Irregular Warfare and Defense News

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  • An Inflation Surprise, and New Rules on Gun Sales
    by Tracy Mumford, Ben Casselman, Katie Rogers, Ian Stewart, Jessica Metzger and James Shield on April 12, 2024 at 5:48 pm

    Plus, state dinner pomp and diplomacy.

  • Do Androids Dream of Disorienting Maps?
    by Nick Danforth on April 12, 2024 at 5:30 pm

    This is a sneak preview of Mid-Afternoon Map, our exclusive members-only newsletter written by Nick Danforth that provides a cartographic perspective on current events, geopolitics, and history from the Caucasus to the Carolinas. To get Mid-Afternoon Map in your inbox – and to gain access to all of our members-only podcasts and newsletters, including The Russia Contingency with Mike Kofman, The Adversarial and In Brief newsletters, and podcasts including The Insider and Unspent Rounds […]

  • 4/12/24 National Security and Korean News and Commentary
    by Dave Maxwell on April 12, 2024 at 1:07 pm

    4/12/24 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE. Access Korean News HERE. National Security News Content: 1.  In the Arctic, American commandos game out a great-power war 2. Joint Vision Statement from the Leaders of Japan, the Philippines, and the United States | The White House 3.  Fact Sheet: Celebrating the Strength of the U.S.-Philippines Alliance | The White House 4. Readout of President Biden’s Meeting with Philippine […]

  • South Korea’s Grand Strategy
    by Ramon Pacheco Pardo on April 12, 2024 at 10:15 am

    On Wednesday, April 10, the Clements-Strauss Asia Policy Program hosted Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Professor of International Relations at King’s College London and the KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Pacheco Pardo discussed his book, South Korea’s Grand Strategy: Making Its Own Destiny. Image: White House The post South Korea’s Grand Strategy appeared first on War on the Rocks.

  • Operationalizing a Doctrine for U.S. Economic Statecraft
    by Alex Zerden on April 12, 2024 at 7:45 am

    The opening salvos of the U.S. response to Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine came from an unlikely place. As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pleaded for ammunition, Commerce and Treasury Department officials rapidly deployed extensive and novel economic weapons against Russia. In Washington, these measures represent the elements of economic statecraft, an important but largely undefined concept. Since at least 2011, senior government officials have used the concept of economic […]

  • U.S. Sends a Top General to Israel Amid Fears of Iranian Strikes
    by Cassandra Vinograd and Eric Schmitt on April 12, 2024 at 7:19 am

    The visit of Gen. Michael E. Kurilla, the U.S. military commander in the Middle East, came as diplomats sought to avert a wider war.

  • What a Terror Attack in Israel Might Reveal About Psychedelics and Trauma
    by Natan Odenheimer, Aaron Boxerman and Gal Koplewitz on April 11, 2024 at 9:01 pm

    Thousands of Israelis were using mind-altering substances when Hamas-led fighters attacked a desert festival on Oct. 7. Now, scientists are studying the ravers to determine the effects of such drugs at a moment of extreme trauma.

  • Rewind and Reconnoiter: Policy Priorities for Sustaining U.S. Semiconductor Leadership with Jeffrey Bean and Stephen Ezell
    by Jeffrey D. Bean on April 11, 2024 at 5:30 pm

    In 2021, Jeffrey Bean and Stephen Ezell wrote “When the Chips are Down: Policy Priorities for Sustaining U.S. Semiconductor Leadership” for War on the Rocks, in which they argued that in order for the United States to retain advantage in critical semiconductor technology, the government should to surmount policy challenges including export controls and allied cooperation. In response to intensifying competition between the United States and China over semiconductor technologies, we asked […]

  • 4/11/24 National Security and Korean News and Commentary
    by Dave Maxwell on April 11, 2024 at 2:24 pm

    4/11/24 National Security and Korean News and Commentary Access National Security News HERE. Access Korean News HERE. National Security News Content: 1. ASD SO/LIC, USSOCOM and USCYBERCOM Senate Testimony 10 April 2024 2. Hamas May Not Have Enough Living Hostages for Cease-Fire Deal 3. Biden Aims to Project United Front Against China at White House Summit 4. Former top military officers push back on Trump immunity claim 5. Esper: Former military leaders should stay out of Trump […]

  • Pattern of Collapse in North Korea
    by Dave Maxwell on April 11, 2024 at 12:34 pm

    Pattern of Collapse in North Korea Dave Maxwell Thu, 04/11/2024 – 8:34am The purpose of this paper is to examine foreseeable patterns of social infrastructure collapse, as brought on by severe resource shortage, and to provide a perspective of the subsequent effects upon the nKorean administrative and political systems.  This paper will discuss general, baseline political consequences resulting from these shortages, and link these consequences to a framework of phases leading to […]