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September 18, 2018

United States
The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 71st Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 71 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

Air Force Birthday 2018

December 4, 2017

China
China’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy Poses a Credible Threat to U.S. Tech Leadership

Absent new funding and a strategic vision, the United States might lose the race for supremacy in artificial intelligence research to China.

AlphaGo

May 4, 2017

United States
Eleven More Classic Vietnam War Protest Songs

Two years ago, I posted my picks for "The Twenty Best Vietnam Protest Songs." I compiled the list as part of a series of posts commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the first U.S. combat troops a…

Mick Jagger featured in the 1970 documentary, "Gimme Shelter." (Photo : Reuters)

October 28, 2015

Red Team Wisdom From Experts

My book Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy will be “launched” in one week. One lasting impression that I got from reading the red team literature broadly, and speaking with over two …

September 29, 2015

Egypt
Sisi’s Struggle for Egypt

I have always wondered why leaders of foreign countries feel the need to publish opinion pieces in American newspapers of record. Who exactly are they trying to influence? The folks at the White Hous…

SisisStruggleForEgypt

September 24, 2015

Defense and Security
Cooked Islamic State Intelligence and Red Teams

The New York Times has an article that sheds further light upon what is apparently a disagreement within U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) about how successful the U.S.-led war, which is intended to “de…

Obama and Austin CENTCOM

June 29, 2015

Asia
Who Else Will Join the TPP?

After the Obama administration’s victories in Congress the past two weeks, it appears far more likely that the United States will become part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Bilateral negotiations …

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January 25, 2015

Human Rights
No "Gentleman’s Agreement" for Jews in Sweden

The book "Gentleman’s Agreement," by Laura Z. Hobson, appeared in 1947, followed by the film of the same name starring Gregory Peck (and winning three Oscars). The plot is simple: a journalist assig…

January 14, 2015

Cybersecurity
The Futile Effort to Determine When a Cyber Incident Becomes an Armed Attack

Alex Grigsby is the assistant director for the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations.  As Adam mentioned the other day, the Sony hack highlighted the fact that ev…

Armed Attack HFAC Cyber CFR Net Politics

November 6, 2014

United States
Ten Cold War Films Worth Watching

The Cold War has provided the grist for rich histories, enlightening memoirs, and terrific novels. It has also provided source material for some great movies. Here in alphabetical order are my ten fa…

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