Austin Bay

Posted September 02, 2015

For some two weeks, last month's Korean confrontation followed the usual script. North Korea committed an ugly act of war. A military face-off began. Pyongyang spewed vitriol and threatened nuclear war.

Posted August 26, 2015

Terrorists rely on concealment in order to launch surprise attacks.

Posted August 19, 2015

Russian dictator and shameless propagandist Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of escalating warfare in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. "I hope there won't be full-scale direct clashes," Putin said while visiting the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.

Posted August 12, 2015

Atom bombs destroying Hiroshima and Nagasaki end the Hollywood version of WW2. It's stunning cinema: a fireball, a cloud, and the curtain drops.

Posted August 05, 2015

Twenty-five years have passed since Aug. 2, 1990, the day Saddam Hussein's forces invaded Kuwait.

Posted July 29, 2015

After suffering two recent attacks by terrorists based in Syria, Turkey has ordered its military forces to prepare to enter Syria en masse and establish a "buffer zone." Turkey, seeking NATO-wide diplomatic affirmation for this risk-ridden decision, then demanded a NATO Article 4 consultation.

Posted July 22, 2015

Six state governors have done what the White House and Department of Defense should have done years ago. In the wake of the deadly July 16 terror attacks in Chattanooga, Tenn., governors in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas have authorized their respective National Guards to bear weapons in order to better protect themselves and their installations.

Posted July 08, 2015

The great East Asian naval arms race has definitely begun. It is and will be quite costly.

Posted July 01, 2015

"Democracy! Whiskey! And Sexy!" an exuberant Iraqi yelled as American soldiers entered his hometown, the southern city of Najaf.

Posted June 24, 2015

In an interview last year on a Texas radio station, I was asked when China would "finally do something" about North Korea's manic threats to launch a nuclear attack.

Posted June 17, 2015

The U.S. is betting that the global trading system's economic rewards ultimately will convince China's leaders to curb their "imperialism with Chinese characteristics."

Posted June 10, 2015

In nationwide parliamentary elections held June 7, Turkish voters rejected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "soft Islamist" power grab.

Posted June 03, 2015

Occasionally referred to as The Three Musketeers Clause, the NATO treaty's Article 5 exemplifies the hard diplomacy that won the Cold War.

Posted May 27, 2015

On May 20, in an "on background" briefing, a "senior State Department official" discussed the recent Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attack on Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's Anbar Province.

Posted May 20, 2015

Determining actionable intelligence, assessing threats (current and emerging), implementing lines of operation to counter threats and forestalling damaging surprise (a process that includes accounting for enemy deception operations) are persistent national security challenges every presidential administration, from George Washington's to Barack Obama's, has confronted.

Posted May 13, 2015

Foreign foes see U.S. presidential election years as opportunities to test and bedevil -- which is a good reason to suspect 2016 will present the American electorate with a violent international challenge.

Posted May 06, 2015

Okinawa's ground battle began April 1, 1945, when four American divisions simultaneously assaulted the 65-mile-long island.

Posted April 22, 2015

Sobering tales of apocalyptic battle, where good and evil fight to an end-of-history finish, pervade religious texts. Romantic variations energize the arts, particularly literature, drama and film.

Posted April 15, 2015

Denmark's Bornholm Island apparently troubles Vladimir Putin's 21st-century Kremlin war planners as much as it vexed their Cold War Soviet-era predecessors.

Posted April 08, 2015

President Barack Obama initially touted his "historic understanding" with Iran as a transformational diplomatic step toward Middle East peace. Two days or so later, the White House called the "understanding" a "preliminary deal. "



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