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Why China Can’t Rise Quietly
January 02, 2014
Why China Can’t Rise Quietly
China wants to achieve its goals short of war while reaping the propaganda harvest it would get from war.
Why China Can’t Rise Quietly
3 Ways Mao Shaped Naval Warfare
December 27, 2013
3 Ways Mao Shaped Naval Warfare
While PLAN officers might not quote Mao anymore, their strategy bears his mark.
3 Ways Mao Shaped Naval Warfare
Sea Power: The Battle for Innovation
December 26, 2013
Sea Power: The Battle for Innovation
Stasis is the enemy of competitive enterprises like sea power. But how to cultivate innovation?
Sea Power: The Battle for Innovation
Who is Air Power’s Alfred Thayer Mahan?
December 24, 2013
Who is Air Power’s Alfred Thayer Mahan?
Air Power is unique in not having a grand theorist on par with Clausewitz or Mahan.
Who is Air Power’s Alfred Thayer Mahan?
How the US Lost the South China Sea Standoff
December 19, 2013
How the US Lost the South China Sea Standoff
China won the Cowpens/Liaoning encounter in the South China Sea. What lessons should the US draw?
How the US Lost the South China Sea Standoff
How to Measure an Aircraft Carrier’s Worth
December 17, 2013
How to Measure an Aircraft Carrier’s Worth
If aircraft carriers aren’t used in battle it’s hard to justify their enormous price tag.
How to Measure an Aircraft Carrier’s Worth
USS Cowpens and China’s First-Mover Advantage
December 14, 2013
USS Cowpens and China’s First-Mover Advantage
The main threat to maritime Asia today is not miscalculation. It’s Beijing’s carefully calculated policies.
USS Cowpens and China’s First-Mover Advantage
Twilight of the Aircraft Carrier?
December 13, 2013
Twilight of the Aircraft Carrier?
Past fears that carriers were vulnerable to new technologies weren’t proven right… nor were they proven wrong.
Twilight of the Aircraft Carrier?
Preserving History and The Long Peace
December 10, 2013
Preserving History and The Long Peace
War and peace are too complex to attribute to generational change alone. Still, preserving history can’t hurt.
Preserving History and The Long Peace
Flexible Response: The Key to Victory
December 10, 2013
Flexible Response: The Key to Victory
The capacity to adapt will prove crucial if the U.S. wants to compete effectively with the China and Irans of the world.
Flexible Response: The Key to Victory
Reality Check: US Naval Primacy Is Not Guaranteed
December 05, 2013
Reality Check: US Naval Primacy Is Not Guaranteed
If the U.S. Navy wants to continue controlling the seas, it may have to fight.
Reality Check: US Naval Primacy Is Not Guaranteed
China’s Hubris on the High Seas
December 02, 2013
China’s Hubris on the High Seas
Despite all the hype, the PLA Navy’s achievements remain relatively modest.
China’s Hubris on the High Seas
Interservice Harmony and Australia’s Near Abroad
November 25, 2013
Interservice Harmony and Australia’s Near Abroad
Canberra’s middle status simplifies life for Australia’s military in many ways. The US should take note.
Interservice Harmony and Australia’s Near Abroad
America’s Undersea Advantage is Eroding
November 23, 2013
America’s Undersea Advantage is Eroding
With the U.S. Navy’s diminishing submarines and outdated armaments, the undersea balance in Asia is changing.
America’s Undersea Advantage is Eroding
Not All Conflict Is Irrational
November 19, 2013
Not All Conflict Is Irrational
Were states to get into a tussle over the Arctic someday, they wouldn’t necessarily be irrational.
Not All Conflict Is Irrational
How to Do Soft Power Right
November 16, 2013
How to Do Soft Power Right
Relief efforts don’t have to be completely altruistic, but interests shouldn’t dictate action.
How to Do Soft Power Right
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