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The critical drip pan vulnerability 0

The critical drip pan vulnerability

Earmark Puts $17,000 Pans on Army Craft http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/us/politics/behind-armys-17000-drip-pan-harold-rogerss-earmark.html Tom Wilson, who owns Phoenix Products, defended his company’s pans as better constructed and more durable than others on the market. Asked what made them so...

The Language Deficit & National Security 1

The Language Deficit & National Security

Michael Geisler has a fantastic article on Inside Higher Ed about why Larry Summers, former Treasury secretary and Harvard University president, is wrong in his op-ed about foreign language education in the United States....

The Evolution of al-Qaeda’s Strategy after Afghanistan 1

The Evolution of al-Qaeda’s Strategy after Afghanistan

After executing the most stunningly successful terrorist attacks in its history on 9/11, al-Qaeda faced an existential threat in the American response it provoked. Al-Qaeda’s association with and support from the Taliban regime in...

Talking with the Taliban: a timeline 4

Talking with the Taliban: a timeline

As hopes for potential peace talks with the Taliban once again ebb and flow, it’s worth taking a look at the history of efforts to engage with the Taliban. Since late 2007, discussions about...

On SOPA & PIPA, those devious twins 0

On SOPA & PIPA, those devious twins

This blog doesn’t have a large enough readership to make a blackout protest very effective, but I wanted to write a bit about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act...

Playing by a different set of rules 0

Playing by a different set of rules

Much is said of the asymmetrical nature of the conflicts between the US and non-state actors like al-Qaeda. The former sports a modern military with all the trappings of an industrial state, while the...