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Robert Farley

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.

A Raider and His 'Little Buddy': Which Fighter Will Accompany the USAF's B-21?
September 24, 2016
A Raider and His 'Little Buddy': Which Fighter Will Accompany the USAF's B-21?
The B-21 has a name, but what it doesn't have is a fighter to accompany it on long-range strike missions.
A Raider and His 'Little Buddy': Which Fighter Will Accompany the USAF's B-21?
Is the 'Rules Based Order' Worth Keeping Up?
September 15, 2016
Is the 'Rules Based Order' Worth Keeping Up?
How large are the stakes for the United States in sustaining the current global order?
Is the 'Rules Based Order' Worth Keeping Up?
How the Rules-Based Order <em>Really</em> Works in Asia
September 12, 2016
How the Rules-Based Order Really Works in Asia
Successful cooperation against common challenges requires regional inclusion.
How the Rules-Based Order Really Works in Asia
How Flexible Are US Counter-A2/AD Systems Anyway?
September 01, 2016
How Flexible Are US Counter-A2/AD Systems Anyway?
Let's think about some of the procurement options available to Washington.
How Flexible Are US Counter-A2/AD Systems Anyway?
Don't Be Too Sure About a Stalemated US-China Military Balance
August 29, 2016
Don't Be Too Sure About a Stalemated US-China Military Balance
There are reasons to believe that the United States will maintain a qualitative technological edge.
Don't Be Too Sure About a Stalemated US-China Military Balance
Are the United States and China Condemned to a Military Stalemate?
August 25, 2016
Are the United States and China Condemned to a Military Stalemate?
A new article posits a technology-heavy analysis of the future of the U.S.-China military balance.
Are the United States and China Condemned to a Military Stalemate?
How US Aerial Bombing During the Vietnam War Backfired
August 11, 2016
How US Aerial Bombing During the Vietnam War Backfired
U.S. aerial bombs did little to further overall strategic objectives.
How US Aerial Bombing During the Vietnam War Backfired
Revealed: Chiang Kai-shek's Secret Overtures to the Soviet Union
August 04, 2016
Revealed: Chiang Kai-shek's Secret Overtures to the Soviet Union
Taipei and Moscow kept their relationship quiet for the duration of the Cold War.
Revealed: Chiang Kai-shek's Secret Overtures to the Soviet Union
The Strategic Lessons of 1944's Battle of the Philippine Sea
August 01, 2016
The Strategic Lessons of 1944's Battle of the Philippine Sea
1944’s Battle of Philippine Sea holds some interesting lessons for how we think about military power.
The Strategic Lessons of 1944's Battle of the Philippine Sea
Major League Baseball: Meet Japan's All-Time "Hit King"
July 25, 2016
Major League Baseball: Meet Japan's All-Time "Hit King"
Ichiro Suzuki fully deserves his place in the firmament of baseball stars.
Major League Baseball: Meet Japan's All-Time "Hit King"
Could It Make Sense for India to Opt for a Russian Nuclear Aircraft Carrier?
July 18, 2016
Could It Make Sense for India to Opt for a Russian Nuclear Aircraft Carrier?
India can keep an open mind, but the Russian carrier option probably won't be attractive.
Could It Make Sense for India to Opt for a Russian Nuclear Aircraft Carrier?
Israel's Interests in a Closer Relationship With India
July 11, 2016
Israel's Interests in a Closer Relationship With India
What does Israel have to gain from closer ties with New Delhi?
Israel's Interests in a Closer Relationship With India
South Korea's Shipbuilding Crisis
June 29, 2016
South Korea's Shipbuilding Crisis
Can the South Korean state arrest what looks to be an imminent crisis in the shipbuilding industry?
South Korea's Shipbuilding Crisis
A Strange Cold War Partnership: North Korea and Guyana
June 28, 2016
A Strange Cold War Partnership: North Korea and Guyana
What did North Korea and Guyana want of each other during the height of the Cold War?
A Strange Cold War Partnership: North Korea and Guyana
The US Congress Just Lost a Big Asia Defense Wonk. That's a Shame
June 16, 2016
The US Congress Just Lost a Big Asia Defense Wonk. That's a Shame
Rep. Randy Forbes lost his congressional seat, depriving the U.S. House of Representatives of a defense stalwart.
The US Congress Just Lost a Big Asia Defense Wonk. That's a Shame
Why the Mormon Church Benefits from Good US-China Ties
June 14, 2016
Why the Mormon Church Benefits from Good US-China Ties
The Mormon church's success in Asia has largely coincided with the ebbs and flows of U.S. power in the region.
Why the Mormon Church Benefits from Good US-China Ties
Leveraging the Amphibious Advantage in the Asia Pacific
June 03, 2016
Leveraging the Amphibious Advantage in the Asia Pacific
Will amphibious platforms make a difference in the Asia-Pacific?
Leveraging the Amphibious Advantage in the Asia Pacific
With Arms Embargo Lifted, What's On Vietnam's Shopping List?
May 27, 2016
With Arms Embargo Lifted, What's On Vietnam's Shopping List?
With the arms embargo finally lifted, what might Vietnam look to purchase?
With Arms Embargo Lifted, What's On Vietnam's Shopping List?
China's Military May Almost Have 3000 Aircraft, But What About Everyone Else?
May 20, 2016
China's Military May Almost Have 3000 Aircraft, But What About Everyone Else?
Raw numbers tell part of the story of national air power.
China's Military May Almost Have 3000 Aircraft, But What About Everyone Else?
China's Military Has Nearly 3000 Aircraft. Here's Why That Matters
May 17, 2016
China's Military Has Nearly 3000 Aircraft. Here's Why That Matters
The 2016 Defense Department report on Chinese military strength says China may have 3,000 military aircraft.
China's Military Has Nearly 3000 Aircraft. Here's Why That Matters
The Big Nuking of 1959: How the US Would Have Nuked East Asia
May 06, 2016
The Big Nuking of 1959: How the US Would Have Nuked East Asia
A recently declassified nuclear target list shows how the U.S. planned to use its nuclear weapons in the late-1950s.
The Big Nuking of 1959: How the US Would Have Nuked East Asia
Is it Obvious Why India Cares About Nuclear Weapons?
April 29, 2016
Is it Obvious Why India Cares About Nuclear Weapons?
Was India looking for prestige? Was it looking for security? What about both?
Is it Obvious Why India Cares About Nuclear Weapons?
Could Restarting F-22 Raptor Production Ever Be a Good Idea?
April 26, 2016
Could Restarting F-22 Raptor Production Ever Be a Good Idea?
Is there a good reason to restart production of the F-22? Without export prospects, maybe not.
Could Restarting F-22 Raptor Production Ever Be a Good Idea?
Do the Obama Administration and PACOM Disagree on the South China Sea?
April 20, 2016
Do the Obama Administration and PACOM Disagree on the South China Sea?
And does it really matter if they do?
Do the Obama Administration and PACOM Disagree on the South China Sea?
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