Archive for July, 2006

‘New’ ideas that look old

Ah, the “revolution in military affairs” — the “RMA.” A term that is a blast from the past, a piece of pre-9/11 prehistory. But bold predictions about the future of war have …

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McCaffrey visits Guantanamo

The detention facility at Guantanamo, Cuba, has become a symbol of the controversy concerning the way the U.S. treats enemy fighters captured in Afghanistan and other theaters of the "global war on …

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Clausewitz: Right or wrong?

It’s not an entirely egregious bit of hyperbole to say that, since the publication of Vom Kriege in 1832, all writings on the way of war have been nothing more than commentaries …

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New thinking

Old hands take a fresh look at irregular warfare

Insurgency. Indigenous forces. Irregular warfare. It’s the modern military version of being able to sketch a lifelike Bambi, which used to be the …

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The Navy adrift

What do we want our surface fleet to do for us?

Shipbuilding has been one of the biggest conundrums of post-Cold War defense planning, and the Defense Department’s confusion seems only to …

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To the Bush administration

For nominating Pentagon General Counsel William Haynes for a seat on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In his Pentagon post, Haynes has been one of the principal architects of administration policy …

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To Colleen Graffy

Deputy assistant secretary of state for “public diplomacy” — we are not making this up — for characterizing what might be described as the “assisted suicides” of three Guantanamo detainees as a …

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Clausewitz and World War IV

The essence of every profession is expressed in the writings of its unifying theorists: Freud for psychology, Adam Smith on economics, Justice Marshall on law, and — depending on one’s preferences — …

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Go to the source: Civilian supremacy run amok

I would like to add a few comments to Tom Donnelly’s well-thought-out and well-articulated editorial, “Won’t get fooled again” [May].

I personally know and have worked with three of the eight general …

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United in relief

Rice’s offer to negotiate with Iran gets Congress off the hook

The sense of relief that washed over Capitol Hill in early June was unmistakable, propelled by news that President Bush, in …

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