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Will we bomb Iran, now that Admiral Fallon is gone?

The Internet is our collective mind made visible, more so than print, radio, and television.  It allows us to see the thought processes of our community.  The recent “silly swarm” of blog posts about the “cut cable fever” in February (see here and here) showed the implusive and wild thinking of the broad community of those writing and …

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Valuable new insights about the culture of war… a preview

Western writers about military and political theory sees war as a largely rational activity, at least on a state to state level.  Clausewitz sees it as an extension of politics, a tools of policy to advance the State’s goals.  Marx looks at its economic basis.  Much of the game theory that drives military simulations resembles chess more than anything done …

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Geopolitical implications of the current economic downturn

Summary:  How will this recession end?  My guess:  with re-balancing of the global economy and a decline of the US dollar so that the our goods and services are again competitive.  No more trade deficit, we can pay our debts, and there will be no serious outflow of jobs. There are several schools of economic thinking about …

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Arrows in the Eagle’s claw – solutions to 4GW

This series describes the various types of solutions to modern warfare, herein called fourth generation warfare (4GW).  It will attempt to show their relationship to one another and their relative potential.  4GW appears to be the dominant form of warfare in the 21st century, so mastery of it might prove necessary for America’s prosperity or even survival.  This is …

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America’s Most Dangerous Enemy

Summary:  This essay examines the most dangerous enemies of America.  Two little known dangers appear far most serious than the usual suspects.  Appropriate responses are discussed. Threat definition is the key phase when developing a grand strategy. Especially today, as America faces many dangerous enemies.  Who are our most dangerous foes?  China?  Islamofascism?  The “gap …

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