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  1. Commentary: Acquisition Reform Vital

    The current US acquisition system includes programs valued at roughly $1.6 trillion. According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), more than $400 billion is cost growth and program delays.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  2. Editorial: Full Speed Ahead on F-35

    It's been a tough few weeks for the F-35 fighter program.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
  3. Editorial: Britain Needs 2 Carriers

    Britain's nearly 20-year drive to get back into the big aircraft carrier game took a critical, if ceremonial, step forward last week, with the formal naming of the first of two giant ships.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  4. Commentary: 'Sir, I Think I Found Something'

    Many big problems get dumped on the US Army. Recent examples include counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and nation-building in Iraq and Afghanistan. Count on the Army to figure things out.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  5. Commentary: Creative Disruption on Horizon

    The hastened pace of technological change and an increasingly globalized industrial base have upended well-entrenched industries from automobile manufacturers to music studios.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  6. Commentary: Put Human Rights at Center of Gulf Strategy

    The day after US Assistant Secretary of State Anne Patterson spoke at the US-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar, on June 9, the violent extremists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took control of Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, sendin

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  7. Editorial: Don't Micromanage AMPV

    With US defense budgets dropping and new program starts dwindling, what work remains is engendering more furious competition than ever before.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  8. Commentary: Asia's Amphibious Re-awakening

    When the US Marine Corps (USMC) recently conducted a small-scale landing on Peninsular Malaysia's South China Sea coast, a regular feature of the bilateral Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercise, they were carrying a torch for what Marines hav

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  9. Commentary: Consolidate US Acquisition Agencies

    The debate between the Obama administration and Congress over how to keep defense spending within the confines set by the Budget Control Act has fallen into a familiar ritual. The administration proposes a mix of cuts to '

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  10. Editorial: Act Fast & Build Longer Strategy

    The startling speed with which Iraq has become unhinged has sent shockwaves through the region, and Washington has struggled to influence the outcome in a country where it fought a bloody and costly war that Americans hoped had ended more than two years a

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  11. Editorial: Cooperate on New Subs in Australia-Japan Partnership

    For years, Australian officials have hinted that the answer to their submarine prayers would be a deal to give them access to Japan's boats.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  12. Commentary: Tricky Waters of Comparing Shipbuilding Costs

    As the US Navy's Small Surface Combatant Task Force presses ahead to develop future ship options, the issue of comparative shipbuilding costs continues to raise concerns.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  13. Commentary: Protect New START

    The post-Cold War world is a complex place, with the emergence of new threats from a widening cast of irrational characters.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  14. Commentary: The Disconnect in Missile Defense

    US President Ronald Reagan first enunciated the requirement for an effective non-nuclear missile defense in March 1983.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  15. Commentary: The A-10 Needs To Go

    The US Air Force is correct in trying to kill the A-10 fleet. It is an archaic vestige reflecting a technology, and a style of warfare, that is outdated by a generation.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  16. Editorial: D-Day, and the Next War

    When discussing military what-ifs, it's always dicey to use the phrase 'never again.'

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  17. Commentary: Can Canadian Procurement Be 'Fixed'?

    Earlier this year, defense and public works officials presented a new defense procurement strategy, the Canadian government's plan to reform, or as some would have it 'fix,' Canada's often-criticized defense procurement system.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  18. Commentary: Transdisciplinary Defense

    Exponential advances in information technology (IT) are challenging industry and defense leaders with an increasingly complex climate.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  19. Editorial: The End of Supplementals

    After US President Barack Obama announced drawdown plans in Afghanistan, one of his closest aides spiked everyone's stress meters.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  20. Editorial: Building Up Indian Defense

    Narendra Modi's election as India's new prime minister has buoyed hopes for a brighter future across the country, including its beleaguered defense sector.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  21. Editorial: End Dependence on Moscow

    During times of international crisis, finding ways to punish a nation that has overstepped its bounds without hurting yourself is tough. That's why sanctions are typically so riddled with loopholes as to be functionally useless.

    • May. 26, 2014
  22. Commentary: Changing Russia's Attitude

    This is not rocket science: Why should a partnership function in times of crisis when it was dysfunctional before? Relations between Euro-Atlantic capitals and Moscow had reached an all-time low even before the crisis in Ukraine and, accordingly, NATO-Rus

    • May. 26, 2014
  23. Commentary: Authorize a New BRAC

    In their markup of this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the US House Armed Services Committee has once again rejected the Pentagon's request to have another Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission, along with the rest of the Penta

    • May. 26, 2014
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