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The Future of U.S. Primacy: Power to Lead, But No Longer to Command

U.S. policy makers have to adjust from the power to command to the power to lead—from mostly coercive power to mostly strategic planning and maneuvering. America simply lacks the relative military and economic power it enjoyed in the twentieth century. Equally critical to understand, most international conflicts and problems now occur within nations more than between nations. Terrorists and civil wars are much more elusive military targets than troops fighting in battalions.

Trump, Clinton and Foreign Policy: An Interview with Michael Desch

Was Sam Huntington proven right? Will Donald Trump's new directions in foreign-policy rhetoric help or hurt the cause of realism? How interventionist might a Hillary Clinton presidency's foreign policy be? The National Interest editor Jacob Heilbrunn speaks to Notre Dame international relations scholar Michael Desch on these and other topics in a Facebook Live interview.

Russia’s Rising Drone Industry

Currently, Russia operates many types of UAVs that tend to be on the smaller side - its "Zastava", "Orlan, "Tachiyon" and other unmanned systems are small platforms used mostly for information gathering, reconnaissance, observation and communication. These are mostly short-range, simple and largely expendable unmanned aerial systems.

Drone Wars: Defeating the Unmanned Threat Will Require A Firestorm Of Energy

The results of the next Offset Strategy are beginning to appear on the world’s battlefields. Unfortunately, it is not the U.S. military that is deploying these capabilities. Instead it is our competitors and adversaries that are exploiting the revolution in unmanned aerial systems or drones to great effect. After action reports out of eastern Ukraine document how the Russian military and their proxy fighters have employed drones to locate concentrations of opposing Ukrainian forces and, in particular, their headquarters and then provide precision target locations for massed indirect fires.

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