Military

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 […]

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 […]

Critical Issues in the Senate Defense Appropriations Bill

July 11, 2014

  As the Senate begins consideration of Pentagon spending next week, several issues in the proposed defense budget warrant closer scrutiny. The Defense Appropriations Bill will be marked up at the subcommittee level next week and legislators should pay careful attention to  the Administration’s proposals for a Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF) and European Reassurance Initiative […]

Overseas Contingency Operations Funding: Vigilance Required

June 27, 2014

Yesterday, the White House submitted its Fiscal Year 2015 request for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. The request totaled $65.8 billion – what would be the  fifth highest-funded military in the world if it were a stand-alone force – $58.6 billion of which is slated for the Pentagon. While modestly below last year’s $80 billion, […]

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, […]

President Obama to Send Advisors: What’s Next for Iraq?

June 20, 2014

  Yesterday, in response to the startlingly effective offensive against the Iraqi government by a coalition of groups led by the jihadist organization the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), President Obama announced that he is “prepared to send a small number of additional American military advisors – up to 300 – to assess […]

What the U.S. Can (and Can’t) Do for Iraq

June 16, 2014

  Baghdad today is under threat from an aggressive military offensive led by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the violent jihadist organization formerly known as al-Qaeda in Iraq. ISIS’ advance and aspirations of establishing an Islamic-fundamentalist emirate that spans much of the Middle East threatens the nascent democracy the United States helped […]

Political Upheaval in the Middle East: U.S. Middle East Policy at a Time of Regional Fragmentation and Competition:Lessons for U.S. Policy from the Past Three Years| Brian Katulis

By Brian Katulis and Peter Jul June 16th, 2014 | Center For American Progress The ongoing fragmentation in Iraq and Syria is the latest episode in a series of events that is shaking the foundations of today’s Middle East. The region has entered a fluid period of transition involving the growing power of non-state actors, […]

Paul Eaton On CNN Discussing Iraq With Dana Bash And Gloria Borger

June 15, 2014

CNN’s Dana Bash and Gloria Borger interviews NSN’s Paul Eaton on Iraq June 15th, 2014 | State of the Union To watch the interview, click here.  BORGER:  Welcome back to STATE OF THE UNION.  I’m Gloria Borger. BASH:  And I’m Dana Bash.  Candy Crowley is off. We’re continuing to discuss the situation in Iraq and with us […]

Paul Eaton Quoted In The National Review On Iraq

General Who Trained Iraqi Troops: U.S. ‘Must Stiffen the Spine’ Of Iraqis By Andrew Johnson June 15th, 2014 | The National review Eaton was confident that the Iraqi government could defend the country, pointing to the the Iraqi troops’ larger numbers and superior equipment. But the U.S. needs to play a role in helping to […]

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