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Lessons from the Cold War in Alternative Media

Lessons from the Cold War in Alternative Media

One of the most iconic tools for bringing down the Soviet Union was the distribution of information from the West and the promotion of an anti-Soviet narrative that was forbidden behind the Iron Curtain. In societies where the control of information was a necessity to controlling the narrative and ...

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The Next Chapter to Endless Conflict

The Next Chapter to Endless Conflict

The Economist published a piece this week on the actions by Iraqi forces against Kurdish interests in the Kurdish region of Iraq after a referendum for independence from Iraq took place recently. With dwindling ISIS control of territory in Iraq and Syria, the interests of those who have allied ...

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What If the UN Banned the Bomb and No One Noticed?

What If the UN Banned the Bomb and No One Noticed?

Based on the amount of news coverage, you may not have heard of it, but on July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted the Nuclear Prohibition Treaty. The agreement bans the use of nuclear weapons, and the threat of their use, as well as their testing, development, ...

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The Need for Anti-Ballistic Missile Diplomacy

The Need for Anti-Ballistic Missile Diplomacy

Last August, North Korea launched what is believed to be a Hwasong-12 ballistic missile towards Japan, threatening a key US ally in the region.

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Missile Defense and North Korea

Missile Defense and North Korea

The United States has made some efforts to develop a missile defense system against a North Korean ICBM, but the system may not be all that we would wish.

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The Need for a New ICBM Strategy

The Need for a New ICBM Strategy

The first week in July in 2017 saw the launch of a medium range Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, or ICBM out of North Korea. The Hwasong-14 missile was launched from a mobile launcher, similar in function to that of the Russian Topol-M launch vehicle. While tested from a mobile platform, ...

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Painting Targets in the Syrian Conflict

Painting Targets in the Syrian Conflict

This week conflict between the United States and its allies in Syria against the Syrian regime, Russia, and Iran heated up.

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Is The Five Eyes Network Still Relevant Today?

Is The Five Eyes Network Still Relevant Today?

In one word—yes.

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The Dangerous Tool of Russian Military Exercises

The Dangerous Tool of Russian Military Exercises

Understanding what Russian large-scale military exercises are designed to accomplish could offer answers and highlight areas that NATO should closely watch.

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Actual and Perceived Defense of the Homeland

Actual and Perceived Defense of the Homeland

What prevented nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union for decades were the efforts to communicate and ultimately reduce the stockpiling of ICBMs.

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Decompressing A Crisis Through Safe Zones

Decompressing A Crisis Through Safe Zones

Approaches to create safe zones are being sought by Russia, Turkey and Iran in an effort to reverse the mass migration out of Syria.

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With Its Second Aircraft Carrier, China Extends its Global Reach

With Its Second Aircraft Carrier, China Extends its Global Reach

By expanding its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea and growing the PLA’s global clout, China is reinforcing its influence in the Asia-Pacific.

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Isolationism and its Consequences for Conflict Prevention

Isolationism and its Consequences for Conflict Prevention

Could Trump’s “America First” isolationism, professed during his electoral campaign, decrease the U.S.’ role in the world, and ultimately its security?

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Missiles as Part of the Peace Making Equation

Missiles as Part of the Peace Making Equation

The idea of using weapons to achieve equilibrium between powers to maintain peace is not novel, but its effectiveness depends on the technological balance between competing powers.

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AFCEA West 2017 Conference (Pt.1): What are the Major Threats to the U.S.?

AFCEA West 2017 Conference (Pt.1): What are the Major Threats to the U.S.?

Senior military leaders fear that the administration will develop a foreign policy that focuses too heavily on military solutions with little regard to other “tools” in the U.S. policy kit.

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