Zbigniew Brzezinski, ‘Limited’ Nuclear Warrior
Zbigniew Brzezinski, the U.S. national security adviser to Pres. Jimmy Carter, died on March 26, 2017. A refugee from Poland, his family fled to Canada via France after the 1939 German invasion, and stayed after the Red Army swept into the country at the end of  World War II.... Read more
The Guarani Fighting Vehicle Is the Developing World’s Stryker
Brazil stands out in Latin America for its arms industry. There are more armored vehicles, artillery pieces and aircraft made in Brazil in service around the world than from any other country in the Western Hemisphere south of the Rio Grande. It’s one of the largest small arms exporters in... Read more
Busting the Myths Surrounding the Battle of Dunkirk
The 77th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation has already received a great deal of attention, in no doubt due to the pending release of Christopher Nolan’s new film treatment of the battle. For nearly 77 years, the battle has stirred controversy—in one view it’s an example of British courage and gallantry... Read more
El ejército francés se creó a base de soldados extranjeros
Al final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, el ejército francés era la cuarta fuerza militar más grande del continente europeo, por detrás de la Unión Soviética, las fuerzas expedicionarias de Estados Unidos y Gran Bretaña. Las Fuerzas Francesas Libres bajo el mando de Charles de Gaulle habían luchado contra... Read more
These Are the States and Armed Groups That Use Rape as a Weapon
In May 2017, the office of the U.N. Secretary General presented its annual report on conflict-related sexual violence. The report identifies 38 armed groups and eight government security forces in 19 countries the United Nations has documented as perpetrating systematic rape, sexual assault and coercion as part of their... Read more
Russia’s Military Is Burning Through Its High Explosives
An air campaign requires a sprawling, complicated supply chain. Fire enough missiles and drop enough bombs, which require a heavy investment in materials and chemicals, and there will come a point when the logistics trail starts to strain. Nearly 20 months into Russia’s intervention in Syria’s civil war, the strain is... Read more
America Has Turned a Blind Eye to China’s Growing Naval Power
Admirals say the darnedest things. Over at the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings magazine, retired U.S. Pacific Command Intelligence Chief Capt. Jim Fanell takes PACOM kahunas, past and present, to task for disparaging China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy. Respect for prospective foes, Fanell proclaims, constitutes the most prudent attitude. Such... Read more
After Bailing Out Assad, the Russian Military Risks a Syria Quagmire
It has been well over one year, seven months since Russia’s military intervened in Syria’s civil war. From the get-go the Kremlin brushed aside claims that its campaign would lead to an Iraq or Afghanistan-like quagmire. Relying heavily on air power, Russia helped the Syrian regime to rebound from a... Read more
From Loathed to Loved—the Deadly History of the Submarine
Submarines are an accepted part of a strong navy and the cornerstone vessel of a superpower. But these stealth killers of the ocean were once as derided and feared as the drone is now. This week on War College, former journalist and current naval historian Iain Ballantyne takes us... Read more
‘Graf Zeppelin’ Was Nazi Germany’s Big, Dumb Aircraft Carrier
From the first days of his ascension to power, Adolf Hitler planned to rebuild the Kriegsmarine into a world-class navy. Most of the world’s other major fleets included aircraft carriers, and so German naval authorities soon determined that the Reich would also require carriers. Germany laid down its first... Read more
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