Editor’s Choice: Geoeconomics with Jennifer Harris – OTH

The Editor’s Choice series revisits OTH classics and articles with enduring relevance.

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The $32,000 Hamburger – Macroeconomic analysis can rapidly contextualize foreign military expenses

In The 32k Hamburger, Jeff Wright proposes a novel analytical technique to rapidly contextualize military hardware expenses by using comparative Gross Domestic Products for the nations in question.
The title comes from one such example – when we ask a Nigerien colleague to meet us for a hamburger off base, we impose on her treasury a cost equivalent to $32,000 from the United States point of view. Aerospace examples are even more alarming – what do you suppose is the American equivalent of a single C-130H’s impact on Niger’s treasury? Read on to find out!

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Connect to Divide: Social Media in 21st Century Warfare

In 21st Century warfare, social media fuels influence through “likes,” “shares,” and “tweets” driving narratives that blur the lines of politics, law, war, peace, elections, and freedom of speech and press, creating an information crisis. The current lack of an adequate United States (US) response to this crisis threatens its democratic institutions and national security. Bolstering this emerging threat are social media platforms rewarding users for engaging as fast thinkers without regard for bias or manipulation that is being exploited by hostile state and non-state actors to create narratives resulting in the decay of truth. Compounding this problem is social media’s ability to transition influence from institutions and governments to the individual. Though social media-enabled information warfare alone may not be decisive in current and future conflicts, nations must prepare to counter its effects across all instruments of national power: diplomatic, information, military, and economic.

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Quanta of Competition: Quantum Mechanics, Multi-Domain Battle, and the Gray Zone (Part II)

The principles of quantum physics drive a deeper understanding of conflict through analysis of interactions of the elements of competition.

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Quanta of Competition: Quantum Mechanics, Multi-Domain Battle, and the Gray Zone (Part I)

Thinking about conflict in terms of quantum mechanics rather than Newtonian physics will produce more comprehensive grand strategy.

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Podcast 2: Relating Gray Zone Conflict & Multi-Domain Operations

Welcome to OTH’s second podcast! For this episode we’ve brought together a group of experts to discuss two topics that have consumed Defense policy and academic conversations over the last few years: Multi-Domain Operations and Gray Zone Conflict.

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