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Robert Farley

Robert Farley is a senior lecturer at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce and a visiting professor at the U.S. Army War College.

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.

US-China Decoupling and Vulnerabilities in the American Defense Industrial Base
May 18, 2019
US-China Decoupling and Vulnerabilities in the American Defense Industrial Base
Decoupling from China may result in a shock to the U.S. defense industrial base.
US-China Decoupling and Vulnerabilities in the American Defense Industrial Base
The Significance of China’s Second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier
May 10, 2019
The Significance of China’s Second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier
Even if the carrier begins trials by 2022, it will be some time before it becomes a useful military asset.
The Significance of China’s Second Indigenous Aircraft Carrier
What George Marshall Learned From His Time in China
May 03, 2019
What George Marshall Learned From His Time in China
Marshall couldn’t stop the Chinese Civil War, but what did he learn?
What George Marshall Learned From His Time in China
How China’s Military Manages Interservice Competition
April 25, 2019
How China’s Military Manages Interservice Competition
How does the People’s Liberation Army manage a common challenge for any large military?
How China’s Military Manages Interservice Competition
The US-China Trade War: The Case of Kentucky Bourbon
April 12, 2019
The US-China Trade War: The Case of Kentucky Bourbon
The bourbon wars hold important lessons for how Americans think about trade policy.
The US-China Trade War: The Case of Kentucky Bourbon
American Bourbon Isn’t Safe From Trump’s Trade War With China
April 10, 2019
American Bourbon Isn’t Safe From Trump’s Trade War With China
The market for American whiskey in China is worth nearly $9 million.
American Bourbon Isn’t Safe From Trump’s Trade War With China
Ichiro's Last Game: The End of an Era
March 22, 2019
Ichiro's Last Game: The End of an Era
No Japanese Major League Baseball player has seen a similar level of success.
Ichiro's Last Game: The End of an Era
The Relationship Between the Size of China’s Economy and Its Military Posture
March 16, 2019
The Relationship Between the Size of China’s Economy and Its Military Posture
The relative sizes of the Chinese and U.S. economies are close to that of the Japanese and U.S. economies in the interwar period.
The Relationship Between the Size of China’s Economy and Its Military Posture
Intellectual Property, Defense Technology, and the Future of Great Power Relations
March 14, 2019
Intellectual Property, Defense Technology, and the Future of Great Power Relations
The idea that technological catch-up is possible may be flawed.
Intellectual Property, Defense Technology, and the Future of Great Power Relations
From the Dreadnought to Modern Stealth: Seeking Military Technological Superiority
March 11, 2019
From the Dreadnought to Modern Stealth: Seeking Military Technological Superiority
Which military technologies are the most difficult to master for would-be U.S. competitors?
From the Dreadnought to Modern Stealth: Seeking Military Technological Superiority
Is China’s Path to Military Parity With the US Through Intellectual Property Theft Doomed?
March 08, 2019
Is China’s Path to Military Parity With the US Through Intellectual Property Theft Doomed?
A new article turns conventional wisdom on competitive military modernization on its head.
Is China’s Path to Military Parity With the US Through Intellectual Property Theft Doomed?
Has the ‘Free Tibet‘ Movement Fizzled Due to China’s Rise?
March 01, 2019
Has the ‘Free Tibet‘ Movement Fizzled Due to China’s Rise?
Tibetan separatists may see a new wave of enthusiasm amid great power competition.
Has the ‘Free Tibet‘ Movement Fizzled Due to China’s Rise?
Tokyo, March 10, 1945: The Day of the Deadliest Attack in the History of Human Warfare
February 19, 2019
Tokyo, March 10, 1945: The Day of the Deadliest Attack in the History of Human Warfare
A new account offers a devastating picture of what the attack looked like from the air.
Tokyo, March 10, 1945: The Day of the Deadliest Attack in the History of Human Warfare
The F-35B and Australia’s <em>Canberra</em>-class: Still a Chance?
February 14, 2019
The F-35B and Australia’s Canberra-class: Still a Chance?
Does the F-35B still have a fighting chance to make it onto Australia’s Canberra-class warships?
The F-35B and Australia’s Canberra-class: Still a Chance?
The Key to Post-World War II US Strategic Thinking About Japan
February 07, 2019
The Key to Post-World War II US Strategic Thinking About Japan
Plans might be useless, but planning is indispensable.
The Key to Post-World War II US Strategic Thinking About Japan
Here Come Japan’s Aircraft Carriers
February 01, 2019
Here Come Japan’s Aircraft Carriers
The modification of the Izumos will upend nearly seven decades of defense thinking in Japan, and across East Asia.
Here Come Japan’s Aircraft Carriers
Taiwan's 20th Century Brush With a Nuclear Capability
January 30, 2019
Taiwan's 20th Century Brush With a Nuclear Capability
Just how close was Taipei to going nuclear?
Taiwan's 20th Century Brush With a Nuclear Capability
Two Stealth Bombers for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force?
January 22, 2019
Two Stealth Bombers for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force?
Is China pursuing two separate stealth bombers?
Two Stealth Bombers for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force?
Why China’s SSBN Force Will Fall Short for the Foreseeable Future
January 14, 2019
Why China’s SSBN Force Will Fall Short for the Foreseeable Future
China simply cannot rely on its SSBN force to act as a reliable second-strike deterrent against the United States.
Why China’s SSBN Force Will Fall Short for the Foreseeable Future
How Does China’s Air Force Learn and Adapt to New Circumstances?
January 11, 2019
How Does China’s Air Force Learn and Adapt to New Circumstances?
The PLAAF has made close study of U.S. military institutions.
How Does China’s Air Force Learn and Adapt to New Circumstances?
How China Might Repel the US Intellectual Property Trade Offensive
January 09, 2019
How China Might Repel the US Intellectual Property Trade Offensive
Intellectual property violations may be, in some sense, the WMD of the U.S.-China trade war
How China Might Repel the US Intellectual Property Trade Offensive
The Strategic Consequences of a US-China Rift on Intellectual Property
January 08, 2019
The Strategic Consequences of a US-China Rift on Intellectual Property
Does it even matter if China updates its intellectual property regime?
The Strategic Consequences of a US-China Rift on Intellectual Property
Lawfare and Beyond: The Intellectual Property Front in the US-China Trade War
December 20, 2018
Lawfare and Beyond: The Intellectual Property Front in the US-China Trade War
Just how sustainable will U.S. efforts at ‘lawfare’ in protecting intellectual property be?
Lawfare and Beyond: The Intellectual Property Front in the US-China Trade War
Taking Great Power Competition Seriously
December 19, 2018
Taking Great Power Competition Seriously
As U.S.-China competition intensifies, how should Washington realign its interests in the Middle East?
Taking Great Power Competition Seriously
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