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Robert Farley

Robert Farley

Robert Farley is an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce.

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.

Posts by Robert Farley
November 23, 2020

IP Dispute May Slow Canada’s Plans to Procure New Frigates

By Robert Farley
This kind of story has become common, although it less commonly involves allies and domestic production contracts.

November 12, 2020

US Army Getting Into the Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Business

By Robert Farley
The U.S. Army is serious about making a contribution in the Pacific. 
October 29, 2020

The US Navy’s Next Large Surface Combatant

By Robert Farley
Recent reporting suggests the Navy is going back to basics in designing its next cruiser and destroyer hull.

October 23, 2020

Hypersonic Missiles For All US Destroyers?

By Robert Farley
U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien this week announced a plan to equip an array of ships with hypersonic missiles.

October 23, 2020

An Update on India’s Aircraft Carrier Aspirations

By Robert Farley
It is tempting but dangerous to compare India’s carrier progress with that of China. Still, there are some points of warranted comparison. 

October 10, 2020

What Will Become of the INS Viraat?

By Robert Farley
That decommissioned ship is destined for the shipbreakers, unless last minute interventions grant the historic ship a new destiny.
September 30, 2020

Why US Export Control Policy Matters

By Robert Farley
Export controls are one of the most important tools of U.S. policy toward a rising China.

September 26, 2020

What If Washington Had Supported Taiwanese Independence in the 1990s?

By Robert Farley
This is not to say that taking a hard line on China would have been popular within the United States, politically possible, or even a good idea. But what if?

September 14, 2020

Too Old to Fight? Will Demographic Shifts Alter Asia’s Geostrategic Landscape? 

By Robert Farley
The demographic situation in the Asia-Pacific is quite unlike that of any other epoch of geostrategic competition.

September 08, 2020

How Strong Are the Ropes That Bind the Japanese Military?

By Robert Farley
It is difficult to imagine that Japanese leadership would not use offensive weapons if Tokyo believed an attack was imminent.

August 18, 2020

Why Did South Korea Decide to Build Aircraft Carriers?

By Robert Farley
The ships will form the core of a well-balanced fleet.
August 11, 2020

China’s First Type 075 Amphibious Assault Ship Begins Sea Trials

By Robert Farley
Before long, the PLAN could have the dominant amphibious capability in the Western Pacific.

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