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Nightfall and the Cloud

Date Posted:  8/28/2015

This article argues that the transformation of airpower to a force centered on remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) and unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAV) is a more difficult proposition than simply a technical hurdle to overcome. Significant technological barriers to autonomy exist, but overcoming them would still leave economic, political, legal, and organizational challenges to fielding significant numbers of fully autonomous aircraft in war...

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Diplomatic Counterterrorist Deterrence: Moving beyond Military Means

Date Posted:  7/23/2015

This article examines diplomatic deterrence strategies as an alternative to military-centric operations for the purpose of countering terrorism. Such strategies are designed to increase international security and build lasting partnerships at the local, regional, national, and international levels. Their goal is to delegitimize the threat of terror and to enhance democracy and security in affected regions. Thus, these options dif...

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Strategic Deterrence for the Future - Adm Cecil D. Haney, USN

Date Posted:  7/16/2015

Although strategic deterrence is underpinned and reinforced by our nuclear capabilities, it is more than the nuclear triad. This article reviews the diverse, complex, and uncertain security environment we currently face and the investments that both nation-state and nonstate actors are making to both their strategic arsenals and asymmetric capabilities.

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International Partnership in Russia: Conclusions from the Oil and Gas Industry

International Partnership in Russia: Conclusions from the Oil and Gas Industry , James Henderson and Alastair Ferguson, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, 327 pp., $147.00.

This well-written text clearly illuminates the historical background of the Russian joint international ventures development plan. Authorities prohibited foreign investment in the oil industry during the Soviet era, which allowed the development of solid reserves that have positioned Russia to dominate the oil market. Russia is the "largest global producer of oil and gas combined." The plan was developed in 1988 as the former Soviet Union began to fall. The Soviet government authorized foreign, oil-producing companies to form joint ventures in an effort to close the technical capabilit... Read Full Review