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Targeted Killing of Terrorists

17 Sep 2014 Security Watch

High technology enables the United States and other countries to kill specific terrorists with limited collateral damage. Yet, as Nicholas Rostow reminds us, just because targeted killings may be arguably legal and even ‘prudential’, that doesn’t mean they avoid certain costs. More on «Targeted Killing of Terrorists »


Second Battle of Virgina, courtesy of the US Navy Naval History and Heritage Command.
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Expanding the Naval Canon: Fernando de Oliveira and the 1st Treatise on Maritime Strategy

17 Sep 2014 Security Watch

Is it time for the naval community and beyond to revisit Fernando de Oliveira’s “The Art of War at Sea”? Tiago Mauricio thinks so. The oldest modern treatise on maritime strategy is still relevant enough to foster debates on the nature of strategy and power. More on «Expanding the Naval Canon: Fernando de Oliveira and the 1st Treatise on Maritime Strategy»


HMAS Canberra
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Amphibious Operations and the Evolution of Australian Defense Policy

16 Sep 2014 Security Watch

Are amphibious operations set to play an increasingly important role in Australia’s self-defense? Peter Dean thinks so. As he sees it, the inexorable rise of the ‘Asian Century’ and the United States’ pivot toward the Asia-Pacific region will make such operations a necessity rather than a luxury. More on «Amphibious Operations and the Evolution of Australian Defense Policy»