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 News by Topics: Commentary

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Editorial: Preparing for the Future

    The hallmark of any great organization is its ability to prepare for the future in the face of current challenges.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  5. Commentary: Nuclear Detection Architecture Also Deters

    To deal with the danger of a terrorist nuclear attack, one of the greatest threats to US and global security, the United States has adopted a variety of measures.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  6. Letter: War is War

    War represents the breakdown of what we proudly call civilization. Fighting begins when diplomacy fails to resolve issues and one of the disputants starts hostilities.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  7. Commentary: Right Choice for FA-XX

    The US Navy recently solicited an analysis of alternatives from the defense industry for an aircraft designated as FA-XX the next carrier-borne aircraft.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  8. Editorial: A Unified Fight Against Terror

    As the world commemorates the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the international community is ramping up to combat its latest terror threat the brutal Islamic State militants who have metastasized in Iraq and Syria.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  9. Editorial: Sweden: Support Defense Research

    Despite shoestring government funding, Sweden's Defense Research Agency (SDRA) still develops sophisticated technology like the Edge computer software to improve the aerodynamics of cars, missiles and fighters.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  10. Letter: Airpower vs. Ground Forces

    Airpower has been getting a bum rap lately largely because its demonstrated effectiveness doesn't sit well with retired Army talking heads and oped authors who argue for a near-exclusive strategy of boots on the ground.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  11. Commentary: Please, Not Another Continuing Resolution

    As we've come to expect, Congress revealed plans not to pass a defense spending bill by the end of the fiscal year, Sept.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  12. Commentary: The American Case for British Unity

    Events are moving so quickly in the Middle East, the Ukraine and Asia that we tend to forget that we may suddenly face a very different kind of strategic crisis on Sept.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  13. The F-35 joint strike fighter. Matthew Short / Lockheed Martin

    Column: Betting on the F-35

    The afternoon drive team on Washington's WTEM sports radio station has some advice for, ahem, sports fans: Keep betting on the Dallas Cowboys' opponents to cover the spread until one fails to.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  14. Commentary: Coalition of the Billing

    Last week's NATO summit in Wales was held during a period of multiple world crises while the organization is taking steps to adapt to these new challenges.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  15. Editorial: A Smart Strategy

    The US military over its long history has so excelled in technological innovation as to confound and consistently find ways to offset the advantages enjoyed by its adversaries.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  16. Editorial: NATO Must Now Act

    Last week's NATO summit was a mixed success. The alliance denounced Russia in the wake of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, pledged more defense spending, created a '

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  17. Commentary: New Reality in South China Sea

    The close encounter on Aug. 19 between a US Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft and a Chinese Air Force J-11 fighter-bomber over the South China Sea is a reminder of the growing clash of interests between the two great powers.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  18. Editorial: A Call for Action in Wales

    With conflict in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, the upcoming NATO summit in Wales is well timed for members to forge a common approach to their shared long-term problems.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  19. An armed pro-Russian militant checks passing cars May 20 near the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Viktor Drachev / AFP

    Commentary: NATO Eyes 'Alliance Assurance' Force

    In response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, NATO leaders are examining the need to enhance the readiness of deployable military forces to reassure allies and deter threats to the alliance.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  20. Commentary: NATO'S Last Chance?

    One of the first military operations in Vietnam in which I participated was assigned the name 'Last Chance.' The intent was to intimidate the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese enemy. It did not.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  21. Editorial: Closed Doors, Closed Minds

    Leaders and reporters were barred from talking to one another. Security guards and armed police officers body-blocked a member of the press. A policeman threatened to call the FBI if a man didn't delete the photos on his phone.

    • Aug. 19, 2014
  22. Commentary: Budgets, Not Tech, May Delay US Army's Next Rotorcraft

    Though the US Army has yet to make a formal announcement, according to reports the Sikorsky-Boeing team and Bell Helicopter Textron have been selected for government-funded Joint Multi-Role (JMR) program technology demonstrations.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  23. Editorial: Bolster UK's Fleet

    Britain's 384 million contract last week to buy three new patrol boats for the Royal Navy was no surprise.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  24. Commentary: Strategic Budget Choices

    Within the complicated universe of military acquisition is a relatively new method of decision-making that forces the US Department of Defense and the military services to make choices that balance want versus need.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  25. Commentary: Short-Term Deal, Long-Term Implications

    The deal brokered last month by US Secretary of State John Kerry to end the election deadlock is a troubling sign for Afghanistan's future.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  26. Commentary: Pentagon's Budget Reality

    The US Defense Department must prescribe for itself a large dose of budgetary realism and dramatically revamp how it builds its budget if it is to produce the best military it can under the severe resource constraints it faces.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
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