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China, Taiwan, and the Challenge of Military Transformation

Early on the morning of Jan. 17, 1991, began a series of events that have had a considerable impact on Chinese military modernization and the military balance across the Taiwan Strait. 1,010 more words

My Publications

Thailand and Singapore - crises and...opportunities in 2015

Some interesting news and insights from two Southeast Asian countries.

First, in Thailand, Shawn Crispin writes in The Diplomat exploring the possible deeper background, the players, and ultimately the causes of the Bangkok Erawan Shrine bombings, in ‘ 1,223 more words


Human terrains, all-too-human flaws

When I was in graduate school, I attended a guest lecture* on the the US military’s ‘Human Terrain System’ (HTS) that was being pioneered in Afghanistan from the second half of the 2000s. 179 more words

Civil Society

Ball Bearings Innovation: The Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Increments of Transformational Change

This is the fourth of several posts running on Defence-in-Depth over the next few weeks arising out of the Military Learning and Innovation Roundtable held at the Joint Services Command and Staff College on Wednesday 17 June 2015. 689 more words

Better Talk About Your Problems

Last week the Russian MOD put on an extravaganza.  Army-2015 was a huge public exhibition of the latest and greatest Russian military technology and equipment.  It was a major patriotic event designed to boost the average Russian’s pride in his or her armed forces. 703 more words

Force Modernization

Public Views of the Armed Forces in Britain: Misperceptions and Implications in 2015


A new survey by Ipsos MORI and King’s College London has provided a fascinating insight into the way publics view their armed forces. 743 more words