Author Archives: Chris Niccolls

Armored Tanks Aren’t Dead Yet, But Unmanned Armored Vehicles Have Arrived


The war in Ukraine continues to drag on, and China seems ready for a copycat war with Taiwan. Every week we see weapon systems in the news. Today’s front-page stories resemble those of the Cold War era. Whether they are … Continue reading

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Tanks But No Tanks: Did The Ukrainian War Put An End to the Armored Tank?


The battle protection (armor) and destruction (arms) is as old as time. At first, hiding behind a tree, a big rock, or (much later) a wall was good enough. But hiding sacrificed mobility. When armies came out from behind walls, … Continue reading

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The Sinking Of The Moskva: Lessons Not Learned From Previous Wars


War is a business. This business is driven by changing trends and new technology, but it is also a seasonal business. Sometimes war factories run full blast; sometimes they are on vacation. When a war is near, the military starts … Continue reading

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Are We There Yet – When Will Schools Be Back To Normal?


The last couple of years has been a bumpy ride, for everyone. Masks, vaccinations, closed restaurants, toilet paper shortages, remote work, ships stuck in the Suez canal, droughts in the west, and the earth actually being on fire in the … Continue reading

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Can Maslow’s Hierarchy Explain the Great Resignation?


In the 1940s, the famed psychologist Abraham Maslow formed his theory of “Hierarchy”, that the major decisions in our lives (school, work, friends, family) were driven by our internal needs. These needs form a pyramid, with the most basic and … Continue reading

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Can Jeff Bezo’s Massive Bet On A “Lord of the Rings” Series Actually Pay off?


In case you’ve missed it, a Cambridge professor of language once wrote a story about a ring, a quest, elves, and magic. Spoilers! The quest is to destroy the ring, and that’s what they did. This story, “Lord of the … Continue reading

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Will Our Future Be Little More Than An Endless Succession of Pandemics?


Well, yeah. It’s looking that way. Since the beginning of the 21st century we’ve lived through MANY pandemics. We just haven’t noticed all of them. It’s like asking a fish, “Do you know you’re wet?” Do fish even know what … Continue reading

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Will We Ever Learn The Secret of India’s Ivermectin Miracle?


Have you heard about the “miracle” in India? Since the start of the Pandemic, India has been featured in a lot of doomsday discussions. It’s the second-most populous nation on Earth, with a vast number of poor. India could be … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving to Hard Working Americans Everywhere!


Did you have a happy Turkey day? Or at least a day off? Did you get a chance to spend time with your family? Believe it or not, there was once a time in America where everyone expected a (paid) … Continue reading

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The Infrastructure Bill: President Biden’s Quiet Fight For American Housing


Biden’s Infrastructure bill is being debated in Washington. Make that debated, and debated, and debated. The bill has become a Rorschach test for Democrats and Republicans, who each see something different. Does a line item look like vitally needed Infrastructure? … Continue reading

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