Top 25 from our first year


Since we launched War on the Rocks on 8 July 2013, we have gone from strength to strength, exceeding our expectations by orders of magnitude.

Here are our 25 most-read articles from 2013:

  1. Benjamin Runkle: “The Lost Lessons of Black Hawk Down
  2. Matthew Hipple: “99 Red Balloons: How War with China Would Start
  3. David Maxwell: “Unconventional Warfare Does Not Belong to Special Forces
  4. Robert Killebrew: “Getting to the Army’s Better Argument
  5. Jason Glab: “Blockading China: A Guide
  6. Thomas Gibbons-Neff: “Is It Like Call of Duty?
  7. Bryan McGrath: “Five Myths about AirSea Battle
  8. John Kuehn: “Carrier Calculus: How Many Do We Need?
  9. Bryan McGrath: “The U.S. Navy: Five Questions to Ponder
  10. Kori Schake: “The Army Needs a Better Argument
  11. Nathaniel Rosenblatt: “ISIS’ Plan to Govern Syria – And What the US Should Do About It
  12. Thomas Gibbons-Neff: “Paul Walker and Civil-Military Relations
  13. Robert Killebrew: “Rapid Deployment: The Army and American Strategy
  14. Frank Hoffman: “Stabbed in the Back – Once Again?
  15. John C. Harvey: “Thoughts on the All-Volunteer Force from Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery
  16. Robert Scales: “Drafted Armies are Self-Killing Machines
  17. Elton C. Parker III: “Aircraft Carriers and What Comes Next
  18. Frank Hoffman: “5 Questions on Future War in the Pacific
  19. Ryan Evans: “When War Isn’t War
  20. David C. Fuquea: “Amphibious Ops in the 21st Century
  21. Phillip Carter: “99 Problems But a Draft Ain’t One
  22. TX Hammes: “Getting Our Money’s Worth: LCS vs Iver Huitfeldt-Class
  23. TX Hammes: “Strategy and AirSea Battle
  24. Scott Cheney-Peters: “How to Not Go to War with China
  25. Ryan Evans: “What’s the Deal with China’s New Air Defense Identification Zone?

Thank you to our readers and contributors! Lift your post-NYE hangover recovery drink into the air and toast to an even more successful 2014 for War on the Rocks.


Image: American troops of the 28th Infantry Division march down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, in the `Victory’ Parade.