treaty Stop the South China Sea Arms Race?
March 23, 2017
Will a New Washington Naval Treaty Stop the South China Sea Arms Race?
A contemporary take on the Washington Naval Treaty system has limitations in the South China Sea.
Will a New Washington Naval Treaty Stop the South China Sea Arms Race?
'Left-of-Launch' Cyber Efforts Against North Korea: A Good Idea?
March 08, 2017
'Left-of-Launch' Cyber Efforts Against North Korea: A Good Idea?
A sudden sense of vulnerability has the potential to make anyone paranoid and unpredictable.
'Left-of-Launch' Cyber Efforts Against North Korea: A Good Idea?
Integrating the Army Into the US Approach to the Pacific
March 02, 2017
Integrating the Army Into the US Approach to the Pacific
Preparing for multi-domain battle in the Pacific will be necessary for the United States.
Integrating the Army Into the US Approach to the Pacific
How Will Trump Handle Intellectual Property Disputes With China?
February 21, 2017
How Will Trump Handle Intellectual Property Disputes With China?
The Trump administration will face unique challenges in reining in intellectual property abuses by China.
How Will Trump Handle Intellectual Property Disputes With China?
How the US Can Optimize Its Maritime Partnership Programs in Asia
February 10, 2017
How the US Can Optimize Its Maritime Partnership Programs in Asia
A recent simulation offers insight for U.S. practice.
How the US Can Optimize Its Maritime Partnership Programs in Asia
Room for Maneuver in Australia's Naval Aviation Plans?
February 08, 2017
Room for Maneuver in Australia's Naval Aviation Plans?
Australia's longstanding procurement plans may merit reconsideration.
Room for Maneuver in Australia's Naval Aviation Plans?
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