Note # 7. Iran’s Shoot-down and a Strategic US Response.

Thomas A. Drohan, Ph.D. The Iranian regime’s shoot-down of an unmanned, non-stealth, hyper-expensive US reconnaissance aircraft in international airspace today was a highly anticipate-able event. One of the challenges we seem to have in trying to think and act strategically is that we regard ourselves as at peace or at war. Legal authorities and bureaucratic permissions reflect this perception. The reality is that we live in a world that is a blend of those two ideal types. Authoritarian states tend to confront and cooperate at the same time. There is no on-off switch of peace or war, or use of […]

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