The United States Studies Centre's James Brown is the author of Quarterly Essay 62, looking to history, strategy and his own experience to explore these questions. He examines the legacy of the Iraq War and argues that it has prevented a clear view of Australia’s future conflicts. He looks at how we plug into US military strategy, now that American troops are based in Darwin. And he examines the extraordinary concentration of war powers in the hands of the Prime Minister – and how this might go wrong.