Military

The NDAA and Defense Challenges Ahead

December 5, 2014

Five Challenges for the Next Congress on Defense Policy

November 3, 2014

Fighting the Islamic State: Assessing the Impact on the Pentagon’s Budget

October 1, 2014

As the United States expands the war against the Islamic State to include striking targets in Syria, the issue of funding the campaign has garnered increased interest from policymakers. Recent analyses by outside experts project that the costs of a sustained campaign could rise to $8 billion per year for airstrikes – depending upon their […]

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 […]

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