It's not very hard to get a number, or a couple numbers. I found close to a dozen sources that would state a budget or a spending number. Those are not necessarily the same thing. There were more that discussed percentages increase or decrease, and then went on to discuss what that might mean either for the Russian economy, procurement goals or both.
We've seen a resurgent Russian military in Syria in the last few years, and they seem to be notably more effective than the team we saw in Georgia and Chechnya. They have new weapons for sure, but there is also performance that reflects a new training structure that leverages effective joint operations. Did they have a Goldwater-Nichols moment? Well, sorta.
This was a response memo crafted to simulate having 24hrs to recommend to the US Department of State, whether or not to use a tactical nuclear strike against five high value terrorists gathered "at a cave complex in the Mount Lebanon range, not far from Qurnat as Sawda." MEMO TO: The SecretarySUBJECT: Emergency NSC Meeting … Continue reading Coursework: NODIS – Stretch Armstrong
All I want for Christmas is rational nuclear deterrence. Tall order, but I've done everything I can to stay on the "Nice" list. I'm not the only one asking for someone to make me feel better about the spectre of looming thermonuclear war with North Korea. As Mary Chesnut noted, Obama's 2010 Nuclear Posture Review is … Continue reading Deterrent in Chief
In recent discussion about the world of think tanks, a question was raised about the think tank culture in Korea. The question reminded me of a list I found a few years ago when I was trying to understand the think tank industry. What I was looking for was a sort of directory, or who's … Continue reading Korean Think Tanks you ask?
Net Assessment has been lauded for finding novel ways of countering the strategic advantages that the Soviet Union amassed at different times up until its collapse. But Marshall's focus on the Soviet Threat essentially coupled the man, the office and the practice to that same irrelevance that the US Defense establishment has viewed Russia since … Continue reading The Defense Department is Serious About Climate Change