Leo Blanken


Leo Blanken is an associate professor at the Naval Postgraduate School and author of the book Rational Empires: Institutional Incentives and Imperial Expansion. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.

Articles by Leo Blanken
Pfc. William Berczik stands on top of a Stryker vehicle in the desert near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on March 6, 2014.
Pfc. William Berczik stands on top of a Stryker vehicle in the desert near Kandahar, Afghanistan, on March 6, 2014.
A U.S. Air Force 'Reaper' drone passes a C-130 cargo plane at an airbase in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 7, 2016. (John Moore/Getty Images)
A U.S. Air Force 'Reaper' drone passes a C-130 cargo plane at an airbase in the Persian Gulf on Jan. 7, 2016. (John Moore/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Members of the U.S. Army Drill Team perform in Times Square in New York City in honor of the Army's 240th birthday on June 12, 2015 in New York City. Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, Soldier-musicians from The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" Downrange, and the U.S. Military Academy West Point Band entertained and gave demonstrations to the crowds in the historic center of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Members of the U.S. Army Drill Team perform in Times Square in New York City in honor of the Army's 240th birthday on June 12, 2015 in New York City. Soldiers from the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, Soldier-musicians from The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" Downrange, and the U.S. Military Academy West Point Band entertained and gave demonstrations to the crowds in the historic center of Manhattan. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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