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#BookReview – Essence of Decision – Reviewed by David Hood

Graham Tillett Allison Jr. is an American political scientist and professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is renowned for his contribution to the bureaucratic analysis of decision making. Philip David Zelikow is an American attorney, diplomat and academic. He is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Allison published Essence of Decision: Explaining the Cuban Missile [...]

By |June 7th, 2020|Book review, Leadership|0 Comments

#BookReview – Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace – David Hood

Edward Luttwak is a political scientist known for his works on grand strategy, military history, and international relations. Moving to the United States (US) in 1972, Luttwak received a Doctorate in International Studies in 1975 and has served as a consultant to the US National Security Council; the US Department of State; and the US Army, Navy, and Air Force. While [...]

By |April 19th, 2020|Book review, Education, History, Review, Strategy|1 Comment

#BookReview – Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War IIReviewed by Jo Brick

Phil Haun (ed.), Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2019. Illustrations. Appendices. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Notes. xvi+297 pp. Let us not be zealots. Let us not plunge thoughtlessly from the old and known to the new and untried. Let us [...]

By |April 5th, 2020|Air Power, Book review|0 Comments

#BookReview – Military StrategyReviewed by David Hood

Rear Admiral Joseph Caldwell (J.C.) Wylie Jr. served the United States Navy from 1928 until 1972. During that period, he was wartime sailor, executive officer, and commander, as well as chief of staff at the Naval War College. However, he is best known for his 1967 book Military Strategy: A General Theory of Power Control, [...]

By |March 29th, 2020|Book review, Strategy|Comments Off on #BookReview – Military StrategyReviewed by David Hood

#BookReview – From Kites to Cold War – Reviewed by Travis Hallen

Tyler Morton, From Kites to Cold War: The Evolution of Manned Airborne Reconnaissance. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2019. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. Index. Hbk. 328 pp. Hindsight tends to make the contingent seem predestined. This is why reading history is essential for those responsible for planning for the future. When military professionals engage with history [...]

By |February 2nd, 2020|Air Power, Book review, History|Comments Off on #BookReview – From Kites to Cold War – Reviewed by Travis Hallen

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Childhood’s EndJames Groves

James Groves joins us to review Arthur C. Clarke’s 1952 book, Childhood’s End. He suggests the book’s dystopian vision of omniscient surveillance illustrates the potential for AI to fundamentally undermine the very things that make us human. Ubiquitous surveillance. Omnipresent sensors. Centralised processing. Deep learning. Intelligent surveillance readies itself to record the next move and, [...]

By |February 27th, 2019|AI, Book review, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Childhood’s EndJames Groves

#SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Good News from the VaticanShane Dunn

Shane Dunn joins our #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War series to discuss Good News from the Vatican by Robert Silverberg. The book presents a thought-provoking discussion on human perceptions the strengths, weaknesses, and proper place of artificial intelligence. The science fiction story considered here is Good News from the Vatican by Robert Silverberg [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|AI, Book review, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI, and the Future of War: Good News from the VaticanShane Dunn

#Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: The Long EarthTravis Hallen

Our next contributor to our #scifi #AI series is a long-time advocate of The Central Blue, Wing Commander Travis Hallen with his review of The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. The series underscores the imperative to understand the relationship between ‘superior’ humans and the ‘dim bulbs’ – those who understand and [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|AI, Book review, Future Warfare, Review, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: The Long EarthTravis Hallen

#SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: Colossus: The Forbin ProjectMichael Spencer

The next contribution in our #Scifi, #AI and the future of war series comes from Michael Spencer, who reviewed the 1970 movie; Colossus: The Forbin Project. This movie encourages us to consider human cognitive ability when creating AI systems and code. It calls into question our (in)ability to define and design systems that consider all [...]

By |January 23rd, 2019|AI, Book review, Ethics, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #SciFi, #AI and the Future of War: Colossus: The Forbin ProjectMichael Spencer

#Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: AccelerandoAndrew Cruickshank

We welcome Andrew Cruickshank to our #Scifi #AI series with his review of Charles Stross’ 2006 book, Accelerando that explores the notion of a singularity. He highlights the challenge of noticing change and finding causality if change is constant and causality is beyond human comprehension. Singularity stories are now a staple of science fiction, but [...]

By |January 16th, 2019|AI, Book review, Ethics, Fiction, Future Warfare, Science Fiction|Comments Off on #Scifi, #AI and the Future of War: AccelerandoAndrew Cruickshank