Strategic Studies Slapstick: A Review of Patrick Porter’s Looking Back: WWIII Remembered

Dr. Jeffrey H. Michaels Dr. Michaels is Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London In the original script of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr Strangelove, the film concludes with a custard pie fight in the War Room. Thankfully, Kubrick had the good sense to avoid the full slapstick approach and chose to… Read More Strategic Studies Slapstick: A Review of Patrick Porter’s Looking Back: WWIII Remembered

HMS Warrior’s Ignominy: (AI) Technology Adoption Lessons

JASON VAUGHAN Jason Vaughan is an engineer with experience in C4ISR operations and acquisition. He is currently studying for a Masters by Research in Defence Studies with Kings College London, specialising in Artificial Intelligence.  He is also a student on the UK’s Advanced Command and Staff Course. The cohort of ACSC 22 was privileged to visit… Read More HMS Warrior’s Ignominy: (AI) Technology Adoption Lessons

China’s Belt and Road Initiative: a Eurasian Game

REBECCA WARREN Rebecca is a Warfare Officer in the Royal Navy, currently studying at the UK Defence Academy and King’s College London. Her Masters by Research is examining China’s use of economic power in the international system, with particular focus on the Belt and Road Initiative, you can follow her on Twitter here. Two thousand… Read More China’s Belt and Road Initiative: a Eurasian Game

Rising States, Declining States, and the Future of U.S.-Chinese Relations

PROF JOSHUA R. SHIFRINSON Josh Shifrinson is an Assistant Professor of International Relations with the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. His book, Rising Titans, Falling Giants: How Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts was published with Cornell University Press in 2018 (a copy can be ordered here or here).  Additional research has appeared in International Security, the Journal of Strategic… Read More Rising States, Declining States, and the Future of U.S.-Chinese Relations

Is the use of nuclear weapons more likely now? Well, yes…

DR ROD THORNTON Nuclear weapons are, it seems, becoming more and more of a factor in the thinking about how future major wars will be conducted. The recently released United States Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) points to the fact that Washington now wants to increase the size of its nuclear arsenal. Specifically, it seeks to… Read More Is the use of nuclear weapons more likely now? Well, yes…

Current Russian and Chinese ways of warfare: the end (?) of military violence in peer-state conflict

DR ROD THORNTON When it comes to the winning of wars, it might be thought that military organisations today, just as they have always done, would be concentrating their efforts on how best to use kinetic force. Military violence is, after all, what militaries do. But not, it seems, any more – or at least… Read More Current Russian and Chinese ways of warfare: the end (?) of military violence in peer-state conflict

Space Warfare in the Pentagon: In Support of an Independent Space Corps

DR BLEDDYN BOWEN The US Department of Defense and the House of Representatives have been abuzz of late regarding the question of setting up an independent space corps within the US Air Force (USAF).  The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee unveiled their intention to legislate this space corps loosely along the lines of the… Read More Space Warfare in the Pentagon: In Support of an Independent Space Corps

China’s space weapons test ten years on: Behemoth pulls the peasants’ plough

DR BLEDDYN BOWEN This post is based aspects of a forthcoming paper presented at the ISA Annual Convention 2017 in Baltimore, MD. Ten years ago, on 11th January 2007, a road-mobile SC-19 Chinese antisatellite (ASAT) weapons test renewed interest, debate, and occasional polemic hysteria, in the role of space weapons in international security and Sino-US… Read More China’s space weapons test ten years on: Behemoth pulls the peasants’ plough