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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.

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
The <em>Izumo</em>-class's VSTOL Conversions and Japanese Navy Power
November 30, 2018
The Izumo-class's VSTOL Conversions and Japanese Navy Power
How many carrier-based F-35s will Japan operate?
The Izumo-class's VSTOL Conversions and Japanese Navy Power
Operation Red Sea: The Chinese Public's Introduction to Beijing's New Navy
November 28, 2018
Operation Red Sea: The Chinese Public's Introduction to Beijing's New Navy
A Chinese film showcases the increasing might of the People's Liberation Army Navy.
Operation Red Sea: The Chinese Public's Introduction to Beijing's New Navy
Is China Rethinking the Shenyang J-31 Fighter?
November 13, 2018
Is China Rethinking the Shenyang J-31 Fighter?
The Chinese military has been lukewarm about the J-31, concerned that its performance did not merit domestic acquisition.
Is China Rethinking the Shenyang J-31 Fighter?
End the INF Treaty, But Don't Set Aside Arms Control Altogether in Asia
November 12, 2018
End the INF Treaty, But Don't Set Aside Arms Control Altogether in Asia
The INF Treaty may no longer suit U.S. interests, but that doesn't mean arms control has no place in Asia.
End the INF Treaty, But Don't Set Aside Arms Control Altogether in Asia
100 Years on From World War I: Lessons on Great Power Competition in East Asia
November 11, 2018
100 Years on From World War I: Lessons on Great Power Competition in East Asia
It's best to avoid repeating the mistakes made in the past.
100 Years on From World War I: Lessons on Great Power Competition in East Asia
What Chance Do Carriers Have in Asia in a Post-INF Treaty World?
October 31, 2018
What Chance Do Carriers Have in Asia in a Post-INF Treaty World?
The extent to which the above-surface environment in the Western Pacific becomes more lethal for big ships should matter at the margins for carrier procurement.
What Chance Do Carriers Have in Asia in a Post-INF Treaty World?
What the Trump Administration's Consideration of a Plan to Ban Chinese Students Says About US-China Competition
October 23, 2018
What the Trump Administration's Consideration of a Plan to Ban Chinese Students Says About US-China Competition
The proposal suggests how seriously the administration is thinking about confrontation and competition with China.
What the Trump Administration's Consideration of a Plan to Ban Chinese Students Says About US-China Competition
US Withdrawal From the INF Treaty: Considerations in East Asia
October 22, 2018
US Withdrawal From the INF Treaty: Considerations in East Asia
Does withdrawing from the INF Treaty bring the United States advantages in Asia?
US Withdrawal From the INF Treaty: Considerations in East Asia
CAATSA's Out of the Bag: Sanctions, Intellectual Property, and US-China Relations
October 09, 2018
CAATSA's Out of the Bag: Sanctions, Intellectual Property, and US-China Relations
Push sanctions too far and China may decide that it’s past time to challenge U.S. financial and legal hegemony.
CAATSA's Out of the Bag: Sanctions, Intellectual Property, and US-China Relations
COMCASA and the Future of India's Defense Industrial Base
October 03, 2018
COMCASA and the Future of India's Defense Industrial Base
Greater U.S.-India defense integration is expected to continue.
COMCASA and the Future of India's Defense Industrial Base
What Should the US Navy's New Large Surface Warship Look Like?
September 24, 2018
What Should the US Navy's New Large Surface Warship Look Like?
The U.S. Navy has some big decisions ahead of it.
What Should the US Navy's New Large Surface Warship Look Like?
How Can the US Manage Sino-Russian Rapprochement?
September 21, 2018
How Can the US Manage Sino-Russian Rapprochement?
Mutual dislike for the U.S.-led order has brought Russia and China together.
How Can the US Manage Sino-Russian Rapprochement?
The Key to Securing the Indo-Pacific: Japanese Constitutional Reform?
September 11, 2018
The Key to Securing the Indo-Pacific: Japanese Constitutional Reform?
How interrelated are the issues of Japan's constitutional reform debate and ongoing questions about preserving Asia's status quo?
The Key to Securing the Indo-Pacific: Japanese Constitutional Reform?
The Question of the Decade: How Closely Will the US and India Align?
August 30, 2018
The Question of the Decade: How Closely Will the US and India Align?
Closer U.S.-India engagement seems to make sense, for very good reasons.
The Question of the Decade: How Closely Will the US and India Align?
How Far Can South Korea's Indigenous Defense Industry Go?
August 23, 2018
How Far Can South Korea's Indigenous Defense Industry Go?
Aerospace, in particular, presents both great upside and downside for South Korea.
How Far Can South Korea's Indigenous Defense Industry Go?
Will the US-China Trade War Spill Over Into the South China Sea?
August 21, 2018
Will the US-China Trade War Spill Over Into the South China Sea?
Can the South China Sea become a front in the U.S.-China trade war?
Will the US-China Trade War Spill Over Into the South China Sea?
Did the Obama-Xi Cyber Agreement Work?
August 11, 2018
Did the Obama-Xi Cyber Agreement Work?
How does the 2015 agreement between the U.S. and China on cyber activities hold up?
Did the Obama-Xi Cyber Agreement Work?
Imperial Japan's Naval Contributions to the First World War
July 27, 2018
Imperial Japan's Naval Contributions to the First World War
What drove the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War I?
Imperial Japan's Naval Contributions to the First World War
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