Michael T. Klare

Michael T. Klare

Michael T. Klare is the Five College Professor of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. His newest book, The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources, has just recently been published.  His other books include: Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Dependence on Imported Petroleum. A documentary version of Blood and Oil is available from the Media Education Foundation.

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Dispatching nuclear-capable B-52s on simulated bombing runs against Chinese and Russian military installations is simply nuts. (Photo: Wilson Hui/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, October 12, 2020
The Nuclearization of American Diplomacy
On August 21st, six nuclear-capable B-52H Stratofortress bombers, representing approximately one-seventh of the war-ready U.S. B-52H bomber fleet, flew from their home base in North Dakota to Fairford Air Base in England for several weeks of intensive operations over Europe. Although the actual...
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"The Pentagon is seeking to take this process to an entirely new level—by replacing not just ordinary soldiers and their weapons, but potentially admirals and generals with robotic systems," writes Klare. ((Photo: US Air Force) Views
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Robot Generals
With Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relying ever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations. Such devices, known in the military as “ autonomous weapons...
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The Navy’s plans to replace large manned vessels with small, unmanned ones was only accelerated by the outbreak of the pandemic. (Photo: US Navy/DoD) Views
Monday, July 20, 2020
A World of "Killer Robots" But Not "National Security"
On March 26th, the coronavirus accomplished what no foreign adversary has been able to do since the end of World War II: it forced an American aircraft carrier, the USS Theodore Roosevelt , to suspend patrol operations and shelter in port. By the time that ship reached dock in Guam, hundreds of...
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Here’s another thing a new Cold War guarantees: a significant increase in military spending at a time of ballooning national debt and a desperate need for investment in domestic economic recovery. (Photo: Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Get Ready to Pay the Costs of a New Cold War With China
America’s pundits and politicians have largely concluded that a new Cold War with China—a period of intense hostility and competition falling just short of armed combat—has started. "Rift Threatens U.S. Cold War Against China," as a New York Times headline put it on May 15th, citing recent clashes...
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It does appear that the present still-raging pandemic is forcing dramatic shifts in the way we consume energy and that many of these changes are likely to persist in some fashion long after the virus has been tamed. (Photo: Brian Katt, Wikimedia Commons) Views
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
The Beginning of the End for Oil?
Energy analysts have long assumed that, given time, growing international concern over climate change would result in a vast restructuring of the global energy enterprise. The result: a greener, less climate-degrading system. In this future, fossil fuels would be overtaken by renewables, while oil...
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The only way to avert such a catastrophe and assure ourselves that Earth will not become an avenger planet is to heed Mother Nature’s warning and cease the further desecration of essential ecosystems.  (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc) Views
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Is the Covid-19 Pandemic Mother Nature’s Response to Human Transgression?
As the coronavirus sweeps across the planet, leaving death and mayhem in its wake, many theories are being expounded to explain its ferocity. One, widely circulated within right-wing conspiracy circles, is that it originated as a biological weapon developed at a secret Chinese military lab in the...
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The Department of Defense will similarly have to step up its efforts to harden its own domestic and foreign bases against severe storms and flooding, while beginning to develop plans to relocate those that will be inundated as sea levels rise. (Photo: DoD photo via AFP) Views
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
The U.S. Military on a Planet From Hell
It was Monday, March 1, 2032, and the top uniformed officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps were poised, as they are every year around this time, to deliver their annual "posture statement" on military readiness before the Senate Armed Services Committee. As the officers waited for...
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U.S. Army personnel drive through flood waters in Fort Ransom, ND. (Photo: US Army) Views
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Welcome to a World in Which All Hell Is Breaking Loose
The Situation Room, October 2039: the president and vice president, senior generals and admirals, key cabinet members, and other top national security officers huddle around computer screens as aides speak tokey officials across the country. Some screens are focused on Hurricane Monica, continuing...
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If the United States goes to war with Iran, you are unlikely to hear the word “oil” uttered by top Trump administration officials, but make no mistake: that three-letter word lies at the root of the present crisis, not to speak of the world’s long-term fate. (Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 11, 2019
O-I-L: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis
It’s always the oil. While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent U.N. report about the prince’s role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Asia and the...
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A number of human rights and humanitarian organizations have even launched the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots with the goal of adopting an international ban on the development and deployment of fully autonomous weapons systems. (Photo: Sharron Ward/Campaign to Stop Killer Robots/Facebook) Views
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
The Coming of Hyperwar: "Alexa, Launch Our Nukes!"
There could be no more consequential decision than launching atomic weapons and possibly triggering a nuclear holocaust. President John F. Kennedy faced just such a moment during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and, after envisioning the catastrophic outcome of a U.S.-Soviet nuclear exchange, he...
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