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  1. Nuclear Arsenal: Best US Investment

    With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announcing he will provide an additional $10 billion to improve the nation's nuclear forces, advocates of nuclear abolition are undoubtedly upset.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  2. Commentary: Don't Forget Defense

    US defense leaders have been warning since 2012 about the destructive effects of the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA).

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  3. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to reporters at the US Capitol building on Nov. 12. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Column: McCain's Shadow War Cabinet

    Second-term presidents — lame ducks at home — spend ample time on foreign policy matters. Notch some trade deals, negotiate a cease-fire or two, take out some bad guys, isolate a US foe.

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  4. Editorial: Don't Count on More Funding

    Now that Republicans are set to take over the Senate and have increased their lead in the House, some in Washington predict a defense spending boom.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  5. Editorial: Civil Space Firms Are Key

    Recent accidents have prompted some to question the future of America's commercial space industry.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  6. Commentary: Growing Field of Military-Civil Overlap

    For the first time in its 64-year history, the Association of the US Army's annual exposition featured a pavilion dedicated to showcasing innovative homeland security solutions.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  7. Commentary: Putting the Great Back Into Britain

    London: Britain faces an existential nomenclature challenge. Will the word 'Great' be expunged from its name and sentenced to permanent exile? Or, will Britain's better angels gather to resurrect a second finest hour?

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  8. Editorial: The Innovation Imperative

    The TechAmerica trade association last week issued its annual budget and industry forecasts, warning of widespread worry that defense companies aren't investing enough to remain competitive against ever more capable commercial firms.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  9. Editorial: Don't Back Down on Iran

    Negotiators from the United States and five other nations have been meeting in Geneva over the past year, seeking measures to curb Iran's nuclear program.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  10. Commentary: Missile Defense Can't Wait

    Russia shows no sign that it is willing to de-escalate tensions with the West. Indeed, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has made clear that he anticipates a long-term freeze in ties with Washington.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  11. Commentary: Time To Save, Not Spend More on Nukes

    The United States is planning to spend hundreds of billions of dollars it does not have to rebuild its nuclear arsenal to last another 50 years. But the Cold War threats and budgets that sustained the stockpile in the past are long gone.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  12. Commentary: Nordic-Baltic Progress

    The recent Swedish hunt for a suspected Russian submarine, perhaps in distress, deep into Swedish territorial waters says much about the changing security climate in the Nordic-Baltic region, and the need for more Nordic-Baltic defense spending and a long

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  13. Commentary: Climate Change Increases Instability for All

    Recently, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at Sen. Harry Reid's Clean Energy Summit in Nevada, where she announced that climate change is 'the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges' facing us today.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  14. Editorial: Stand Up to Russia

    Six weeks ago, NATO leaders convening for their biennial summit in Wales vowed the alliance would never allow its borders to be violated.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  15. Editorial: Use More Airpower Against IS

    Since air strikes against so-called Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq started, critics have suggested that air power is ineffectual.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  16. Editorial: The Future of Net Assessment

    Andy Marshall plans to retire as the director of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment on Jan. 2, after four decades as one of the most influential men in US national security.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  17. Commentary: Reserve Aviation Is Taxpayer's Best Deal

    The current wrangling over the future of AH-64 Apache attack helicopters in the US National Guard provides a case study in the deliberately flawed methodology used to regularly justify active component force structure and their budgets.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  18. Commentary: Growing Into World Markets

    The US defense budget is at a precipice. Will the projected budget decline and sequestration continue? Will the new threat of the Islamic State and a resurgent Russia revitalize the defense budget?

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  19. Editorial: Reinvention And Change In The US Army

    After a year of exhaustive and inclusive effort, the US Army has unveiled its new operational concept that could, over the coming years, reinvent the force and change the equipment it needs.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  20. Commentary: Building Army Forces for Future War

    Twenty-threeyears after the first Gulf War, America's post-Cold War surplus of military power is gone.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  21. Commentary: Stop Sequestering Defense

    A great deal of debate surrounds the question of President Barack Obama's foreign policy and national security leadership.

    • Oct. 13, 2014
  22. Maj. Gen. Jeff Burton and Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, in an opinion piece written for Army Times, share their concerns over the active Army's plan for the National Guard's Apaches.

    Opinion: A Better Plan For Army Aviation

    The active component Army is working to implement a plan that will erode the National Guard, and they are doing it under the guise of '

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  23. Editorial: Time To Reform Export Rules

    The Vision 2020 strategy that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) unveiled last week is on the right track to drive key long- and short-term changes to the US foreign military sale system.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  24. Editorial: Kill the Mistral Deal

    The world's attention may be focused on the multinational operation against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, but neither the Ukraine crisis nor Russian President Vladimir Putin's provocations are over.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  25. Commentary: Big Ideas Needed Now

    When confronting a big problem, President and General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower believed the best solution could be found by making the problem bigger.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  26. Commentary: US Missile Defense: The Next 10 Years

    September marked the 10th anniversary of an initial defensive capability for the Ground Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system defending the US homeland against limited ballistic missile threats.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  27. Editorial: Persistence in Eradicating Islamic State Group

    While fighting Islamic State group (IS) militants is an enormous and long-term job, the speed with which the international community has united into a coalition and launched coordinated air strikes against the cruel Islamist movement is encouraging.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  28. Commentary: The States Need Their Apaches

    In the national debate over the US Army's ill-conceived plan to commandeer all 192 National Guard AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, there is more at stake than aircraft.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  29. Commentary: Don't Obsess Over Islamic State

    President Barack Obama has taken heat for supposedly referring to groups like the Islamic State as a minor league threat, 'a JV team' as he put it. Yet he was correct.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
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