Hasty Ambush

Hasty Ambushes are short, sharp, reactive pieces from War on the Rocks contributors. If commentary and analysis are our symphonies, Hasty Ambushes are jazz.


Cronin and Sayler at CNN: MH17 disaster foretells a more dangerous world

Cronin and Sayler at CNN: MH17 disaster foretells a more dangerous world

The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 disaster is a poignant reminder of the randomness of fortune and misfortune. But it also serves as a prelude to…

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We Are Realists Now…or Are We?

We Are Realists Now…or Are We?

Since its foundation, War on the Rocks has aspired to what its founding editor calls an “ecumenical” form of realism. Its first article, introducing the…

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How to Join the People's Liberation Army: Pay Up

How to Join the People’s Liberation Army: Pay Up

As described by Bloomberg Businessweek, in China, joining the army will cost you. To enlist in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), potential recruits have to…

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Transforming NATO for Next Generation Challenges

Transforming NATO for Next Generation Challenges

As NATO’s Heads of State and Government prepare to meet in Wales in September of this year, the organization truly finds itself grappling with a…

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Strategy: These ARE the ends you’re looking for

Strategy: These ARE the ends you’re looking for

In response to B.J. Armstrong’s thought-provoking piece on these pixels last week, I offer a contrary view. There are plenty of “ends” out there—we have…

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United States Assessment of the Downing of Flight MH17 and its Aftermath

United States Assessment of the Downing of Flight MH17 and its Aftermath

The following was posted to the website of the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. The statement says the U.S. intelligence community verified separatist conversations about the…

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Must-Read on WaPo's latest NSA story

Must-Read on WaPo’s latest NSA story

After you read the new NSA story in the Washington Post, read this polite assessment-bordering-on-rebuttal by Benjamin Wittes at Lawfare.  Two money excerpts: Of course incidental…

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