Roger Howard

Essays

Winning wars in the future may depend not only on how many troops you can put into the field but for how long you can afford to pay high prices for gasoline.

War with Iran does not appear imminent and the prospect has not been a hot electoral issue. But Howard explains why war with oil-producing nations will likely be wholly unanticipated.

Commentary

The United States will be less vulnerable to foreign crises, but it will gain new liabilities.

Administration officials in Washington have been quick to venture fierce criticisms of the forthcoming presidential elections in Iran, which are being held this week to find a successor to the outgoing President Khatami.

 As the mullahs press ahead with the construction of a new heavy water reactor at Arak and resume the production of centrifuges, the prospect of an Iranian nuclear bomb looms increasingly large.

When they prepare to wage America's future wars, the military planners who are tasked with judging the level of enemy resistance should not just consider the morale, military proficiency or material resources of those they will confront.

  The advent of the contemporary media age, in which events across the world are instantly brought before their vast international audiences, brings not only new opportunities and benefits but also new dangers.

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April 16, 2014