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Mitchell Institute Policy Paper

Digital Engineering: Accelerating the Defense Acquisition & Development Cycle in an Era of Strategic Competition by Heather R. Penney Senior Resident Fellow, the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies with Brian Morra Non-Resident Visiting Fellow, the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies Today’s Department of the Air Force (DAF) is in...

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When did World War III become so boring?

This month is the eighty-first anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, which triggered America’s entry into World War II.  Such events are not top of mind for most Americans.  We seem exhausted after two decades of the global war on terror.  As someone who came of age during the Cold War, I find myself asking “when did World War III become...

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How I Choose the Names of my Fictional Characters

I’m often asked how I choose the names of my fictional characters.  In the case of The Able Archers, people have asked me how I chose the names of the two protagonists, the American Kevin Cattani, and the Russian Ivan Levchenko I chose Kevin Cattani’s name for the following reasons: My own first name is Celtic.  My last name (Morra) is Italian...

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Interview by Dr. Robbin Laird: How Not to End the World

I recently sat down with Dr Robbin Laird to chat about the relevance of The Able Archers to current events in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. How Not to End the World: Brian Morra Talks About The Able Archers By Robbin Laird Recently, I reviewed the forthcoming book by Brian J. Morra, entitled The Able Archers. The novel (which I highly recommend)...

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Veterans Day/Series Preview

  Today is Veterans Day/Remembrance Day. I’d like to acknowledge the service of my two grandfathers, both of whom saw combat in World War I. My maternal grandfather, John Flood, served as a non-commissioned officer in the British Army through all four years of the Great War. He was gassed twice. My paternal grandfather, John Morra, was a...

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The Story Behind The Able Archers Dedications – Part Three

  This is the third and final blog post on the men to whom I dedicated The Able Archers. Each was responsible in an important way for preventing an escalation to world war in the fall of 1983. General Charles L. Donnelly, Jr., United States Air Force (b. 24 August 1929, d. 3 July 1994) Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov, Air Defense Forces...

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The Story Behind The Able Archers Dedications – Part Two

This post will continue my discussion of the three men to whom I have dedicated The Able Archers. I covered General Charles Donnelly, Jr., in my last blog post and will address Lieutenant General Leonard Perroots in a future one. Today’s post is about Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov – the ‘man who saved the world’. Lieutenant Colonel...

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The Story Behind the Able Archers Dedications – Part One

I dedicated The Able Archers to the memory of three men who were instrumental in preventing an escalation to world war in the fall of 1983. General Charles L. Donnelly, Jr., United States Air Force (b. 24 August 1929, d. 3 July 1994) Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov, Air Defense Forces of the Soviet Union (b. 7 September 1939, d. 17 May 2017)...

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