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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
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