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U.S. Ground Forces: Not Ready For A Big War

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Monday, March 21, 2016

This past week, we heard from multiple service chiefs that key components of our military, particularly our land forces, may not be ready for a “big war” of the sort we’d face with China or Russia—or for a combination-play conflict against two second-tier foes, such as Iran and North Korea.

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Killing The Neighbors: 101 Years Of Genocide In Conflict

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Monday, March 14, 2016

The genocide against Middle-Eastern Christians approaches its endgame, while Western leaders look away as resolutely as they ignored the Holocaust when it was happening. In time, there will be crocodile tears and, perhaps, a museum designed by an in-demand architect. 

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Putin And Patton In Syria

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The term “culminating point” in military operations describes the stage of an offensive at which the heretofore successful attacker is about to outrun his advantages, whether in numbers, materiel or psychological leverage on the defender.

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Corbett Vs. The Caliphate: What A Long-Dead Naval Strategist Tells Us About Combatting Islamic State

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Friday, October 2, 2015

Julian Corbett (1854-1922) has long been hidden in the shadow of Clausewitz and by the baneful glare of modern think tanks. Renowned as a naval thinker, Corbett was far more—and ever adept at pointing out how absolute theories collapse when faced with reality.

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The Wild West, The Wild South, And The Pope: What The Pundits Missed In Pope Francis’ Address To Congress

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Those who study history hear differently. In his magnificently crafted address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on September 24th, Pope Francis raised an issue that commentators overlooked or, at best, misread...

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Deep History And Europe’s Migrant Crisis: The Media Present A Dishonest, One-Sided Picture

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Friday, September 18, 2015

As I write, guards are using water cannons and tear gas to turn back Middle Eastern migrants and refugees storming Hungary’s border. The media are on the side of the migrants. History sympathizes with the Hungarians.

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Marks Of Weakness, Marks Of Woe: When The U.S. Goes Weak, Russia Strikes

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Monday, September 14, 2015

Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, is piling on military support for the faltering Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. And Washington is shocked—as Washington’s always shocked when the predictable-but-distasteful becomes reality. Unlike the current U.S. administration, Putin doesn’t abandon embattled allies.

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Defending the Indefensible: NATO’s Baltic States

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Expanding NATO to include the Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia was a moral imperative and politically irresistible. Militarily, it was folly.

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Words Are Not Nearly Enough

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Wednesday, February 18, 2015

When all is said and done—or, rather, after much has been said and little done—the only way to deter a military aggressor is by demonstrating equal resolve and superior capabilities. Diplomacy, economic sanctions, and “pre-game” rhetoric all have their place, but the actions necessary to make President Putin think again before plunging ahead with his long-range program of conquests are all military in nature, save one.

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Terror Now

by Ralph Petersvia Analysis
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Although we have become much more capable at detecting terror threats to the homeland, our enemies are determined and ingenious. The most-frequent threats we will face are lone-wolf or small-group terrorists inspired by notions of jihad but acting in relative autonomy; however, Islamist fanatics will not stop attempting to stage dramatic large-scale strikes against the United States.

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