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Aviation Week

SpaceX Crew-2 Cleared For April 22 Launch

 

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Real Clear Defense

Assessing the New Cold War With China

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Breaking Defense

Why Putin Threatens Ukraine

Vladimir Putin

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Aviation Week

NASA Demonstrates Powered Flight On Mars

 

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Real Clear Defense

South Korea on North Korea: Keep On Keeping On

Real Clear Defense

A New Frontier in Global Competition

Real Clear Defense

Ensure our Armed Forces Can Communicate Securely

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Aviation Week

SpaceX Crew-2 Arrives For Launch From KSC

 

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Aviation Week

Sasol Bids To Produce SAF In South Africa

 

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Real Clear Defense

The Next NSS and National Resilience Through Education

The confluence of inadequate civics education, poor media literacy, and deepening polarization in American civic society poses intolerable risks to the vital national interests of the United States. America is unlikely to compete effectively in a 100-Year Marathon or any other long-term competition if it is wracked from within by a sickness that metastasizes throughout the body politic, inhibiting effective action.[1] A critical theoretical and empirical question that should inform the next U.S. National Security Strategy is: what are the policies the United States must enact to educate its citizens thoroughly on their civic responsibilities and to reduce their susceptibility to disinformation created, spread, and/or amplified by adversaries? The U.S. must place greater emphasis on civics education— to include media literacy and critical thinking skills—along with engendering greater civic engagement as fundamental components of any strategy about great power competition.[2] While previous national security strategies highlighted the need for education to meet national objectives—specifically in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)—to maintain a technological and innovation edge over adversaries, a refocus on civic education is just as essential to competition. Adversaries have already and will continue to employ asymmetric methods to undermine U.S. strengths and will gladly exploit vulnerabilities of a highly partisan, civically isolated, poorly informed, and media illiterate society living in an environment rife with disinformation.[3]

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Real Clear Defense

How Will a Withdrawal From Afghanistan Impact the Military?

Children chased plastic bags floating in the pockmarked road but never approached the dusty compound we had been watching for the past two days. Men in black shawls entered and exited the gate, idling their motorbikes in the courtyard before approaching one of the two mud-roofed huts. One male always traveled flanked by bodyguards; the other men kissed his hands when he approached and hugged him as he departed. Sources indicated the compound we watched through our grainy drone feed was a Taliban operational center used to store improvised explosive devices. A plume of smoke and dust erupted from the compound as two Hellfires rocked the target. As the dust began to clear and bodies emerged in the rubble, it was time to move on. The drone camera slewed to the next target to prepare another strike. I switched screens on my computer and began scouring intelligence reports for the night’s raid. Tempo. Being faster. Doctrinal publications taught in stuffy classrooms harped on these tenets in training, but now I understood their implications in a combat zone. While the flat screen TVs, remote controlled drones, and treadmills on our base in Helmand, Afghanistan, might have been sharp departures from the woods of northern Virginia, competing with a thinking, breathing enemy was my first and only opportunity to experience the ethereal “nature of war” I had heard so much about in training.

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Real Clear Defense

The Thirty-Year Success Story Of The V-22 Osprey

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Real Clear Defense

Can the U.S. Still Advise Afghan Security Forces?

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Real Clear Defense

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Warfare

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