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Institute for the Study of War. Hard truths about Europe’s soft power. Nick Witney is a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and was the first chief executive of the European Defense Agency.

Hard truths about Europe’s soft power

In the run-up to last December’s European Union defense summit, British General Nick Houghton warned that the United Kingdom’s armed forces risked being “hollowed out.” Too little of Britain’s reduced defense budget was being spent on personnel, he noted, and too much on “exquisite” equipment bought for the wrong reasons. Forces armées françaises. Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre.

Forces armées françaises

Les Forces armées françaises, souvent appelées « Armée française » dans le langage courant, constituent la force militaire de la République française chargées de la défense du pays et de la protection des intérêts nationaux de la France. Elles sont composées de quatre grandes forces dont trois sont placées sous l'autorité exclusive du ministère de la Défense[4] : Military doctrine. It is a guide to action, rather than hard and fast rules.

Military doctrine

Doctrine provides a common frame of reference across the military. It helps standardize operations, facilitating readiness by establishing common ways of accomplishing military tasks. Doctrine and Training Publications. The Army's Learning-and-Adapting Dogma. The idea of “learning and adapting” in war, and in particular how well or poorly this has happened with counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, has consumed the American military and especially the U.S.

The Army's Learning-and-Adapting Dogma

Army. However, this hyper-focus on learning and adapting has prevented the military from stepping back and objectively assessing the overall strategic and political worth of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Military history shows quite conclusively that it is natural for military organizations to learn and adapt in war. The crucial issue, however, is how well or poorly they do it. At the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Confederate general Robert E. But the notion of learning and adapting in war has taken on a very special meaning for the American military—again namely the Army—with Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq: 49 steps to failure in one crazy chart. What Kenya's Mall Siege Reveals About the Urban Future of War. CGSC - Command and General Staff College.

Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) Digital Library. Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) Digital Library. Military Review, September-October 2003. What Kenya's Mall Siege Reveals About the Urban Future of War. Présence maritime militaire en Méditerranée. Computer simulations suggest war drove the rise of civilizations. According to British historian Arnold Toynbee, “History is just one damned thing after another.”

Computer simulations suggest war drove the rise of civilizations

But Peter Turchin of the University of Connecticut in Storrs questions this premise and then tries to answer it in a new study just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ingérence délibérée sous prétexte douteux ! The Water Hegemon by Brahma Chellaney. Exit from comment view mode.

The Water Hegemon by Brahma Chellaney

Click to hide this space NEW DELHI – International discussion about China’s rise has focused on its increasing trade muscle, growing maritime ambitions, and expanding capacity to project military power. One critical issue, however, usually escapes attention: China’s rise as a hydro-hegemon with no modern historical parallel. No other country has ever managed to assume such unchallenged riparian preeminence on a continent by controlling the headwaters of multiple international rivers and manipulating their cross-border flows. La carte des pays arabes face à une éventuelle intervention en Syrie. General David Petraeus: We must be coldly realistic over the use of force. From G8 to G20 to G-Zero: Why no one wants to take charge in the new global order. As G8 leaders prepare to gather in Northern Ireland on 17 and 18 June, we are reminded of days when American, western European and Japanese officials could credibly claim to set an international agenda.

From G8 to G20 to G-Zero: Why no one wants to take charge in the new global order

Then came the financial-market meltdown of 2008, a catastrophe that made unavoidably obvious that most “problems without borders” can no longer be addressed without substantive support from China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and other emerging powers. Drones by. Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" (History Channel Documentary) L'ONU examine le rôle des ressources naturelles dans les conflits armés. La prise en compte du rôle des ressources naturelles dans les conflits et les opérations de maintien de la paix est indispensable, note le Pnue dans un rapport qui analyse les bonnes pratiques et les voies de progrès à accomplir.

L'ONU examine le rôle des ressources naturelles dans les conflits armés

"Il y a quelques progrès dans la prise en compte systématique du rôle que jouent les ressources naturelles dans l'atteinte des objectifs d'une mission de maintien de la paix", note Achim Steiner, directeur exécutif du programme des Nations unies pour l'environnement. CESA Centre d’études stratégiques aérospatiales. IRSEM. Accueil. Accueil. Association de l'Enseignement Militaire Supérieur Scientifique et Académique.

Images satellite d'un mystérieux avion militaire chinois. Nombreux sont les satellites en orbite autour de notre planète.

