Articles by Jerry Pournelle

Strategic Defenses

As often noted, one problem with the National Missile Defense (NMD) debate is that most Americans think we already have it. If you ask the average man in the street how many ICBMs aimed at their city we could intercept... Read More

The Beginning of the Decline and Fall?

Roman history tells us the story of how Tarquin the Proud became king in Rome. His father wanted to send his son -- who had been sent to another town -- a message on how to become a tyrant. Because... Read More

A Black Eye for Medicine

Computers change the way professionals work -- at least most professionals. Despite the mounting costs of heath care, computer assistance is sorely lagging in the huge industry. Twenty years ago when small computers first came out, there were several medical... Read More

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