Articles by: Bradley Peniston

1930: In case you missed it

From the archives: August 9, 1930

[Editor’s note: Here’s what passed for an ICYMI during the Great Depression.]

Did You Read…

…the following important stories last week?

Army: Representative Henry E. Barbour …

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Book excerpt: “F.I.R.E.”

Book excerpt: “F.I.R.E.”

F.I.R.E. by Lt. Col. Dan Ward, USAF

‘F.I.R.E: How Fast, Inexpensive, Restrained, and Elegant Methods Ignite Innovation’


Editor’s note: Lt. Col. Dan Ward is well known to AFJ readers …

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Two Cheers for the QDR

The author applauds the QDR for underlining the risks of sequestration, which could cost the Navy an aircraft carrier. (Navy photo)

Joseph J. Collins

Every four years, the defense community waits on pins and needles for the Quadrennial Defense Review. Some succumb to quadrennial defense delusion, the hope that the new QDR can …

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1973: Buy our drones!

1973: Buy our drones!


An ad for Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical in the April 1973 issue of Armed Forces Journal.…

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Afghanistan or Talibanistan?

Afghan National Army soldiers learn to medevac casualties at Camp Shorabak in Helmand Province on Feb. 19, 2014. For many, this was the first time they had been aboard a helicopter. (U.S. Marine Corps)

Will the country see relative stability and freedom after 2014?

Col. Robert M. Cassidy

This year will see a set of key events in Afghanistan: variables of pivotal magnitude that may well …

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Arctic missions demand more high-endurance cutters

The author argues that the Coast Guard needs two more multi-mission Legend-class ships to replace decades-old WHEC vessels such as Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717), seen here off Kodiak, Alaska. (USCG photo)

Scott C. Truver

Over the past few years, concerns about an ice-free Arctic have drawn statements from U.S. national, Coast Guard and Defense Department policymakers that make it sound as if the …

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Pipeline politics in Syria

A gas pumping station in Georgia near the Turkish border. The author argues that the tensions surrounding the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline shed light on the Syrian conflict. (Photo: Robert Thomson)

You can’t understand the conflict without talking about natural gas

By Maj. Rob Taylor

Much of the media coverage suggests that the conflict in Syria is a civil war, in which the …

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The psychology of operational planning

Planners from the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces discuss missile defense in a February exercise. (USAF)

How to reduce the effects of emotion on decisionmaking

By Cmdr. Tony Schwarz

As military planners formulate recommendations for their commanders, they draw upon many kinds of data: joint and service doctrine, …

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Cyberspace: What is it, where is it and who cares?

Signal and military intelligence NCOs watch for network attacks at the Army's Cyber Operations Center at Fort Gordon, Ga. (Army/Michael L. Lewis)

By Brett Williams

Assured access to cyberspace is a key enabler of national security, so the answer to the question in the title is: we should all care. Two of the defining …

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Stalin’s successor is teaching

Russian tanks roll on a street in Tskhinvali, Georgia, in 2008.  (Photo: AFP / Viktor Drachev)

Americans should learn

By Douglas Macgregor

President Obama warns that if Russia intervenes with military power to crush the new Ukrainian government in Kiev there will be a cost. Yet it’s hard …

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