Bruce Berkowitz


Bruce Berkowitz was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He is the author of several books about U.S. national security policy, including American Security (Yale University Press, 1986); Calculated Risks (Simon and Schuster, 1987); The New Face of War (Free Press, 2003); and Strategic Advantage: Challengers, Competitors, and Threats to America's Future (Georgetown University Press, 2008). He was a national fellow at the Hoover Institution in 1983–4 and a research fellow from 2000 to 2008.

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Unfounded Hopes

by Shmuel Bar, Bruce Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

In a nuclear Iran, could we count on a democratic counterrevolution? Hardly.Why we may have to impose a naval blockade instead. By Shmuel Bar and Peter Berkowitz.

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The Wiretap Flap Continues

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Technology and terrorism have changed. Laws on intercepts need to change, too. By Bruce Berkowitz.

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The Wiretap Flap Continues

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

One of the quirks of modern telecommunications is that a message from, say, Peshawar, Pakistan, to Beirut, Lebanon, might easily travel over a fiber-optic cable that passes through the United States...

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Certified Madness

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, April 27, 2007

One of the more interesting sections of the war funding bill Congress will soon send President Bush is its provision for "readiness..."

Lost in Space

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Worried about Beijing’s test of a “killer satellite”? You should be—but not for the reasons you might suppose. By Bruce Berkowitz.

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Strategy For A Long Struggle

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Policy Review
Thursday, February 1, 2007

The threats are more resilient; conflict is more likely.

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Rumsfeld's Place in History

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

An early assessment of the nation’s 21st secretary of defense. By Bruce Berkowitz.

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Debris in Space

by Bruce Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, January 25, 2007

China's foreign ministry acknowledged on Tuesday what the world press had reported for almost two weeks: a test of an anti-satellite weapon in space...

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The Difference Between Victory and Defeat

by Bruce Berkowitzvia New York Sun
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The right technology, Max Boot writes, can give armies an edge that makes a country dominant for centuries…

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The Numbers Racket

by Bruce Berkowitzvia American Interest
Wednesday, September 6, 2006

“How many troops did the United States need in Iraq?” is probably destined to become an iconic foreign policy question, like “Who lost China?” or “Could we have prevented the 9/11 attacks...