Images satellite d'un mystérieux avion militaire chinois

Certains scrutent les mouvements atmosphériques pour prédire la météo, d'autres réalisent des relevés topographiques ou prennent des milliers de photo. Ces yeux "indésirables" ont aperçu un mystérieux avion militaire chinois. GeoEye 1 et IKONOS ont pris des clichés du Y-20 de Xian Aircraft Corporation, le premier avion à réaction de transport longue portée chinois. Ce sont les premières images aussi nettes et il apparaît clairement que cet appareil ressemble trait pour trait au C-17 de l’Air Force construit par Boeing. Cela reste tout à fait logique dans la mesure où les plans du C-17 avaient été volés par des espions travaillant chez Boeing. L’option d’utiliser des réacteurs russes semble la plus probable. [gizmodo] Mariage homosexuel: comment Obama a été contraint de changer son calendrier. Institut des hautes études de défense nationale.

Actualite - CRUISE MISSILES AND NATO MISSILE DEFENSE: UNDER THE RADAR ? Dennis M. GORMLEY. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that the threat of cruise missile proliferation is as equally challenging to NATO as the threat of ballistic missiles.

Actualite - CRUISE MISSILES AND NATO MISSILE DEFENSE: UNDER THE RADAR ? Dennis M. GORMLEY

Over the last two decades, the emergence of cruise missiles and UAVs as a threat has been slow, and governments, particularly the United States, have invested much less in cruise missile defenses than in ballistic missile defenses. Since 2004, however, several new land-attack cruise missile programs have been launched, after a new narrative formed around their strategic value, and as a response to progress achieved by ballistic missile defense systems. Recent cruise missile developments, together with global interest in armed and unarmed UAVs, have worsened the existing threat and may continue to do so. The 7 Greatest Pieces of Trash Talk in the History of War.

#3. Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, the Eastern Front of WWII The Situation: 1941 was an unusually rough year for the Soviet Union, what with that whole German/Romanian/Italian/Hungarian/Finnish/Slovakian invasion going on. This didn't stop 18-year-old Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya from signing up for the Partisan-Reconnaissance Unit No. 9903, where she was tasked with burning down the houses in a Nazi-occupied village (preferably while they were being occupied). The 7 Greatest Pieces of Trash Talk in the History of War.

Some one-liners uttered by historical figures during the heat of battle are so awesome that they seem taken right out of a particularly bombastic Hollywood war movie. But we've already gone over those. The following quotes aren't like that: These are the real-life wartime quotes no one would ever put in a film, because they're simply too badass to believe. The Situation: In 1690, Quebec was about to come under attack by superior English forces from Massachusetts. Institute for Defense Analyses. IDA logo The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is an American non-profit corporation that administers three federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs)- the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing - to assist the United States government in addressing national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise.

It is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. Where the Nation Turns for Independent, Expert Advice. As the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering, the National Research Council's mission is to improve government decision making and public policy, increase public understanding, and promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in matters involving science, engineering, technology, and health.

Our independent, expert reports and other scientific activities inform policies and actions that have the power to improve the lives of people in the U.S. and around the world. The Research Council performs its studies and workshops through six major divisions; Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Earth and Life Studies, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Policy and Global Affairs, Transportation Research Board, and the Gulf Research Program. Regardez ce B-52 Stratofortress effectuer une mission. Malgré leur grand âge (ils volent depuis les années 1950), les B-52 Stratofortress sont toujours l’épine dorsale de le stratégie américaine pour les bombardements. Ces monstres peuvent livrer plus de 30.000 kg de munitions sur n’importe quelle cible dans le monde. Et oui, il peut transporter des armes nucléaires. The e-diplomacy Hub, A real-time window onto digital diplomacy in action.

6 Brilliant Ways Hostages Outwitted Their Captors. Let's face it: As much as we like to pretend that we're all Bruce Willis, if faced with a real-life kidnapper, most of us would react by soiling ourselves, begging for our lives and soiling ourselves some more. Since stories about people continuously pissing their pants aren't that unique or interesting, here are the tales of six real badass hostages who not only kept their cool but managed to foil their kidnappings in awesome ways. Like ... #6. Island Grabbing in Asia. <img style="vertical-align: top;" src="/files/images/pepple_south_china_sea_411_FNL.jpg" alt="" width="411" height="294">A Map of Conflicts in the South China Sea (Sam Pepple / Sample Cartography).

