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Directed Energy Weapons: Realigning the Asymmetry of Warfare?

August 10, 2011

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Every so often new technologies arise that enhance national security and that change the way offensive and defensive strategies are designed in warfare leaving past technologies obsolete or less effective.  The U.S. is unlocking one such game-changing technology: directed energy weaponry.  Much in the way that Will Snider’s article on the use of drone technology […]

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Weighing in on America’s Military Readiness

July 19, 2011

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    The U.S. is facing an obesity epidemic that prevents as many as 30% of adults from participating in military service. This is troubling news for a country that is embroiled in three conflicts overseas and has tired its all-volunteer military with repeated deployments. The C.I.A. claims that the U.S. has approximately 145 million […]

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Rare Earth Metals: A Hi-Tech Wonder With a Price

May 31, 2011

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Do you drive a hybrid or a hydrogen-battery powered car, use an i-pod or i-phone, laptop, DVD/blu-ray player or have you ever needed an x-ray?  If the answer is yes to any of the above, then you’ve used a technology that requires rare earth metals.  Don’t know what they are?  Most people don’t, or aren’t […]

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