An artist’s rendition of the new light-bending metamaterial, as published in a National Science Foundation press release, October 2007.Image: Keith Drake.
Fiction and reality have meshed to incredible extents in the past decades, and it is no longer a surprise to see sci-fi-inspired inventions used in everyday life. The military field has [...]
Continue reading Cloaks of Invisibility: The Latest Frontier in Military Technology by Nayef Al-Rodhan
Image: Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC)
Last Monday, I spoke on South Korea’s air strategy at the 7th Asia-Pacific Security Conference (APSEC) in Singapore, where the participants discussed the future of Sino-American relations and the strategic implications of air power in Asia.
The majority of the panelists in the question-and-answer session seemed [...]
Continue reading Can the United States Retain its Hegemony in the Asia-Pacific? by Jeong Lee
Image: Thomas Rid.
The increasing ability to access and distribute information through cyberspace is profoundly changing how people and societies interact. The pace of these changes, particularly with regards to malicious behavior, can seem rather alarming. Reports of network intrusions, stolen data, website defacements, and phishing scams are daily fodder for local [...]
Continue reading Cyberwar: In Need of a Theory by David Fahrenkrug
On March 14, 2012, former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visited the Manas Air Base Transit Center, Kyrgyzstan, greeting U.S. service members in transit into or out of Afghanistan.Image: U.S. Department of Defense.
Later this year, it is expected that the United States will hand the Manas Transit Center in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, [...]
Continue reading The Manas Transit Center: End of an Era? by Roger Kangas
Russian President Vladimir Putin in the cockpit of a TU-160 Bomber before the beginning of military exercises, 2005.Image: Presidential Press Service.
Few aspects of President Putin’s recent state of the nation address electrified international media attention as much as his commitment to augmenting defense spending and securing Russia’s prominence in world affairs. [...]
Continue reading Rubles for Rifles: Examining Putin’s Call for Increased Defense Spending by Joseph Cheravitch
Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates meets with NATO Ministers of Defense and of Foreign Affairs in October 2010 at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.Image: U.S. Department of Defense.
The recent support by Afghanistan’s Loya Jirga of an Afghan-U.S. bilateral security agreement marks the end of an era for NATO. While [...]
Continue reading NATO’s Post-Afghan Security Role by Erik Brattberg
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with members of the Alpha Group, a counter-terrorism task force within Russia’s Federal Security Services. Image: SpetsnazAlpha.
With the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in mind, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed a new and harsher anti-terrorism law. The first part of this new law is [...]
Continue reading A New Anti-Terrorist Law in Russia: Feeding the Insurgency through Corruption and Police Abuses by Jean-François Ratelle
The heads of state or government of the EU member states. Image: Council of the European Union
Recent public opinion surveys in Europe show an increase in Euro-skepticism and declining optimism for European integration. According to Eurobarometer, 46 percent of Europeans see themselves as Euro-skeptics and 49 percent as Euro-optimists. This trend [...]
Continue reading Euro-Skepticism and the Future of the Common Security and Defense Policy Dieter Dettke
A fully-armed U.S. Air Force UAV, model MQ-9 Reaper, taxis down an Afghan runway. Image: U.S. Air Force.
UAV technology is poised to present the next major challenge to counter-proliferation agencies. Commonly known as “drones,” Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“UAVs”) have proliferated at an astonishing speed, doubling over a period of seven years [...]
Continue reading UAV Proliferation and the Challenge of Change by C. Michael Cali
A CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter lifts off from the flight deck of USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6). Image: U.S. Navy
In times of austerity, when governments are seeking to rein in spending, critics tend to target the expensive carriers as prime candidates for defense budget cuts. However, it would be a mistake [...]
Continue reading The Continuing Relevance of Aircraft Carriers for the U.S. Navy by Kevin Blachford