Click to enlarge. Last month, Japanese activists planted their country's flag on one of the Senkaku Islands (which the Chinese call the Diaoyu Islands), a chain claimed by China, Japan, and Taiwan. The move sparked protests in China and inspired headlines in the West, but the provocation was hardly surprising. The three bodies of water in East Asia -- the Sea of Japan (bounded by Japan, North Korea, South Korea, and Russia), the East China Sea (bordered by China and Japan's Ryukyu Islands), and the South China Sea (surrounded by Borneo, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam) -- are home to hundreds of disputed islands, atolls, and shoals.

Top 10 Sieges In History. Throughout the history of warfare, it has sometimes proven necessary—and less costly—to lay siege to an enemy fortification, rather than assault it directly. The drawback with this, of course, is that it could take months, or even years, to get an enemy to capitulate, which is what made wars in the past so lengthy (think about the Hundred Years War, and you get the idea.) Worse, it made conditions for those trapped within the besieged fortress or town often unbearable, leading to starvation and, in a few rare cases, even cannibalism. This was why sieges often resulted in more civilian deaths than military casualties—a situation not seen again until the bombing raids of World War II, when civilian deaths far outnumbered those suffered by the military. History is replete with these unfortunate events, with hundreds being recorded over the last few thousand years. 10. 9. 8. 04/13 > BE Etats-Unis 286 > Les dépenses privées de R&D aux Etats-Unis : les grandes masses budgétaires et les tendances.

Wesley Clark L'origine des guerres en Irak et en Libye. Hundred Days and Waterloo. Inside the Battle of Hoth, A Military View of How The Empire Strikes Out. Test réussi pour le missile intercepteur du Pentagone. Quand il s'agit de défense du territoire, tous les moyens sont bons, et les Etats-Unis dépensent sans compter. Le missile intercepteur était un potentiel futur moyen de défense contre les ogives à haute vélocité, ses recherches avaient été stoppées. Une récente réussite permettra de relancer le projet. Le test a eu lieu il y a à peine quelque jours. Un missile à trois étages, le « Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle », conçu par Raytheon, a été envoyé dans l’Espace et même s’il n’y avait pas de véritables missiles à intercepter, celui-ci a effectué une série de manœuvres programmées avec brio.

Ce missile est conçu pour identifier, verrouiller et éliminer une ogive à haute vélocité lorsqu’elle est dans l’Espace. Big Bets and Black Swans: Foreign Policy Challenges for President Obama’s Second Term.

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La guerre invisible [Docs] - ARTE. EMPIRE17.swf from mapsofwar.com. Visual History of War, Religion, and Government. Hiding the Lockheed Plant during World War II - wow this is amazing! Hidden in Plain View During WW II Lockheed (unbelievable 1940s pictures).

This is a version of special effects during the 1940's. Secret défense. L'intervention française au Mali (opération Serval), qui a démarré de manière fracassante le 11 janvier dernier, était dans les cartons depuis 2009. Une planification de l'état-major, baptisée Requin, prévoyait alors quasiment ce qui advenu cet hiver. Et qui a failli être déclenché à plusieurs reprises sous la présidence Sarkozy... Puis après l'élection de François Hollande, qui juge le dossier malien prioritaire, tout se met en place à partir du 31 octobre 2012. L'offensive des djihadistes en janvier servira de coup de sifflet pour y aller. C'est ce que racontent deux journalistes du Figaro, Isabelle Lasserre et Thierry Oberlé, qui publient un livre, écrit à chaud et de lecture agréable, sur "Notre guerre secrète au Mali".

Le mamouth. Le Fauteuil de Colbert. THEATRUM BELLI. Strategy And Tactics In The American Civil War. The American Civil War Home Page. Le problème naval des Etats-Unis : la concentration navale. Méfions-nous des guerres courtes. Top 10 Most Important Battles in History. Rory Stewart: Time to end the war in Afghanistan. Catégorie:Art de la guerre. Tactique militaire. En Libye, la spirale de l'enlisement. Antoine de Jomini. Basil Henry Liddell Hart. Carl von Clausewitz. Sun Tzu. Afghanistan. Guerres et armements. Atlas, Histoire critique du XXe siècle. The Great Gatsby (1926. Stock d'armes nucléaires en 2009. The Battle of Gettysburg (1913. Powerpointmilitaire-1024x747.