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Much Ado about "Killer" Drones

U.S. Navy drone security craft The recent successful test of a swarm of U.S. small boats for escort duties has again triggered questions regarding the use of “killer” drone vehicles. Antiwar groups, legal scholars and even the United Nations have taken strong stands against the use of so-called “killer robots” by the United States. Show More Summary

Terminology: First Strike

One of the most important elements of modern warfare, whether nuclear or conventional, is the first strike. As this concept figures prominently in my writings, I believe it is important to explain up front what I mean when I use the term. Show More Summary

Navy to Commission Amphib Designed for F-35s and No Well Deck

Saturday will mark the formal commissioning of the Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, the USS America -- a big-deck amphib designed to more fully leverage the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.

Lawful Open Carry In Ohio

Via Eugene Volokh, here is Northrup v. City of Toledo Police Div., 2014 WL 4925052 (N.D. Ohio Sept. 30, 2014).  I’ll cite extensively, but not as extensively as Eugene. On the evening of June 16, 2010, Northrup was walking down a street in his neighborhood, with his wife, daughter, grandson, and their Yorkshire terrier, and a […]

Analysis: US-Led Airstrikes Produce Few Gains

After two months, the U.S.-led aerial campaign in Iraq has hardly dented the core of the Islamic State group's territory. The extremist fighters melt into urban areas to elude the threat and have even succeeded in taking new territory from an Iraqi army that still buckles in the face of militants.

Terminology: Campaign Value

Campaign value is a term I frequently use to note that an asset’s budgetary ‘price tag’ or its tactical importance are not necessarily the same thing as its importance to a campaign or a war effort. As I described in the endnotes ofShow More Summary

Universal Background Checks: The Monster That Just Won’t Die

Someone named Carla Axtman is celebrating (perhaps prematurely) the potential passage of I-594 in the state of Washington.  With the gun control money pouring into the fight, this piece of legislation poses a real danger. And the commentaries by the leftists are virtually breathless.  Consider what Alexander Zaitchik says at Salon. Gottlieb’s controversial bill is […]

Notes From HPS

David Codrea: “That is nonsense,” he responded to the contention that arms are needed to defend freedom, revealing just where he stood (still stands?) on citizens resisting the tyranny he now warns against. “If the government wants to take your rights away or imprison you for whatever reason, your owning an assault rifle is not […]

VA Fires 4 Senior Executives in Response to Scandal

The Veterans Affairs Department said it is firing four senior executives as officials move to crack down on wrongdoing following a nationwide scandal over long wait times for veterans seeking medical care.

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