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Posts 21 to 30: Terrorism and National Security

Six Strategies Obama Could Use to Fight the Islamic State | Paul Eaton

August 29, 2014

By Major General Paul Eaton, Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Michael Hirsh, Douglas Feith, Lt. Gen. David Barno, and Adm. James Stavridis August 29, 2014 | Politico Lead a Diplomatic and Economic Offensive, by Ret. Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton The Islamic State has demonstrated that it understands the principles of war—mass, objective, offensive, surprise, economy of force, maneuver, unity of […]

NSN Special Update – Military Action in Iraq: Assessing the Legal Authorities

August 21, 2014

  Limited airstrikes by the United States against the Islamic State are entering their third week. The stated objectives of the strikes, which have hit about 90 targets so far, is to protect American personnel in Iraq and facilitate humanitarian relief. President Obama has signaled that military operations may increase in intensity and scope on […]

Defense News on NSN AUMF Repeal Report

August 13, 2014

Think Tank Lays Out Steps To ‘Cap’ Then ‘Roll Back’ Post-9/11 Military Force Resolution By John T. Bennett August 12, 2014 | DefenseNews.com WASHINGTON — A group of US national security experts is pushing a piecemeal plan to update the measure authorizing the war against violent extremist groups for the first time since September 2001. […]

POLITICO Features NSN AUMF Repeal Report

August 12, 2014

Report urges phased AUMF repeal By Philip Ewing August 12, 2014 | Politico Pro   POLITICO’s Morning Defense: Iraq’s Al-Maliki digs in — Obama’s messaging problem — In Ukraine, new fears of a Russian attack — Report urges phased AUMF repeal PRO FIRST LOOK – REPORT URGES PHASED AUMF REPEAL, via POLITICO’s Ewing: “Congress should […]

REPORT: Ending the Endless War

An Incremental Approach to Repealing the 2001 AUMF By Bill French with John Bradshaw August 2014 The Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF)  passed in 2001 is unique among other such authorizations in American history in that it includes no limitations in time, geography, operations, or a named enemy, as this report documents […]

The Case for Repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF

July 28, 2014

As the debate continues over how the United States should respond to the Islamic State, the Administration last week reiterated its calls to repeal the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). Indeed, the need for an effective response to the Islamic State not only coincides with the need to repeal the Iraq […]

The Islamic State and al-Qaeda: Threat Inflation and Conflation

July 25, 2014

  Today, large areas of the Iraq-Syria border region remain under control of the Islamic State, a violent Salafi jihadist organization that has declared the territory a new caliphate under the leadership of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Members of the Obama Administration appeared before Congress this week to testify about the organization and the threat it […]

What the Islamic State Really Means for al-Qaeda, Iraq, and the U.S.

July 2, 2014

  On Sunday, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) declared that it had established itself as a new nation, the Islamic State, and restored the caliphate, led by ISIS’ ruthless leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In its announcement, the organization now known as the Islamic State demanded all Muslims swear their allegiance to Baghdadi […]

The Right Call: Benghazi Suspect to be Tried in Civilian Court

June 30, 2014

On Saturday, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind behind the Benghazi attack, appeared in a Washington, D.C., court to plead not guilty to charges of conspiring to support terrorism. Khatallah’s arraignment in an Article III federal court has prompted outrage from conservatives who claim Khatallah should be tried as an enemy combatant or war criminal, […]

Top Issues with the Declassified Drone Memo

June 25, 2014

Earlier in the week, a classified Department of Justice memo was released by court order that laid out the legal reasoning for the targeting of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen and accused member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) who was killed in 2011 by a drone strike in Yemen. Despite its heavily-redacted format, […]

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