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The Nuclear Option: Long Range Strike & The Case For Dual-Use

Date Posted:  10/29/2015

The Air Force is also considering whether or not to pursue a new air-launched cruise missile (ALCM). The new ALCM – known in defense circles as the long-range standoff (LRSO) weapon – would possess advanced capabilities to increase the chances of success and against modern air defenses. Like the new bombers that may one day empl...

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Integrating Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems into Non-Segregated Airspace

Date Posted:  10/16/2015

By Major André Haider, DEU Army, JAPCC
By Laura Samsó, ESP, Centurion Technologies Consulting LLC

In recent years, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) have been the aviation industry’s most dynamic growth sector and this trend is expected to continue. Market studies estimate that worldwide spending on RPAS will nearly double over the next decade, totalling almost $91 billion in the next ten years.1<...

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Assessing Chinese Aerospace Training & Operational Competence

Date Posted:  10/15/2015

Inaugural 2015 China Aerospace Studies Institute (CASI) Conference, entitled Assessing Chinese Aerospace Training & Operational Competence. My associates and I are delighted that you joined us for what promises to be an informative and thought-provoking day devoted to learning more and sharing views on Chinese aerospace capabilities.

We are joined today by individuals from government, think tanks, and ...


The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda

The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda by Fawaz A. Gerges. Oxford University Press, 2011, 259 pp., $24.95.

Fawaz Gerges, a leading scholar of social movements and renowned regional expert on the Middle East, has established a unique reputation as a scholar in his unparalleled access to actors in the region who have been pivotal in influencing the historical jihadist movement and developing its foundational theories. Gerges’s Journey of the Jihadist chronicled the movement over a span of three generations, illuminating the differences between intergenerational elites and the evolving focus of the movement. That work was particularly instructive in explaining the shortcomings of the US war in Iraq and against al-Qaeda in attaining its stated strateg... Read Full Review