The Roman Gladius in the 21st Century

As we develop and field new technology in conflicts across the globe, we wrestle with the question of who to equip with the latest technology and how to ethically incorporate these added layers of lethality onto the battlefield. Like we said in an earlier article, commanders and leaders have a duty to make sure that …

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Formulaic, Foreign and Full of $h!t: Cinema in the 21st Century (So Far)

I never understood the folks glued to the latest Netflix series, Amazon special, or HBO Documentary. Most of the content produced just doesn't do it for me. At risk of sounding like a boomer saying "you kids don't know good taste", most of what comes out these days is garbage. I know I'm not alone …

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One Trick Ponies? Western Civilizations and Eastern Civilizations, a comparative view

Through sheer military might, pragmatism and some good stoic thinking, Rome managed to dominate the Mediterranean for centuries. The Greeks were an amalgamation of city states and philosophers that could campaign and do battle quite good, but were too fractured to be a complete and dominating power. Compare this to some of the dynasties in …

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Protests, Potters and the Proletariat: Appealing to the masses through fiction

When one looks at politics, the military, economics, or most situations where high level thinking is needed to make a decisions, we like to think that those in charge are crunching numbers, reading policy and consulting sources. After all, the public wants an honest and thorough review and the ability to hold folks accountable. Unfortunately, the …

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Terrain and War: Terrain as an “equalizer” and constant of war throughout history

Fighting a war in the mountains can be vastly different than fighting a war in a jungle. Some of the principles remain the same, like superior firepower, maneuvering into advantageous positions, and securing your resources, but the terrain and geography an Army fights in can dictate how  a leader goes about establishing and maintaining certain advantages …

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