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‘21st Century Sims’: How a relatively junior officer forced needed change in the Navy

When French novelist Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr uttered the immortal words, "the more things change, the more they remain the same," he probably didn't have the military in mind. However, the written works of Admiral William S. Sims, commander of United States naval forces in Europe during World War I, remind us that this dictum, in fact, often holds true in military affairs.

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The Pitfalls of a Whack-a-Mole Strategy Against ISIS

Why deploying an American-led global army against the Islamic State would be a really bad idea.

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Rotation policy: Iraq & Afghanistan were really the wars we fought 1 year at a time

“Many times the Vietnam was called a ten-year war fought one year at a time.... which actually wasn't true though most service members rotated through one year at a time. Units remained and had members who had served different lengths of time, with those with longest service in country able to pass on lessons learned to those just arriving. Afghanistan and Iraq, unlike Vietnam truly were long wars fought one year at a time.”

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China’s Sea Change

In its first defense white paper, China's leadership paints a muscular vision of how it will defend its newfound place in the sun.

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What I’m doing today

Last year, on the Friday before Memorial Day, I was robbed on the train to Brussels, losing most of valuables including my passport, wallet, and laptop.

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Know Thy Enemy, and the Future of Memorial Day

How will warfare change when we know our foes by name, face, and DNA?

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