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Australian Army take on the future of war, plus some good thinking on other issues

This document is worth perusing, but hardly earth-shaking. It is the first time I've ever seen an official military document take note of the concept of "R2P," a.k.a. "responsibility to protect" (p. 20, paragraph 64).

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Did the Saudis agree to creating Israel?

So it would seem. I have been reading the World War II diaries of Oliver Harvey, a fairly obscure British diplomat. On Nov. 1, 1941, he wrote that "Weizmann had seen [St. John] Philby, Ibn Saud's man and a converted Moslem, who had said he believed Ibn Saud would be willing to give Palestine to the Jews provided that the Jews financed it and H.M.G. [His Majesty's Government -- i.e., the British] backed him."  

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How I think about what is happening in Iraq today: Our 24-year war continues

I try to stay away from commentary on things like presidential speeches because there already are thousands of reporters and commentators running to the ball like a giant second-grade soccer game.

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New laser cannon run by Xbox controller

This is at once both logical and chilling. Apparently there are huge savings to be realized because soldiers arrived all trained by playing video games. But I wonder if using the weapon to blast human beings to tiny pieces will seem unreal to them. Calling Col. Pryer!

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Is there hope for PME?: Addressing IG report issues at the Naval War College

By Joan Johnson-Freese

Best Defense guest columnist

The Naval War College (NWC) is, in my opinion, the academically strongest program among the professional military education (PME) intermediate and senior schools. Some assert that this is the case because the Navy has largely left the institution to its own devices -- a form of benign neglect under which the institution has flourished.

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