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Hyperbole is not a Strategy

Hyperbole is not a Strategy December 18, 2015 While all the candidates on the Republican debate stage in Las Vegas criticized Democrats on national security issues, very few of them presented anything resembling a clear strategy for tackling the threats facing the United States. Instead, they substituted tough talk, threats,… Read More ›

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Assessing the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund

  Military representatives open the Central Accord 2014. [U.S. Army Africa photo by Sgt. Kyle Fisch, March, 2014]The most substantive proposal in President Obama’s national security speech at West Point earlier this week is a new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund (CTPF). The initiative would amplify ongoing efforts to build the capacity of partnered foreign militaries to confront insecurity related to terrorism in more places and with greater resources. This approach, which is a deepening of the so-called ‘light footprint’ model, could be pivotal in further adapting U.S. security policy towards evolving terrorist threats without having to engage American forces directly in armed conflict, particularly with respect to those threats that are more regional in scope and do not constitute the kind of imminent, direct threat to the United States that the President has established as a threshold for unilateral U.S. military action. While the CTPF initiative deserves support, there are a number of serious challenges to implementing it effectively and responsibly. Most immediately, congressional approval will depend upon better teamwork between the Administration and Congress to clarify aspects of the program. While the initiative is currently proposed to be funded through Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) accounts, this approach is problematic and… Read More ›

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5 Key Takeaways from Obama’s West Point Speech

Obama arrives at West Point to deliver his commencement speech to the class of 2014. [U.S. Military Academy via Twitter,  5/28/14]President Obama laid out his foreign-policy vision for his second term in a commencement address this morning at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. While the United States will act decisively and unilaterally against imminent threats to its national security, he said, it must also act cautiously as it assesses how to respond to security challenges around the world. “When issues of global concern that do not pose a direct threat to the United States are at stake – when crises arise that stir our conscience or push the world in a more dangerous direction – then the threshold for military action must be higher,” the President said, stressing the need for military partnerships with countries around the world, strong international institutions to promote diplomacy, and a renewed commitment to democracy and human rights. While the President clearly articulated a useful metric for calibrating the use of military force in future situations, the speech did not tackle the challenge of refining and repealing the existing 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The Administration will need to work… Read More ›

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The Challenge in Obama’s West Point Speech | Brian Katulis

President Barack Obama greets cadets after deliving a sppech on Afghanistan at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in December 2009. [Official White House Photo by Pete Souza, 12/1/09]By Brian Katulis, Chairman of the National Security Network Board of Directors May 27, 2014 | The Wall Street Journal  President Obama’s commencement address at West Point on Wednesday offers a chance for the administration to recharge its national security vision at a time when much of its international agenda seems stalled and critics, including some of us sympathetic to the administration, have raised concerns. Mr. Obama is not likely to move the needle with the foreign policy commentariat. But at times of uncertainty, many still look to the American president to outline a set of ideas about how to lead in an era of global change. What matters most is whether the speech motivates actions by other countries and whether members of Congress work with the administration on its national security agenda. The contours of the speech aren’t likely to surprise. President Obama outlined much of his foreign policy agenda in his State of the Union address. He is likely to reaffirm counterterrorism and intelligence reforms that he sketched out last year. To continue reading, click here.  Read More ›

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