What was the Big Stick Ideology?

Introduction Big stick ideology, big stick diplomacy, or big stick policy refers to President Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy, “speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far”. Roosevelt described his style of foreign policy as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis”. As… Read More


What is Operation Looking Glass?

Introduction Looking Glass (or Operation Looking Glass) is the historic code name for an airborne command and control centre operated by the United States (US). In more recent years it has been more officially referred to as the ABNCP (Airborne National Command Post). It provides command and control of US nuclear forces in the event… Read More

What is a Ghost Detainee?

Introduction Ghost detainee is a term used in the executive branch of the United States (US) government to designate a person held in a detention centre, whose identity has been hidden by keeping them unregistered and therefore anonymous. Such uses arose as the Bush administration initiated the War on Terror following the 9/11 attacks of… Read More

What was EXCOMM?

Introduction The Executive Committee of the National Security Council (commonly referred to as simply the Executive Committee or ExComm) was a body of United States government officials that convened to advise President John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. It was composed of the regular members of the National Security Council, along… Read More

An Overview of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States

Introduction The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), or simply the Loyal Legion is a United States patriotic order, organised 15 April 1865, by three veteran officers of the Army. The original membership was composed of members of the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States, who had… Read More

An Overview of the United States Military Academy

Introduction The United States Military Academy (USMA), also known metonymically as West Point or simply as Army, is a United States service academy in West Point, New York. It was originally established as a fort, since it sits on strategic high ground overlooking the Hudson River with a scenic view, 50 miles (80 km) north… Read More

An Overview of Norwich University

Introduction Norwich University – The Military College of Vermont is a private senior military college (SMC) in Northfield, Vermont. It is the oldest private and senior military college in the United States and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees on-campus and online. The university was founded in 1819 in Norwich, Vermont, as the American Literary, Scientific… Read More