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The SR-71B Blackbird, flown by the Dryden Flight Research Center as NASA 831, slices across the snow-covered southern Sierra Nevada Mountains of California after being refueled by an Air Force tanker during a December 1994 flight. SR-71B was the trainer version of the SR-71. Notice the dual cockpit to allow the instructor to fly the airplane.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

Use Their Force: Interstate Security Alignments and the Distribution of Military Capabilities

Thu., Jan. 20, 2022 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: J. Andrés Gannon, Postdoctoral Fellow, International Security Program

Why do capable states sometimes possess seemingly inefficient militaries that leave them vulnerable to security threats? The speaker argues that vulnerable force structures are not just the result of poor planning or resource constraints; rather, these observed "inefficiencies" are often a strategically motivated decision to specialize one's force structure. States can engage in strategically motivated functional differentiation by specializing their militaries when they engage in cooperative security alignments. 

Everyone is welcome to join us online via Zoom! Please register in advance for this seminar: