Archive for the ‘Issues’ Category

Schools for Strategy: Teaching Strategy for 21st Century Conflict

Colin S. Gray. Strategic Studies Institute, Army War College, 28 October 2009.

Private Military Contractors and U.S. Grand Strategy

David Isenberg. PRIO, 15 October 2009. Private Military Contractors PRIO Report-2009.pdf

Obama weighs Afghan strategy, not just troop buildup

Jon Ward. Washington Times, 15 October 2009.

Misunderstanding the Problem: Iran and Israel

Galrahn. Information Dissemination, 03 October 2009.


When I see the story saying “President Obama has reaffirmed a 4-decade-old secret understanding that has allowed Israel to keep a nuclear arsenal without opening it to international inspections,” I read it as not only protecting Israel’s right to have nuclear weapons, but Israel seeking assurances in writing that they have the right to use nuclear weapons if necessary… perhaps on a well protected nuclear facility.

After all, if Israel is willing to accept the risk of attacking Iran knowing full well a few conventional bombs could very easily cost the United States its strategic objectives in both Afghanistan and Iraq, efforts paid for with 8 years of American blood; Israel will make damn sure they destroy what they intend to in an attack on Iran. This whole issue is about whether Israel assesses that Iran will use nuclear weapons against Israel. If the defensive purpose of nuclear weapons is to defend a country from being attacked with nuclear weapons, and defending Israel from potential Iranian nuclear weapon use against Israel is the issue here, then I think Israel use of nuclear weapons must be considered as part of the calculus.

Disbelieve Israel would go nuclear all you want, but Israels short, modern history is one of Israel consistently taking enormous risks, both politically and militarily. It is the rule rather than the exception, something we should not forget; particularly considering that the new buried and concealed nuclear site everyone is discussing is in Qom – a Shi’a Islam holy city.

Arms for the World: How the U.S. Military Shapes American Foreign Policy

Michael A. Cohen. Dissent, Fall 2009.


… the defining characteristic of U.S. foreign policy and national security policy in the post–cold-war era is the extent to which America’s foreign policy agenda is being crafted and implemented by the military. …Whether it’s waging the war on terror or the war on drugs; nation-building in post-conflict environments; development, democracy promotion, or diplomacy; fighting cyber-criminals or training foreign armies, the global face of the United States today is generally that of a soldier.

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

Lewis Carroll. (English Logician, Mathematician, Photographer and Novelist, especially remembered for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. 1832-1898)

An Extended Deterrence Regime to Counter Iranian Nuclear Weapons: Issues and Options

Richard L. Kugler. National Defense University, September 2009.

Outside Intervention in Internal Wars

Donald M. Snow. New Atlanticist Policy and Analysis Blog, 13 August 2009.