FIGHTING OVER THE LAW OF WAR

International law can actually be a very powerful tool in the regulation of warfare In 1907 the major powers of the world gathered in the Netherlands for the Second Hague Conference. Building on the agreements of the First Hague Conference of 1899 the participants noted that many warring parties were not observing the international laws […]

THE MAN IN THE MACHINE: IS AVIATION’S WEAKEST LINK THE PILOT?

It wasn’t long before the aircraft were able to fly to much greater altitudes and at greater speeds and get into an environment where humans just could not function correctly and humans became sort of the weak link or the limiting factor Anyone who watches military aviation knows that many believe the F-35 will be […]

IT’S ONLY A PRE-WAR PERIOD IN HINDSIGHT

The Army prides itself on being able to learn, but it also has shown throughout history it also forgets pretty quick too. A BETTER PEACE welcomes Brian Linn and Conrad Crane to discuss the inter-war periods throughout U.S. history and what they’ve meant to the further development of the U.S. Army. WAR ROOM Senior Editor […]

THE GENERAL STAFF THAT WASN’T

The charter was…to look at preparation of the Navy for the defense of maritime security and the coasts In the early 1900’s the U.S. Navy found itself creating strategy in an ad hoc manner in the midst of modernization and calls for officer corps structure and education reform. In response the Secretary of the Navy […]

CHASING THE DELTA: A PITFALL OF THE MILITARY’S ‘CAN-DO’ ETHOS

an organization trained to overcome the seeming impossible will have a natural blind spot for the actual impossible Most readers who have served within a high-level headquarters will have at least once thought to themselves: “This will end badly.” That statement is not meant to be particularly cynical or pessimistic. Rather, it simply recognizes the […]

“GOOD ALLIES”: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON AFGHANISTAN

War is complex. States often have multiple objectives for sending their sons and daughters in harm’s way Editor’s Note: In February 2019, the Institute for the Study of War and Strategy (ISWS) of the University of St. Andrews and the U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) brought together 11 scholars, each representing the view of […]