It was a sunny fall day in the south. I decided I would get out the old HB22 Crosman Benjamin pellet pistol and see if I could zero the sights. Actually, I wanted to do more than zero the sights. I wanted to calibrate the ballistic trajectory and figure out why I couldn’t hit anything when I aimed at it. Continue reading
On 9 May 2013, Cody Wilson received a take-down letter for several CAD plans suitable for 3D printing an operable gun. The letter was sent from the State Department threatening violation of export requirements since Cody’s website and company Defense Distributed was making potentially ITAR controlled documents available on the web. That is strange in light of other documents bearing ITAR controlled statements, such as military aircraft test procedures (see page 2), that are available on the web.
DefCAD.org went off the web in compliance with the take down letter. DefCAD.com is a new search engine dedicated to 3D printing plans.
Several weeks ago, I found myself in a discussion with military strategists about Schrödinger’s half dead cat . Then I came across Beyerchen’s description of Clausewitz as non-linear war, first published in International Security back in 1992. This proximity of these discussions took me to interesting places. Continue reading
Stephen M Walts, in International relations: One World, Many Theories (Foreign Policy Spring 1998) introduces the idea that democracies are thought to be better because they bring peace, liberty, and prosperity. Continue reading
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey has spoken publicly that perhaps the most senior 40 percent members of the armed forces should work outside the military, or even outside of government, in a sabbatical arrangement. This would do more than broaden their development as leaders, Dempsey says. It would also help to reinvigorate the passion senior officers feel about their affiliation with the military. Continue reading