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Dronestargeted killingWednesday, February 27, 2013

REPORT: Oversight for Effectiveness

Oversight for Effectiveness: A Counterterrorism Perspective on the Targeted Killings “White Paper” By Joshua Foust February 2013 In February 2013, a Department of Justice White Paper was leaked, making publicly available for the first time a summary of two legal memos setting out the legal details of the administration’s justification for targeted killing of American citizens. The paper’s scope is explicitly limited to decisions targeting U.S. citizens who meet three criteria: An informed, high-level official of the U.S. government has determined that the targeted individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States; Capture is infeasible, and the United States continues to monitor whether capture becomes feasible; and The operation would be conducted in a manner consistent with applicable law of war… Read More ›

CompetitivenessWednesday, October 5, 2011

Matching Resources with Interests: A Strategy to Guide the Defense Budget

The Budget Control Act of 2011 is driving a focused budgetary review throughout the federal government, including the Department of Defense. Next week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will testify before the House Armed Services Committee, where he is expected to discuss the Pentagon’s budget and describe elements of the department’s upcoming strategy review. As lawmakers look for savings, they must also reevaluate our national security priorities, the way America conducts its business in the world and the role the military plays in accomplishing those objectives. In a new paper, “Matching Resources with Interests: A Strategy to Guide the Defense Budget,” the National Security Network’s Major General Paul Eaton, USA (Ret.) and Kelsey Hartigan offer a strategic look at how to realign U.S. interests with our… Read More ›

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