Buying a Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defense System

In September of 2017 Turkey signed a $2.5 billion contract to buy S-400 Triumf air defense systems from Russia. The US was none-too-pleased with the news and voiced disdain for the purchase repeatedly. Frustration with Turkey is based on the expectation that they will procure NATO-approved products for the sake of systems interoperability. In a … Continue reading Buying a Russian S-400 Triumf Air Defense System

Cover for presentation: COIN in the Sahel

US Counterinsurgency Strategy in the Sahel

The deaths of four special operators in Niger late last year introduced the public US military activity in the African Sahel. This band of semi-arid flat land between the Sahara and savannah stretches from Africa's Atlantic coast across to the Red Sea. It is home to an interlocking network of insurgencies, drug and human trafficking, … Continue reading US Counterinsurgency Strategy in the Sahel

The Defense Department is Serious About Climate Change

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

Cabinet-level Influence of Executive Leadership

Secretary of Defense James Mattis, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, have each demonstrated a willingness to speak publicly in contradiction or refutation of President Donald Trump’s tweets. Contradicting a sitting president to the public while being a member of the cabinet would normally … Continue reading Cabinet-level Influence of Executive Leadership