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  1. Editorial: Roll Back US Navy's Bad Policies

    In the name of efficiency, the US Navy has cut crew sizes, scaled back training and spare parts stocks, and increased dependence on contractors to support the fleet.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  2. Editorial: Improve Indian Procurement

    With India on the verge of a shift in power, it's worth reflecting on the accomplishments of the past and addressing future challenges.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  3. Commentary: China's Juggling Act

    China's regional diplomacy has a schizophrenic quality.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  4. Commentary: Can Stoltenberg Tackle NATO's Climate Mission?

    Since the Soviet Union collapsed, analysts have asked again and again: 'Whither NATO?' Russia put that debate to rest. But while Vladimir Putin's revanchist designs present the clearest threat to the alliance, this is not the Cold War world.

    • Apr. 14, 2014
  5. Commentary: Uphill Battle in Gulf Strategy

    While the recent diplomatic strains within the Arabian Gulf will no doubt make US security cooperation efforts more challenging, these concerns are overstated.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  6. Commentary: The Growing Shadow BRAC

    The conventional wisdom that there won't be another Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round is dangerously short-sighted. First, significant force structure and basing decisions are already occurring even without a formal BRAC round, what I call a

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  7. Editorial: A Welcome, Overdue Move

    Tokyo's decision to ease its arms export restrictions is a welcome, if overdue, move, and an important part of Japan's shift to an increasingly normal military posture.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  8. Editorial: The USMC's Thoughtful Plan

    With competition for scarce resources running high at the Pentagon, documents such as the US Marine Corps' Expeditionary Force 21 plan are as much about justifying systems and their costs as they are about strategy.

    • Apr. 7, 2014
  9. Wish List: The US Air Force requested 12 General Atomics Reaper unmanned aircraft in the unfunded list. Getty Images

    DoD Sends Congress $36B Wish List, But Passage Unlikely

    The US military services have sent Congress wish lists that include $36 billion in priority items that were not included in the Pentagon's 2015 budget proposal.

    • Apr. 3, 2014
  10. Editorial: DoD Needs Industrial Strategy

    As America winds down from its wars, once robust spending on a range of core military systems such as armored vehicles and unmanned aircraft has sharply dropped, especially on helicopters.

    • Mar. 30, 2014
  11. Editorial: Don't Scrap the U-2 Fleet

    The Pentagon is fond of using numbers to justify its program, budget and personnel decisions.

    • Mar. 30, 2014
  12. Commentary: QDR Gives Fair Warning for 2016

    The long-awaited quadrennial defense review, the Pentagon's view of the nation's strategic direction, has been released along with the president's fiscal 2015 budget submission.

    • Mar. 30, 2014
  13. Commentary: NATO Should Buy the Mistrals

    NATO should buy the two Mistral warships France is building for export to the Russian Federation this year and make them a commonly shared asset.

    • Mar. 30, 2014
  14. Editorial: How To Stop Russia

    Russia may have promised Washington last week that it won't invade Eastern Ukraine, but the crisis and its ramifications are far from over.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  15. Commentary: Why the Pentagon Can't Bypass BRAC

    As the US Department of Defense faces the possibility that sequestration might be here to stay, it is looking for ways to save resources without making painful cuts to personnel, readiness and modernization.

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  16. Commentary: Feeding Frenzy in East Asia

    At the recent Singapore Airshow, and at the Asia Pacific Security Conference that preceded it, the message was clear: China is rising, flexing its muscles including the outrageous declaration of a South China Sea air defense identification zone along

    • Mar. 24, 2014
  17. Commentary: Why Sequestration Would Make USN Too Small

    To my mind, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), released in early March along with the formal budget request to Congress for 2015, is a perfectly reasonable document.

    • Mar. 17, 2014
  18. Commentary: Rethinking the QDR

    Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Buck McKeon recently rejected the Pentagon's latest defense strategy within hours of its release, saying the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) failed to meet statutory requirements.

    • Mar. 17, 2014
  19. Editorial: Winning Without Shooting

    Russia's takeover of the Crimea is a week old, but that move and the plays China has made in its corner of the world offer valuable lessons about power and, possibly, the future of conflict.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  20. Commentary: Sgt. Hagel's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Chuck Hagel has had a remarkable career so far. A two-term senator from Nebraska, he earned a formidable reputation as a well-informed, outspoken and bipartisan legislator. A year ago, he was sworn in as US secretary of defense.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  21. Commentary: US Army Must Redefine Its Role

    In the bureaucratic battles being waged over the US defense budget, the Army is in retreat on all fronts.

    • Mar. 10, 2014
  22. Editorial: A Budget Without Clarity

    The Obama administration's 2015 budget request submitted last week is among the most complex in memory, appearing to confuse Pentagon officials, lawmakers, analysts and reporters alike.

    • Mar. 9, 2014
  23. Commentary: Why We Need a Defense Clandestine Service

    I was a CIA spy from 1979 to 1988, leaving when invited to be a co-creator of the Marine Corps Intelligence Center from 1988 to 1993. Since 1993, I have been one of the more persistent published proponents of intelligence reform around the world.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  24. Editorial: Cuts and Consequences

    As the Obama administration prepares to issue its latest defense budget and strategy review this week, Russia's actions in Ukraine are a powerful reminder that the world is a dangerous place even Europe.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  25. Editorial: Don't Scrap the U-2

    US commanders worldwide have an insatiable appetite for ISR to better understand emerging threats.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  26. Commentary: Building 'Smarter Defense'

    The US Department of Defense is beginning what could well be a long, dismal downward spiral in resources, force structure and capabilities.

    • Mar. 3, 2014
  27. Commentary: The Next Carrier Air Wing

    In early February, analysts from four Washington think tanks held a public event to recommend how the Pentagon could walk the fine line between developing a future military capable of meeting emerging security threats and staying within legislated budget

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  28. Commentary: America's New Missile Gap

    In the late 1950s, America debated its first missile gap when civilian and military leaders asserted a quantitative difference in the Soviet and American nuclear arsenals.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  29. Editorial: Time to Innovate

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will discuss the Obama administration's new quadrennial defense review (QDR) this week, which insiders say will yield a balanced strategy for a post-Afghanistan world.

    • Feb. 24, 2014
  30. Editorial: Preserve a Critical Capability

    In 2006, US special operations forces had drawn up plans to capture al-Qaida terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, but sources say the plans were vetoed as the Algerian was seen by some decision-makers as a mere cigarette dealer.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  31. Commentary: Industrial Policy Is a Must for Next QDR

    The new federal budget has proved a milestone for US government agencies, but an additional thorn for defense industrial base stakeholders.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
  32. Commentary: Faulty MRAP Recollections

    In 'Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War,' Robert Gates paints a noble self-portrait. However, his recollections related to the mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) vehicle suffer from tunnel vision. Gates fails to note that MRAP was a team achievement.

    • Feb. 17, 2014
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