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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.

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?
How Mao Zedong Benefited From the Cuban Missile Crisis
April 08, 2016
How Mao Zedong Benefited From the Cuban Missile Crisis
The Chinese role in Cuba during the Cold War paid dividends domestically for Mao Zedong.
How Mao Zedong Benefited From the Cuban Missile Crisis
Could Koreans Lead a Future Generation of Private Military Firms?
April 06, 2016
Could Koreans Lead a Future Generation of Private Military Firms?
Where would North Korea's soldiers go after a hypothetical reunification on the Korean peninsula?
Could Koreans Lead a Future Generation of Private Military Firms?
Can Washington and New Delhi Find Common Ground on Intellectual Property?
March 26, 2016
Can Washington and New Delhi Find Common Ground on Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property represents a big asymmetric advantage for U.S. economic competitiveness.
Can Washington and New Delhi Find Common Ground on Intellectual Property?
Revisiting Hanoi's Public Diplomacy Efforts During the Vietnam War
March 21, 2016
Revisiting Hanoi's Public Diplomacy Efforts During the Vietnam War
The North Vietnamese government lobbied extensively to rally international support to its cause during the 60s and 70s.
Revisiting Hanoi's Public Diplomacy Efforts During the Vietnam War
Did Obama's 'Red Line' Fib Matter in the End?
March 12, 2016
Did Obama's 'Red Line' Fib Matter in the End?
The importance of credibility in international affairs is often overestimated.
Did Obama's 'Red Line' Fib Matter in the End?
Without Foreign Military Tech, Where Would China's Military Be?
March 08, 2016
Without Foreign Military Tech, Where Would China's Military Be?
The overwhelming majority of Chinese technology depends on systems acquired from foreign producers.
Without Foreign Military Tech, Where Would China's Military Be?
HMAS <em>Canberra</em> to the Rescue in Fiji
February 29, 2016
HMAS Canberra to the Rescue in Fiji
HMAS Canberra highlights Australia's ability to contribute to humanitarian assistance/disaster relief in the Pacific.
HMAS Canberra to the Rescue in Fiji
Did China's Military Drone Technology Espionage Pay Off in the End?
February 19, 2016
Did China's Military Drone Technology Espionage Pay Off in the End?
Just how much information on U.S. military drones did China have to steal for its own designs?
Did China's Military Drone Technology Espionage Pay Off in the End?
It's Time for an American Film Depicting the Chinese Theater of World War II
February 15, 2016
It's Time for an American Film Depicting the Chinese Theater of World War II
Why has Hollywood shied away from films about Sino-U.S. cooperation during the Second World War?
It's Time for an American Film Depicting the Chinese Theater of World War II
Declassified: US Nuclear Weapons at Sea During the Cold War
February 06, 2016
Declassified: US Nuclear Weapons at Sea During the Cold War
Not long ago, the U.S. Navy remained on high-alert for a nuclear engagement at sea.
Declassified: US Nuclear Weapons at Sea During the Cold War
Can the PLA Navy Make the Indian Ocean Chinese?
February 01, 2016
Can the PLA Navy Make the Indian Ocean Chinese?
Does China need to dominate the Indian Ocean in order to have a world-class navy?
Can the PLA Navy Make the Indian Ocean Chinese?
Beijing 'Lost' the Sino-Soviet Split, But That Didn't Matter in the End
January 22, 2016
Beijing 'Lost' the Sino-Soviet Split, But That Didn't Matter in the End
The ideological struggle driving the Sino-Soviet split stopped mattering in the end.
Beijing 'Lost' the Sino-Soviet Split, But That Didn't Matter in the End
A Coming Shift in Vietnamese Military Aviation?
January 16, 2016
A Coming Shift in Vietnamese Military Aviation?
Vietnam's People’s Air Force (VPAF) could begin flying Western fighters. Here's why that matters.
A Coming Shift in Vietnamese Military Aviation?
What If the United States had Used the Bomb in Korea?
January 05, 2016
What If the United States had Used the Bomb in Korea?
Cooler heads prevailed in the end, but nuclear use was a real possibility in the Korean War.
What If the United States had Used the Bomb in Korea?
So You Think You Can Sell a Fourth Generation Carrier-Launched Fighter?
January 04, 2016
So You Think You Can Sell a Fourth Generation Carrier-Launched Fighter?
A big problem for selling carrier-based fighters is that there are simply too few carriers to go around.
So You Think You Can Sell a Fourth Generation Carrier-Launched Fighter?
Tolkachev, Cold War Spycraft, and Modern Risks for China
December 28, 2015
Tolkachev, Cold War Spycraft, and Modern Risks for China
China should be wary of a Tolkachev-esque figure eroding its strategic position vis-a-vis the United States.
Tolkachev, Cold War Spycraft, and Modern Risks for China
Why Post-WWII Reconciliation Failed in East Asia
December 19, 2015
Why Post-WWII Reconciliation Failed in East Asia
The legacy of the war endures, impacting modern regional relations.
Why Post-WWII Reconciliation Failed in East Asia
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