Summary: Today Martin van Creveld examines one of the great oddities of our time -- our persistent and absurdly unjustified faith in the power of airpower to defeat 4th generation foes. Future historians will marvel at our inability to learn from experience, of which this is just one example. When Will They Ever Learn? By … Continue reading Martin van Creveld: it’s the age of failed airpower. Yet we try, try, try again.
Summary: The attack on the Kunduz Hospital occurs at a potentially pivotal time in the Afghanistan civil war, as the Taliban gains ground against the puppet government installed by the US government. Here aviation journalist David Evans (Lt. Colonel, USMC, retired) gives us a brief on the issues, and about the questions that get lost … Continue reading Key questions unasked in the news about the US attack on Kunduz Hospital
Summary: Our wars simple to those who see only bad guys to be killed, but appear as a mystery to many Americans. Unnecessarily, since our journalists tell us all we need to know. Unfortunately these few key facts are buried amidst a flood of trivia. This post gives a small but telling example by examining … Continue reading Study body counts to learn about our wars: how we fight, why we lose
Summary: We gear up for another round of wars, repeating the same methods that failed repeatedly since WWII, with pregame performances more predictable than a Superbowl's halftime festival. Today we look at the grand claims of certain easy victory through airpower. Like Charlie Brown listening to Lucy, each time we believe -- ignoring past disappointments. … Continue reading Victory through airpower! We always believe the promise, despite the past.
From the archives. It describes America today more than it did when written in September 2011. Summary: GI WIlson explains that we now have enough experience with drone warfare to study its effects. Just as in physics, our actions affect ourselves as well as our targets. Social science research shows that drones are a gateway … Continue reading The Psychology of Killer Drones – action against our foes; reaction affecting us