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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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Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight

Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight by David A. Mindell. MIT Press, 2008, 384 pp., $30.00 (hardcover.

With the National Aeronautics and Space Administrationís (NASA) curtailment of domestically operated manned missions via the space shuttle and the current reliance on Russian spacecraft for transport to the International Space Station, human spaceflight is as relevant today as ever. David Mindellís Digital Apollo: Human and Machine in Spaceflight explores human spaceflight through the lens of the interaction between humans, both in the spacecraft and on the ground, and technology within the context of the Apollo program. Mindell acknowledges the existence of many books about Apollo b... Read Full Review