EUROPEAN STRATEGIC AUTONOMY: ON U.S. TERMS

SO IT WASN’T JUST THE STRATEGIC ENVIRONMENT THAT ENABLED THIS BUT ALSO THE PERSONALITIES SEEMED TO BE RIGHT The United States has been in favor of a more autonomous Europe ever since the end of WWII. But it’s possible that there have been a few mixed messages throughout the years. A BETTER PEACE welcomes Robert […]

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE: MORE THAN JUST TECHNOLOGY

A BETTER PEACE welcomes Gail Fisher and Joel Hillison into the studio to examine the DoD’s approach towards gaining and sustaining the competitive advantage over adversaries across the spectrum of competition. The DoD has no specific doctrine regarding this topic and all too often the response to the challenge falls to the acquisition community in […]

A ZOMBIE ALLIANCE OR ALLIANCE AGAINST ZOMBIES? NATO AT 70 YEARS

one could argue that NATO [is] a rambling, destructive creature carrying on in the body of its former self Last year, WAR ROOM celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Treaty of Brussels, the founding agreement of what would become the European Union. This year there are three important anniversaries to review: The first is the […]

HOW US LEADERSHIP OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMY AFFECTS STRATEGY (ECONOMICS SERIES #3)

Even a big country like the United States can’t efficiently produce everything we need and want The third and final installment in our economic series focuses on how U.S. post-World War II “leadership” in the international system and burgeoning global economy has shaped U.S. strategy ever since. C. Richard Neu and Joel Hillison discuss how […]

PRESERVING PEACE THROUGH ECONOMIC STRENGTH — ECONOMICS SERIES

The real competitive strength of the U.S. is in our [political and economic] system, particularly the interaction between the two. The politics generally keeps its hands off. C. Richard Neu, former economist at RAND and U.S. Army War College Professor Joel Hillison return to the WAR ROOM studio for the second installment of our podcast […]

THE FRAGILITY OF U.S. ECONOMIC PROSPERITY — ECONOMICS SERIES

For the past decade or so, the economics profession has been scratching its head hard to figure out why has [the engine of U.S. production] started to falter? Without question, the state of the U.S. economy shapes the conversation between national leaders and the military over strategies, requirements, and capabilities. But economics is not a […]

ERIN GO BRUSSELS: TREATY OF BRUSSELS AT 70

Five allied powers … set out a bold program of cooperation in areas ranging from cultural and economic cooperation to mutual security. … Most of these ambitions have come to fruition. On March 17th, 2018, millions will celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. However, another significant historical event will pass […]

TRADE IN A ZERO SUM GRAND STRATEGY

The tenor of President Trump’s trade policy harkens back to mercantilism. While mercantilism has reasonable short-term economic benefits, it carries significant long term economic and security costs. Since 9/11, American presidents from Bush I to Obama embraced (to varying degrees) the idea that America’s central place in the international economic system was a key to […]