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A Case for Emplacing U.S. Personnel on Allied Ships in the South China Sea

Note from Jon Solomon: The article below was written by my Systems Planning and Analysis colleague, Jonathan Altman, to expand upon an idea he suggested during one of our running discussions on deterrence dynamics. Creating a credible...Show More Summary

Eugene Volokh On Open Carry

The Washington Post: So the Florida Court of Appeal held Wednesday in Norman v. State. It concluded that the Second Amendment applies to carrying for self-defense outside the home. “A blanket prohibition on carrying [a] gun in public prevents a person from defending himself anywhere except inside his home,” and as such constitutes a “substantial […]

Notes From HPS

Kurt Hofmann: More fundamental, of course, is the fact that the very reason that for the citizenry to be free, we must have a right to keep and bear arms (not, readers will note, a “right to keep and bear sporting goods”) that shall not be infringed, is that we must have access to weapons […]

AEI/Heritage Project for the Common Defense Weekly Read Board (Navy)

"The Navy's Gigantic Railgun is Almost Ready for Prime Time," by Tyler Rogoway (Foxtrot Alpha, 02/09/15) "Fat Leonard Scandal Jams Up Dozen of US Navy Flag Moves," by Chris Cavas (Defense News, 02/09/15) "The Navy Just Sank Its High-Speed...Show More Summary

Type 093/094 updates

Recently, there was an article from Taiwanese magazine talking about newly launched hulls of the improved Type 093 program. Since I don't normally trust sources that I have not vetted, I decided to take a deeper look into my notes from...Show More Summary

Civilian Casualties Spike as Afghan Forces Take Lead

Civilian casualties in Afghanistan sharply increased last year as government forces fought increasingly deadly battles with insurgents across the country, the United Nations reported Wednesday.

Houston Police Union Mocks Open Carry

Just not open carry for cops.  Raw Story: A Texas police chief belittled an open carry activist who claimed there was an easy way to determine who was a “bad guy” with a gun. Chris Hall spoke out last month during a rally at the statehouse organized by Come and Take It – Texas, saying […]

James Wesley Rawles On Unexercised Rights

Survival Blog: Much like a muscle that atrophies with disuse, any right that goes unexercised for many years devolves into a privilege, and eventually can even be redefined as a crime. Open carry was once the norm.  Concerning our founders, “Their laws about children and guns were strict: every family was required to own a […]

US Kicks Off Operation Flintlock Amid Regional Tensions

U.S. special operations forces kicked off three weeks of counterterrorism drills Monday in a series of western African states -- including Niger and Chad -- despite recent strikes by the insurgent group Boko Haram.

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