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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

Unconstitutional Invasion And Abuse Of Home Schoolers By Police

World Net Daily: A Missouri homeschooling family is suing a sheriff and another officer who forcibly entered their home without a warrant, Tasered the father, pepper-sprayed the mother and put their children in the custody of social service workers. A court already has ruled that the actions of Sheriff Darren White and Capt. David Glidden […]

Stop The Insanity: Ban Guns

Tallahassee Democrat: It’s the guns, stupid. The shootings Thursday at the Florida State University library. The shootings Saturday in a northwest Tallahassee neighborhood. The shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Show More Summary

Female Soldiers Apply To Ranger School

Military.com: The U.S. Army’s top officer said he expects between 70 and 80 women to apply to become the first-ever female students at Ranger School. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno cited the figures on Wednesday during an interview at Atlantic Media’s Defense One conference in Washington, D.C. When asked how many women will […]

NYPD “Accidental Discharge” Kills Unarmed Man

New York Post: A rookie cop fatally shot an unarmed man inside a dimly lit Brooklyn housing project stairwell late Thursday — igniting an investigation by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau, authorities said. Peter Liang and his partner, Shaun Landau, also a rookie, entered at the eighth floor at the Pink Houses at 2724 Linden Blvd. […]

Some State Secrets Cases Are a Secret, Govt Says

The government has occasionally invoked the state secrets privilege in a legal proceeding without ever publicly revealing that it had done so, government attorneys disclosed in a pending state secrets case this week. Last September,Show More Summary

Internships in the Federal Government, and More from CRS

New products from the Congressional Research Service obtained by Secrecy News include the following. Intelligence Authorization Legislation for FY2014 and FY2015: Provisions, Status, Intelligence Community Framework, November 20, 2014 U.S. Show More Summary

GAO: Navy Carrier Will Be Incomplete, Cost More at Delivery

The Navy plans to meet the $12.9 billion cost cap for its new aircraft carrier by accepting the ship unfinished and spending more money afterward, according to a report by the government's watchdog agency.

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