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  1. War without Clausewitz: Assumptions about Warfare

    Military theory, particularly in the West, seems dominated by Clausewitzian' principles and framework. But as the globe becomes more interconnected socially, economically, politically, and...
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    I'm in full agreement. While we're at it, let's...

    I'm in full agreement. While we're at it, let's further integrate the branches into a true joint service and eliminate many of the administrative redundancies and consolidate the bureaucracy and...
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    Hello all, After several months of...

    Hello all,

    After several months of deliberation, I think I've settled on a dissertation subject. I'm still working out the particular question(s) to address. I've jotted down notes here and there...
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    Did political warfare exist before the modern...

    Did political warfare exist before the modern nation-state? During feudalism, tribalism, or the ancient Roman/Greek era(s), were there forms of warfare that existed that don't now, or vice versa?
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    So to sum up our differences, we see the...

    So to sum up our differences, we see the direction of the relationship as different. I think this is a chicken vs egg question: what emerged first, war or the state? Most material historical...
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    Sounds good. Looking forward to seeing what you...

    Sounds good. Looking forward to seeing what you write.
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    Up next: The Pentagon's Brain: an Uncensored...

    Up next:

    The Pentagon's Brain: an Uncensored History of Darpa by Jacobsen

    The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire, 1936-1945 by Toland

    Private Empire: ExxonMobil and...
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    I don't see the incentive in DPRK responding to...

    I don't see the incentive in DPRK responding to US threats by demobilizing or dismantling its nuclear program. Their rhetoric has made perfectly clear that the examples of Iraq and Libya surrendering...
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    I read an article recently (don't remember the...

    I read an article recently (don't remember the publication) in which the author discussed the consequences of the neural lace, which can potentially transform human thinking (and therefore, I...
  10. Not specifically military focused, but related...

    Not specifically military focused, but related nonetheless:



    How to Maintain America's Edge
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    I more or less agree with this statement in...

    I more or less agree with this statement in principle. I would add that I see it in two layers: first, a superficial layer, and second, a core or base layer. In the first, we have different...
  12. This is probably one of the underlying math...

    This is probably one of the underlying math problems that threatens U.S. military superiority. The rate of increase in cost (resulting in a reduction in the number of available physical assets)...
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    I'm not really sure where this train of thought...

    I'm not really sure where this train of thought is going yet. I am approaching the dissertation phase of my education, and the closer I get, the less sure I am about which idea/research to pursue. I...
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    Meta-Warfare

    Hello all,

    I'd like to start a discussion on the sophistication of warfare; I don't mean the development of new technologies (essentially the spear and the rifle are the same weapon insofar they...
  15. Interesting read. Let's push capabilities...

    Interesting read.



    Let's push capabilities to the lowest level possible. Open more joint billets at the tactical level. In addition to JTACs, add cyber warfare cells & information warfare...
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    The Romanovs by Montefiore The Ghost Warriors...

    The Romanovs by Montefiore

    The Ghost Warriors by Katz
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    Rational Security SpyCast Pod Save the World ...

    Rational Security
    SpyCast
    Pod Save the World
    Arms Control Wonk
  18. Interesting read. Thanks.

    Interesting read. Thanks.
  19. Not a war novel, but I always appreciated the way...

    Not a war novel, but I always appreciated the way in which Dune seamlessly married political conflict, religious fanaticism, economics, and insurgency together.
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    It's the first of a three part series (I have the...

    It's the first of a three part series (I have the second one on order). I'm about 2/3s through the book. You won't find the typical detailed narratives as you would in other histories on the Nazi...
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    The Crimean War by Orlando Figes The Coming of...

    The Crimean War by Orlando Figes

    The Coming of the Third Reich by Richard Evans

    Ghost Warriors by Samual Katz
  22. Outlaw- In regards to Orlando specifically,...

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    In regards to Orlando specifically, Islamic terrorism is certainly one narrative, but certainly not the only or exclusive one. And probably not the dominant one. By all publicly available...
  23. When compared to counter-terrorism, mental health...

    When compared to counter-terrorism, mental health is not exactly a pressing political issue in the US. In Orlando, I definitely think the ISIS connection was "opportunistic" and it is much easier for...
  24. David, I'm of the opinion that a substantial...

    David,

    I'm of the opinion that a substantial number (or even majority) of "jihadists", at least in the "lone wolf" context, use the ideology as form of escapism and empowerment from some other...
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    Related news:



    http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-gay-pride-la-weapons-20160612-snap-story.html

    No connection has been made to the shooting in Orlando.
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