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Don’t Shoot Crappy Guns Or Ammunition

Opposing Views: An unidentified woman pulled the trigger on her rifle and witnessed the gun explode in her hands in video footage uploaded to LiveLeak over the weekend. Although the woman appeared to be unharmed, her exact condition is not known. The location of the incident is also unknown. ConcealedNation.org, a website focused on firearms, […]

Hagel's Resignation Draws Mixed Reaction from Troops

U.S. service members said they were surprised by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation and had mixed reactions to his relatively short tenure.

Some Thoughts on Maritime Denial Inside the First Island Chain

Robert Rubel was correct in his commentary earlier this year on my SSQ conventional deterrence article that I favor attempting to assert maritime denial (as opposed to striving to gain something approaching command of the sea) inside the First Island Chain in the unfortunate event of a Sino-American war. Show More Summary

The Link Between Mental Health And Gun Violence

I’ve previously cataloged mental health professionals and their reaction to the notion that their patients perpetrate violence more frequently than others. Clinicians treating patients hear their fears, anger, sadness, fantasies and hopes, in a protected space of privacy and confidentiality, which is guaranteed by federal and state laws. Show More Summary

Scott Walker, Immigration And Guns

Have you considered Scott Walker as a viable candidate for the GOP nomination for President?  Think again. On the surface, Scott Walker seems like a gun owner’s dream candidate for president. The Wisconsin governor is backed by the National Rifle Association, which lauds his signing into law concealed carry and castle doctrine legislation. The “On […]

Gun Manufacturers And Connecticut

Hartford Business: Connecticut gun makers and dealers say they want to leave the state but actually pulling the trigger on a move has been easier said than done. Nearly two years after threatening to leave Connecticut entirely after lawmakers passed comprehensive gun control laws following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, only one gun manufacturer […]

Logistics Is Everything: Lessons From The Ukraine

NYT: DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — In a cramped kitchen that smelled strongly of cabbage and beets, a small army of women labored into the night, preparing what would become dried borscht to supply Ukrainian soldiers in the field. One Ziploc bag of the borscht, which looks something like wood chips, can feed 10 men and is […]

On the Hagel Firing

Secretary of Defense Hagel was shown the door today in one of those classic Washington scenes that reminds one of a Soviet show trial. We are led to believe that Mr. Hagel initiated this process himself, and that is entirely possible,...Show More Summary

AEI/Heritage Project for the Common Defense Weekly Read Board

Navy: "The Large Deck Carrier: Doctrinal Roles and Campaign-Level Value," by Jon Solomon (Information Dissemination, 11/17/14) "Admiral Greenert Speaks: What Should the U.S. Navy's New Maritime Strategy Look Like?" by Janine Davidson...Show More Summary

Some Thoughts on Salami Tactics and Diplomatic “Offramps"

My SSQ article on conventional deterrence last winter focused primarily on deterring relatively low likelihood but severe consequence ‘high-end’ contingencies involving Chinese aggression in East Asia. One apt commenter noted that IShow More Summary

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