Category: Calculus of War

U.S. Department of Defense – Report on China

Two citizens of the United States respond to the latest U.S. Department of Defense Report to Congress on the “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China”. The editor of Strategic Demands focuses in on a predictable result of U.S. nuclear weapons ‘modernization’ and expansion of capabilities…

The US Way of War

With a nod to the publishing team at TomDispatch, this week StratDem takes another look at a subject rarely visited as blood and treasure are drawn and a nation’s health and resources are taxed beyond reason. Echoes of a “delicious” chocolate cake and an infamous line delivered at the Mar-a-Lago “club”. We’ve launched an attack […]

‘Satan’ Sarmat

Via RT — Russia has unveiled the first image of its new thermonuclear missile system, RS-28 Sarmat, nicknamed “Satan-2” by NATO. The MIRV’d Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles, designed to be fitted with hypersonic warheads, are expected to go into production as early as 2018. Tags: Calculus of War; Cold War 2.0; Nuclear Proliferation; Hypersonic Arms Race

The Edge

Today’s Munich Security Conference has Europe on edge – as it should be. The name of the Ukraine derives from Ukraina (оукраина) the “borderland”, from the Proto-Slavic krajь, meaning the “edge”, and the internal war in Ukraine threatens to become the edge of a wider war – a Cold War 2.0

Calculus of War – Airstrikes and Recruitment

The consequences of tactical warfare rarely (if ever) take into account the “blowback”, the mid- and long-term consequences of war. Preponderance of power can deliver shock and awe, devastation, body counts — but collateral damage, the struggle for hearts and minds, the wages of political war are not considered as the drums of war beat […]