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Asymmetrical Warfare: What We All Missed

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Thursday, April 25, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, I published an essay, “The New Warrior Class,” arguing that our military’s most-frequent opponents in the coming decades would be irregular forces, such as guerrillas, terrorists, militias, pirates, and even criminal networks. Hostile, nuclear-armed states would remain the paramount threat to our existence, but it would be the “all-others” who kept us busy. We needed to prepare for changing battlefields and tenacious, if lesser, enemies.

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A Stitch in Time

by Jean McElwee Cannonvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Belgian women, rescued by US aid during World War I, thanked Americans by sending messages made from traditional lace and needlework. Lou Henry Hoover gathered those fragile reminders of a historic humanitarian moment.

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Siberian Quagmire

by Kyle Duchynskivia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

As the First World War drew to a close, the victorious Allies suddenly found themselves clashing with Bolsheviks in Russia. How that intervention went astray is a tangled, and cautionary, tale.

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Churchill: Walking with Destiny

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Andrew Robertsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Biographer and historian Andrew Roberts, granted exclusive access to archives about Winston Churchill (including the diaries of King George VI), paints a portrait both familiar and fresh.

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Competence and Confidence

by H. R. McMastervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

“Strategic patience” in Asia has run its course. Now we and our allies must prepare for whatever comes next.

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The Secret World War II Mission To Kidnap Hitler's A-Bomb Scientists

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia History
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

One of the Allies' greatest fears during World War II was that Adolf Hitler and his Nazi forces would unleash so-called Wunderwaffen, or “wonder weapons.” Some of the rumored weapons were outlandish, such as earthquake generators and death rays. But others, like bacterial weapons, rockets and new deadly gasses, were entirely feasible. Most concerning? The possibility that the Germans would manufacture—and detonate—an atomic bomb.

In the News

World War II Was A Fight To Preserve Human Freedom

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia The Federalist
Wednesday, April 10, 2019

This summer will mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the day thousands of men landed on the fog-covered beaches of Normandy to attack Nazi Germany’s army. What were these men fighting for? What was at stake for those fighting the deadly World War II? Scholar and professor Victor Davis Hanson answers these questions in a new free online course from Hillsdale College, “The Second World Wars.”

New War for an Ancient Prize

by Ralph Petersvia Military History in the News
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

As the forces of Libyan warlord, self-promoted General Khalifa Haftar, sweep out of Cyrenaica to close on Tripoli, the weaponry has changed but the patterns of military movement remain roughly the same as they have for four millennia.

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Pacific Century: China Challenges Japan And Taiwan

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Friday, April 5, 2019

China Flexes Its Muscles; Will President Trump Respond?

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In Remembrance Of US Entry Into World War I

via The Hoover Centennial
Friday, April 5, 2019

Remembering the war that changed everything.  

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The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.