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Two Cheers for the QDR

The author applauds the QDR for underlining the risks of sequestration, which could cost the Navy an aircraft carrier. (Navy photo)

Joseph J. Collins

Every four years, the defense community waits on pins and needles for the Quadrennial Defense Review. Some succumb to quadrennial defense delusion, the hope that the new QDR can …

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1973: Buy our drones!

1973: Buy our drones!

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The psychology of operational planning

Planners from the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces discuss missile defense in a February exercise. (USAF)

How to reduce the effects of emotion on decisionmaking

By Cmdr. Tony Schwarz

As military planners formulate recommendations for their commanders, they draw upon many kinds of data: joint and service doctrine, …

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Cyberspace: What is it, where is it and who cares?

Signal and military intelligence NCOs watch for network attacks at the Army's Cyber Operations Center at Fort Gordon, Ga. (Army/Michael L. Lewis)

By Brett Williams

Assured access to cyberspace is a key enabler of national security, so the answer to the question in the title is: we should all care. Two of the defining …

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Stalin’s successor is teaching

Russian tanks roll on a street in Tskhinvali, Georgia, in 2008.  (Photo: AFP / Viktor Drachev)

Americans should learn

By Douglas Macgregor

President Obama warns that if Russia intervenes with military power to crush the new Ukrainian government in Kiev there will be a cost. Yet it’s hard …

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Seduced by success

An Afghanistan tour can be tough duty, but it's not the kind of force-on-force combat that keeps upper-echelon leaders sharp, the author argues. (Army photo/Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup)

Daniel L. Davis

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose. And it’s an unreliable guide to the future.” – Bill Gates, “The Road Ahead”

Conventional …

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1866: Ode to the quartermaster

Petersburg, Va.: Part of Quartermaster Department, 1st Division, 9th Corps, in November 1863

Editor’s note: The following was part of the Journal’s approving response to a proposal by General Ulysses S. Grant to reorganize the Army’s quartermasters and lessen their responsibilities.

From the archive: January 13, …

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1863: Rebuilding railroads

Bridge on Orange & Alexandria Railroad, as repaired by Union Army engineers under Col. Herman Haupt. (Attributed to Andrew J. Russell/Library of Congress via Wikipedia)

Editor’s note: The Orange and Alexandria Railroad, which linked Alexandria, Va., to points west and south, was the most bitterly contested route in the first railroad war. The Battle of Bull Run …

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What about deterrence in an era of cyberwar?

What about deterrence in an era of cyberwar?

By Peter W. Singer and Allan Friedman

This is an excerpt from Singer and Friedman’s new book, “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know,” released Monday by Oxford University Press. Another …

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Exercise is good for you

Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. (U.S. Navy)

How can we better prepare for cyber incidents?

By Peter W. Singer and Allan Friedman

This is an excerpt from Singer and Friedman’s new book, “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to …

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