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A Destiny of Failure – Germany’s plans to invade England during WWII

Summary:  Our history consists to a shocking degree of myths, which means we stand on sand — not rock.  This weakens us, diminishing our ability to clearly see the world and prepare for the future.  Our cousins across the Atlantic share some of these myths about WWII. Today we look at one of these.  For …

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Martin van Creveld explains the essence of Airpower Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Summary:  As we increasingly rely on projecting power from the air, it’s become more important to understand the history and future of airpower.  As with any aspect of the military arts, we first turn to Martin van Creveld, who has written 22 books about almost every significant aspect of war — technology, logistics, air power and …

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The trinity of US tactics – a constant in our small wars but invisible to us. First, use massive firepower.

Summary:  Awareness of self is as necessary for war as for other aspects of life.  It helps us see what we do, and better understand how others’ see us.  It’s the foundation for a functioning observation-orientation-decision-action (OODA) loop.  Our’s is broken, so we use our great power ineffectively.  Here we look at our use of massive …

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The Psychology of Killer Drones – action against our foes; reaction affecting us

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 to moral disengagement dehumanization, and deindividuation. The great distances drones operate over, manipulated by faceless-nameless-lawyeristic-voyeurs, creates an emotional, mental, and physical divide between “us” …

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