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  • Commentary posted August 24, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Nuclear Distraction: Inattention Has Put The U.S. In Danger

    The Iran Deal is the biggest nuclear story of the decade. Yet most Americans are paying little attention. Even the 70th anniversary of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan stirred little interest. Today, nuclear weapons are pretty much “out of sight, out of mind.” That’s quite a change from the Cold War era, when an entire generation of Americans was raised on worrying…

  • Commentary posted August 10, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Grand Theft Auto Cyber-style

    Scientists are seriously trying to prove evildoers can do some mighty malicious stuff to your auto. Some of it sounds straight out of a James Bond movie, like taking control of your car while its speeding down the highway. In response, auto-makers have promised to beef-up cyber-security for your dashboard.  A new study, however, hints at what the real problem really…

  • Commentary posted August 6, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Don't Kill The Killer-Robots--Just Yet

    Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Steve Wozniak headline a list of science luminaries signing on to a letter demanding a universal ban on autonomous weapons. This high profile offensive against nations fielding robotic weapons that allegedly decide for themselves who to attack is the latest in a preemptive effort to block the development of so-called “killer robots.” In May,…

  • Commentary posted August 5, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The New Worry: Military Frets About Taking Down Enemy Drones

    Until recently, most of our attention on drone wars has been about the debate over us going after bad guys with armed flying-robots.  Indeed, America’s drone wars are bigger than ever.  The U.S. just announced it will start conducting armed-drone flights against terrorists in Syria from the American airbase in Turkey. Now, however, the news is all about drones diving on…

  • Commentary posted August 3, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Here's How to Fix U.S. Defense Policy

    It is January 2017. Welcome to the White House, Mr. (or Ms.) President. Your military is shrunk and worn out by war. The nation’s stature in the world stands diminished after years of lackluster statecraft. Americans are grumpy. The economy is not so hot. Plan on righting all that? Get yourself a defense secretary like Melvin Laird. This isn’t the first time America’s…

  • Commentary posted July 31, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. If Iran starts cheating, Netanyahu has no choice but to strike

    The Vienna Agreement overseeing Iran's nuclear program brought no joy to Tel Aviv. "Israel is not bound by this deal with Iran," declared Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, "because Iran continues to seek our destruction." He then added pointedly, "We will always defend ourselves." Of course, Netanyahu is right. Israel, like all nations, has the inherent right of…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Original Member of Bin Laden’s Band Killed in Strike

    The U.S. military claims to have killed Muhsin al-Fadhli in Syria.  A one-time associate of Osama bin Laden, he is reported to have headed a network called the Khorasan Group, responsible for planning al Qaeda’s terrorist attacks on the West. Well, at least we think he is dead. This is the second time the U.S. has claimed to have killed Muhsin al-Fadhli. Also, no word if…

  • Commentary posted July 27, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. When Autos Attack

    A couple of months ago, DARPA Dan made news during a 60 Minutes profile when he showed how scientists could hack into a car’s computer, making it move independently of the driver. Senator Ed Markey got so worked up that he announced new proposed legislation to set standards for “protection against digital attacks and privacy.” Well, this ought to get Markey excited. It…

  • Commentary posted July 23, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. We Should Hunt Terrorists Online -- Since That's Where They Now Operate

    Used to be that, when a crime occurred, investigators would flood the crime scene. Now, they race to access the perpetrator’s footprint in digital space. Often, that’s where they’ll find the most crucial clues. And that’s why the FBI wants to know everything Chattanooga shooter Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez did online. Digital tracing has proved particularly important in…

  • Commentary posted July 22, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Minority Report? It’s Not Science Fiction in NYC

    In the future, top cop Tom Cruise uses sci-fi technology to single out and arrest violent criminals before they commit a crime. The 2002 hit movie seemed like such a super cool idea that Fox is bringing the concept back as a series starting in September. But the cautionary tale, originally penned by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick in 1956, may be more than science…

  • Commentary posted July 21, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Iran may bide its time before breaking nuke deal

    Want to judge the value of an international deal? Grade it not by measuring what it means to the United States, but what it means to the other guy. That’s the standard that ought to be applied to the recently reached Iran deal. Remember the Paris Peace Accords? They were anything but. In 1973, all the U.S. wanted from North Vietnam before the president pulled out every…

  • Commentary posted July 21, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Michaela Dodge We Must Revive Our Moribund Nuclear Force

    Barack Obama is not likely to be mistaken for Teddy Roosevelt. Yes, his foreign policy has been quite soft-spoken—especially when addressing openly hostile states such as Iran. But he has whittled America’s “big stick” down to kindling. While “resetting” with Russia and “engaging” with Iran, Mr. Obama has presided over a tremendous down-sizing of U.S. military strength.…

  • Commentary posted July 20, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Iran's path to the bomb

    Want to judge the value of an international deal? Grade it not by measuring what it means to the United States, but what it means to the other guy. That's the standard that ought to be applied to the recently reached Iran deal. Remember the Paris Peace Accords? They were anything but. In 1973, all the U.S. wanted from North Vietnam before the president pulled out every…

  • Commentary posted July 16, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The Iran Deal: 4 Big Red Flags for the Middle East (And the World)

    Once a major diplomatic agreement is inked, the world typically reacts by holding its breath, waiting to see if it will all turn out alright. Some deals, like the Munich Pact, crumble quickly. Others, like the Camp David accords, hang in there. But, rarely has there been a deal like the one reached in Vienna last night—a deal in which all the nations most closely affected…

  • Commentary posted July 14, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Missing in Action: Where Are the Arabs in the Fight against ISIS?

    Some argue that ISIS in Iraq is an Arab problem. Ergo, it should be Arab boots on the ground that kick the land-grabbing insurgency from the field. That argument has an undeniable appeal here in the United States. America is exhausted with wars. Leading from behind seems an attractive option. There is also the matter of the end game. A security framework requiring…