Robert Haddick

Robert Haddick is a contractor at U.S. Special Operations Command. From January 2009 to September 2012 he was Managing Editor of Small Wars Journal. During this time, he wrote the “This Week at War” column for Foreign Policy. Haddick was a U.S. Marine Corps officer, served in the 3rd and 23rd Marine Regiments, and deployed to Asia and Africa. He has advised the State Department, the National Intelligence Council, and U.S. Central Command.

In the private sector, Haddick was Director of Research at the Fremont Group, a large private investment firm and an affiliate of the Bechtel Corporation. He established the firm's global proprietary trading operation and was president of one of Fremont's overseas investment subsidiaries.

In addition to Foreign Policy and Small Wars Journal, Haddick's writing has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Air & Space Power Journal, and other publications. He has appeared in many radio and television interviews.

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Here's three for 2012: prioritize ground force missions, focus shipbuilding on three proven designs, and prepare for the cultural implications of long-range strike.

My Foreign Policy article discusses why South Korea should change its defense focus. I also discuss why the U.S. Air Force has already lost the Battle for Taiwan.

Too much budget tinkering, not enough strategic thinking, says the Heritage Foundation defense analyst.

Kim Jong-Il's death comes at a particularly bad moment for the political leadership in Beijing.

In my Foreign Policy column, I discuss whose nuclear weapons will be required to deter Iran's. I also discuss how the transitions in Iraq and Afghanistan will shake up U.S. ground forces.

In my Foreign Policy column, I discuss why the drone capture by Iran will not slow down robotic warfare. I also explain why the U.S. needs a new maritime strategy.