Wow, what a year! As we reflect on 2021, we may all agree it was certainly a year of many national security challenges, and I hope Lawfire® helped you to understand some of them. Thanks to you, I’m pleased to report that the blog had another great year!
In case you missed some posts, listed below for your convenience is a ‘bakers’ dozen of the most-viewed essays of 2021, followed by some other favorites you may find of interest. Podcasts? You’ll find links to some of the most popular this year.
As you review these lists you’ll see that we were blessed with a truly awesome group of contributors!
You’ll note that some of the most-viewed posts for 2021 actually first appeared in a previous year, but their popularity persists.
Most viewed essays in 2021 (in order):
Yes, the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden was lawful (2019)
Can troops be ordered to take the COVID vaccine? A guest post analyzes the law (2021)
Were Confederate soldiers tried for treason? (2020)
Can Presidents ‘fire’ senior military officers? Generally, yes…but it’s complicated (2016)
Is the Pentagon prepared for its “extremism” stand-down? Six ideas that might help (2021)
Eight leadership lessons from the Navy carrier captain’s case (2020)
ADM Jim Stavridis on the summer’s must-read book: 2034: A Novel of the Next War” (2021)
The dawn of America’s latest (“forever”) conflict: the Ove-the-Horizon War of 2021 (2021)
Why the case against the International Criminal Court (ICC) is the stronger one (2019)
Why an apolitical military is so important in an era of an “All-Volunteer” force (2019)
How high-tech logistics could be game-changing for the US military (2021)
Memorial Day: Honoring those who gave two lives (2018)
Beyond B-52s: Use America’s airpower strategically in Afghanistan and Ethiopia (2021)
Here are some more published in 2021 that you might find of interest (no particular order):
Two misguided ideas that imperial America’s nuclear deterrence
Gen Mattis on law, lawyers, law school and the commanders’ role in military justice
Cyber disruption,” ransomware, and critical infrastructure: A new US understanding of “attack”?
Is it really true that the active duty and veteran ranks are rife with extremists? Get the facts before you decide
Are commercial satellites used for intelligence-gathering in attack planning targetable?
Saluting General Powell: some personal memories and tribute to a truly great American
International law and cyber ops: Q & A with Mike Schmitt about the status of Tallinn 3.0
The law, the Baghuz airstrike, and accusations of a possible “war crime” and “cover-up”
Gary Solis reviews “Reducing Civilian Harm in Urban Warfare: A Commander’s Handbook”
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jack Rives shares “Leadership Thoughts for Lawyers”
Yes, there is consensus that ‘lawfare’ exists…but America still needs a strategy for it
Some of the top podcasts for 2021 (no particular order):
A National Security Discussion with Ms. Michèle Flournoy
A conversation with General Jim Mattis about leadership…and much more!
Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Warfighting
National Security and the Challenges of ‘Deep Fakes’
Dean Cheng on the “Current Issues in the Challenge of China”
You also may want to take a look at the additions to the LENS Essay Series. The posts introducing the essays can be found here, and the essays themselves are here.
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