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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.

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?
Was the Sino-Soviet Split Borne of Ideology or Geostrategic Consideration?
March 06, 2017
Was the Sino-Soviet Split Borne of Ideology or Geostrategic Consideration?
Scholars have long debated the true motivations behind the Sino-Soviet split.
Was the Sino-Soviet Split Borne of Ideology or Geostrategic Consideration?
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?
What's All the Buzz About Missile Defense, Anyway?
January 26, 2017
What's All the Buzz About Missile Defense, Anyway?
The political landscape for missile defense will likely shift under the Trump administration. How will that play out?
What's All the Buzz About Missile Defense, Anyway?
A US Navy Blockade in the South China Sea Is Not Sound Strategy
January 26, 2017
A US Navy Blockade in the South China Sea Is Not Sound Strategy
Rex Tillerson's South China Sea comments just don't make strategic sense.
A US Navy Blockade in the South China Sea Is Not Sound Strategy
How Does Industrial Espionage Affect Economic Growth?
January 15, 2017
How Does Industrial Espionage Affect Economic Growth?
A new economic paper argues that industrial espionage works.
How Does Industrial Espionage Affect Economic Growth?
Why Vietnam Has Turned Its Strategic Attention to the Sea
January 08, 2017
Why Vietnam Has Turned Its Strategic Attention to the Sea
Vietnam's strategic turn toward the South China Sea presents a series of challenges for the country's defense planners.
Why Vietnam Has Turned Its Strategic Attention to the Sea
'Optionality' and the Future of US Defense Procurement
January 05, 2017
'Optionality' and the Future of US Defense Procurement
“Optionality” may someday become one of the buzzwords that we simultaneously bemoan and find useful.
'Optionality' and the Future of US Defense Procurement
Is This What the Pentagon's 'Third Offset' Has Been Missing All Along?
December 30, 2016
Is This What the Pentagon's 'Third Offset' Has Been Missing All Along?
Have changes to the U.S. industrial and technological sector posed new challenges for defense procurement?
Is This What the Pentagon's 'Third Offset' Has Been Missing All Along?
Just How Wide-Reaching Are China's Economic Espionage Efforts?
December 13, 2016
Just How Wide-Reaching Are China's Economic Espionage Efforts?
Chinese economic espionage was never limited to just the United States or just one industry.
Just How Wide-Reaching Are China's Economic Espionage Efforts?
Imperial Japan's Southeast Asia Offensive in Retrospective
December 13, 2016
Imperial Japan's Southeast Asia Offensive in Retrospective
Imperial Japan's Southeast Asia campaign is among the most successful series of military operations ever conducted.
Imperial Japan's Southeast Asia Offensive in Retrospective
Lessons in Military Cooperation From Indian Ocean Counter-Piracy Ops
December 03, 2016
Lessons in Military Cooperation From Indian Ocean Counter-Piracy Ops
What can the lessons of naval cooperation in countering piracy off Somalia teach us?
Lessons in Military Cooperation From Indian Ocean Counter-Piracy Ops
With TPP's Demise, What Happens to US Intellectual Property Rights Abroad?
November 30, 2016
With TPP's Demise, What Happens to US Intellectual Property Rights Abroad?
With TPP set to wither away, U.S. corporations will have to recalculate on intellectual property protections abroad.
With TPP's Demise, What Happens to US Intellectual Property Rights Abroad?
A US Navy With 350 Ships... But What For?
November 22, 2016
A US Navy With 350 Ships... But What For?
What would the United States use 350 ships for if not its obligations to global order?
A US Navy With 350 Ships... But What For?
Imagining the American Foreign Service Under Donald Trump
November 11, 2016
Imagining the American Foreign Service Under Donald Trump
How will the professional U.S. diplomatic corps handle a Trump presidency?
Imagining the American Foreign Service Under Donald Trump
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