Military

National Security Network Quoted by Project on Defense Alternatives

September 17, 2014

Washington Leads with Militarized Responses September 17, 2014 | Project on Defense Alternatives Budget Effects Proponents of increasing the DoD budget have been busy ‘making hay’ from the ISIS and Putin threats.  The National Security Network has a good summary of why new military activities in the Middle East do not require additional defense spending: […]

Paul Eaton Quoted by the New York Times on the Islamic State

September 16, 2014

U.S. General Open to Ground Forces in Fight Against ISIS in Iraq By Mark Landler and Jeremy Peters September 16, 2014 | New York Times The challenge will come, General Dempsey said, when Iraqi and Kurdish forces try to drive the militants out of densely populated urban areas like Mosul. In those cases, General Dempsey […]

Paul Eaton Quoted in Stars and Stripes on Retraining the Iraqi Army

September 11, 2014

Paul Eaton Quoted in Stars and Stripes on Retraining the Iraqi Army Retraining Iraq’s fractured army: Will it work this time? By Heath Druzin  September 11, 2014 | Stars and Stripes  Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, who oversaw training of the Iraqi forces in the early days of the Iraq War, said that after […]

Paul Eaton Quoted in AFP on Training Forces in Iraq and Syria

US hopes training local forces will work – this time September 11, 2014 | AFP Dating back to Vietnam, US attempts to construct professional armies often have faltered, usually because the local leaders see the military as a means of holding on to power rather than defending the country, experts say. The most recent failure […]

Paul Eaton Quoted in New York Times on ISIS Strategy

September 10, 2014

New Military Campaign Extends a Legacy of War By Peter Baker September 10, 2014 | The New York Times Barry Pavel, a former Obama national security aide now at the Atlantic Council, said the president might be acting too tentatively. “I’m not sure half-steps into Syria are ultimately going to achieve the president’s goals,” he […]

John Bradshaw Interviewed by CSPAN’s Washington Journal on Confronting ISIS

September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014 | CSPAN’s Washington Journal NSN Executive Director John Bradshaw speaking about the evolving U.S. strategy to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and efforts to repeal the 2001 Authorization of the Use of Military Force.   To see the original post, click here. 

Responding to Russia’s Actions in Ukraine: The Role of NATO

September 3, 2014

Recent reports indicate that Russia has escalated its assistance to rebels in eastern Ukraine with a greater flow of armaments and the direct involvement of around 1,000 Russian troops. This morning, a day ahead of the NATO summit in the United Kingdom, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears to have endorsed a ceasefire plan in Ukraine […]

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 […]

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