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Well-Trained Partners Are More Likely to Fight

The first pickup laid down suppressive fire with its .50-caliber heavy machine gun; the other pickup—called a “technical” in the many places such makeshift combat vehicles are found—then advanced to the next fold in the sand, braked hard and took up the thundering cadence with its own weapon. The first technical used that suppression to … Continue reading Well-Trained Partners Are More Likely to Fight

Between Two Caesars: The Christians of Northern Iraq

This article about the Christrian militias in northern Iraq first appeared in the Winter 2018 issue of Providence‘s print edition. To read the original in a PDF format, click here. To receive a complete copy of future issues as soon as they are published, subscribe for only $28 a year. Religious and ethnic minorities live … Continue reading Between Two Caesars: The Christians of Northern Iraq

DIFFICULT DECISIONS: PRACTICAL POLICY FOR THE AIR FORCE’S PILOT RETENTION CRISIS

The popular blog John Q. Public caricatures every development in the Air Force as causing impending doom for the service’s pilot retention crisis: One article describes “the worst decision in [the Air Force’s] institutional history,” while another narrates “the exact day the tailspin started”, leaving readers unsure whether it’s tongue-in-cheek or histrionic. The pilot retention … Continue reading DIFFICULT DECISIONS: PRACTICAL POLICY FOR THE AIR FORCE’S PILOT RETENTION CRISIS

CULTURE WARS

How can we study modern warfare through the lens of culture? Different armies fought in different ways for reasons that don’t look very rational without considering cultural context. The ritualized tribal warfare of twentieth-century New Guinea looks more like middle school dodgeball than battle to us, but it probably would have been very familiar to … Continue reading CULTURE WARS

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