Table of Contents

The Military of the Future

Winter 2014


Chuck Vest, RIP

Kevin Finneran

From the Hill

Congress passes budget deal, launches frenetic appropriations activity; House, Senate release COMPETES Act discussion drafts; Congress in brief; Agency updates

Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Transport

Parth Vaishnav, Iddo K. Wernick

Sea Power in the Robotic Age

Bruce Berkowitz

Universal Conscription as Technology Policy

Brad Allenby, Mark Hagerott

In a world where battles are increasingly fought by robotic vehicles and computer malware, national security may not be well-served by a small, culturally homogeneous military. Is it time to bring back the draft?


Edward Burtynsky

All Adaptation Is Local

William A. Stiles Jr.

Attention to the political context of coastal communities will be necessary if the United States is to improve on its current storm-by-storm approach to climate adaptation.

The GMO-Suicide Myth

Keith Kloor

My Brain is My Inkstand

When All Models Are Wrong

Andrea Saltelli, Silvio Funtowicz

More stringent quality criteria are needed for models used at the science/policy interface, and here is a checklist to aid in the responsible development and use of models.

Book Review: The zombie enlightenment and its discontents

Steve Fuller

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty
, by
Nina Munk.

Book Review: Lighting the way

Jody A. Roberts

A Short Bright Flash: Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse
, by
Theresa Levitt.

Book Review: The end of the wild, wild Net

Rex Hughes

Regulating Code: Good Governance and Better Regulation in the Information Age
, by
Ian Brown and Christopher T. Marsden.