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War from the skies: The rise of US strategic airpower under Trump

April 29, 2017

By Hemant Shivakumar A few weeks ago, the US military dropped a ten-ton Massive Ordinance Air Blast (MOAB) to purportedly take out ISIS-K militants operating close to the Pakistan border (in Nangarhar province) in Eastern Afghanistan. Employing a high-wattage munition against an asymmetrically weaker group signaled the Trump administration’s unprecedented, high-stakes approach towards tackling non-conventional … Continue reading “War from the skies: The rise of US strategic airpower under Trump”

The Challenge of Operational Assessment in Contemporary Conflict

February 19, 2017

By: Noah Cooper The immutable nature of war suggests that despite the form of warfare undertaken by the belligerents, conflict is a duel between opponents vying to subdue the other. The type of war dictates the character of the conflict and is subject to the myriad variables that influence its dynamics. For instance, there are … Continue reading “The Challenge of Operational Assessment in Contemporary Conflict”

Brainjacking: The uncomfortable truth of bio-technology

October 3, 2016

By: Cheng Lai Ki On July 25 2013, renowned hacker and information security expert Barnaby Jack was discovered dead at his San Francisco apartment. As a bearer of an implanted device himself, he was known for exposing security vulnerabilities of implanted medical devices, such as in insulin pumps  ‘that could be [programmed] to dispense a … Continue reading “Brainjacking: The uncomfortable truth of bio-technology”

Turkey’s President Erdoğan counter-coup cleanup

September 5, 2016

By: Kyle R. Brady Is President Erdoğan ignoring the lessons of the Iraq War at his peril? Following the July 2016 coup attempt in Turkey[1] — wherein factions within the Turkish military and government allegedly conspired to depose President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan[2] — the government of Erdoğan now faces a serious and growing threat:  a potential insurgency found within … Continue reading “Turkey’s President Erdoğan counter-coup cleanup”

UK Defence Analysis: Reduced capabilities amid growing threats

August 7, 2015

By Dan Zamansky & Hugh Pickering-Carter: This article summarises the changes in British military capabilities compared with their state in 1985, whilst also discussing their relevance to the current security context; focusing upon the threat of terrorism, Iran’s nuclear weapons programme and Russia’s military involvement in the Ukraine. The article makes two main arguments: first, … Continue reading “UK Defence Analysis: Reduced capabilities amid growing threats”

The paradox of Brazil’s militarised public security

July 11, 2014

By Christoph Harig: Brazilian politicians have promised that the country would inherit lasting improvements from the World Cup. Among the many contested possible legacies, it is almost certain that the Armed Forces further enhanced their capability of performing domestic missions. About 57,000 soldiers took part in the 150,000-strong security force – the largest in the … Continue reading “The paradox of Brazil’s militarised public security”

General John de Chastelain: Reflections on the introduction of women into combat roles in the Canadian military

June 25, 2014

By Joana Cook, Managing Editor, Strife Interview conducted on 8 May 2014. Graduating from military college in 1960 with a commission in the Canadian Army, John de Chastelain rose quickly through the ranks. In 1989, he was promoted to General and appointed Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS). During his tenure, the Canadian military was … Continue reading “General John de Chastelain: Reflections on the introduction of women into combat roles in the Canadian military”

"On the real terms of equality"

May 30, 2014

By Jill S. Russell: Surveying the landscape of current news stories on women is grim. There were the raped and lynched Indian girls, the stoned pregnant Pakistani woman, Farzana Parveen, a victim of honour killing and the 270 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. The list continues with threats to lash Iranian actress Leila Hatami; the pregnant Merium … Continue reading “"On the real terms of equality"”

No guts, no glory

April 24, 2014

By Matthew Bell: Would an independent Scotland be missing some essential body parts? How do you create a new country? Not a question many of us have had to ask, but one surely on the minds of thousands of Brits worrying what independence would mean for the security we have all come to take for … Continue reading “No guts, no glory”


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