AuthorBrian Sikma

Russian Influence Dominates U.S. Space Effort


You can’t blame this one on Donald Trump, his campaign, or his White House. While hours of airtime, inches of column space and untold numbers of online posts have focused on the role of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election, what has gone largely overlooked is the ongoing influence of the Russian government and industry on American access to space. Since 2011, when NASA closed...

Trump’s Respect for Andrew Jackson Matters


When President Donald Trump visited the grave of Andrew Jackson during a recent trip to Tennessee, some commentators recoiled at the thought that Trump, a populist who clearly believes in a strong, forceful chief executive, would find in Jackson an historical figure with which he could identify. The nation’s 7th president was a colorful, deeply flawed individual, not unlike the 45th...

McMaster Pick a Nightmare for Russia


On Monday, President Donald Trump proved he’s not only capable of neutralizing a negative and potentially damaging narrative, but he’s also willing to make personnel changes that will force some of his loudest skeptics to reassess their criticism of his still-nascent administration. To the casual observer, Trump’s pick of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to be his national security...

4 Lessons for Leaders from The Heights of Courage


The Heights of Courage: A Tank Leader’s War on the Golan by Avigdor Kahalani is a worthwhile read for any young military leader, and a must-read for any armor officer. Kahalani, who retired from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a brigadier general, served as a company commander in the Six Day War of 1967, leading tanks in the Sinai, and during the 1973 Yom Kippur War – which is the...

Federally Funded Suicide Help Line Offers Post-Inauguration Advice


A federally funded suicide prevention resource is offering post-inauguration counseling for those struggling in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is a project of the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is currently running a Political Transition 2017 campaign to help “manage anxiety and...

5 Great Reads from 2016


I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions. More often than not they are expressions of vague aspirations, not firm commitments of action. But at the start of 2016 I decided to read as many books as I could about military history and small unit leadership during the following twelve months. It seemed like a worthwhile topic in light of my ongoing attendance at the Wisconsin Military Academy’s Officer...

Time for #NeverTrump to Die


On November 8, the #NeverTrump movement died – or at least it should have. With the election of Donald Trump, the movement premised on him not becoming president became extraordinarily irrelevant. Conservatives who joined the #NeverTrump cause out of conscience or deep seated skepticism of the candidate’s professed embrace of shared principles now risk becoming enablers of liberal...

Speaker Paul Ryan Paid for Trump’s Wis. Ground Game


On Tuesday night, Sean Hannity of Fox News was sure, absolutely sure, that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) would not return to the speaker’s chair when Donald Trump takes office in January. “Paul Ryan is not going to be the speaker of the House in January,” Hannity told viewers. “He’s not going to be speaker.” But while Trump briefly flirted with the idea of...

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