Archive for April, 2006

Understanding strategy: A delicate dance

America must learn to comprehend China’s culture and tactics

It was often said during the Cold War that the Soviet Union had a hard time understanding the United States. There was a …

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Who is Steve Cambone?

A look at Rumsfeld’s right-hand man

On a Tuesday afternoon in January, Stephen Cambone, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, sat in his spacious but Spartan E-ring office in the Pentagon, contemplating …

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What shipbuilding crisis?

These are bountiful days in U.S. shipyards, but the industry may be steaming into rough seas

After a decade-long decline in U.S. military shipbuilding budgets, from $11.5 billion in 1991 outlays to …

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Chasing the Austerlitz ideal

The enduring quest for decisive battle

At 10 o’clock in the morning Dec. 2, 1805, a few miles west of the Austrian town of Austerlitz, the main weight of the Austro-Russian forces …

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Iraq faces the risk of warlordism that Afghanistan went through for a period.

If warlords cared about etymological niceties, they might be the first to decry the mutation of their evocative title into a bland bureacratic “ism.” These guys aren’t political theorists; they’re the commanders …

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