Terrorism and Homeland Security

What the Islamic State Really Means for al-Qaeda, Iraq, and the U.S.

July 2, 2014

  On Sunday, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) declared that it had established itself as a new nation, the Islamic State, and restored the caliphate, led by ISIS’ ruthless leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In its announcement, the organization now known as the Islamic State demanded all Muslims swear their allegiance to Baghdadi […]

The Right Call: Benghazi Suspect to be Tried in Civilian Court

June 30, 2014

On Saturday, Ahmed Abu Khatallah, the alleged mastermind behind the Benghazi attack, appeared in a Washington, D.C., court to plead not guilty to charges of conspiring to support terrorism. Khatallah’s arraignment in an Article III federal court has prompted outrage from conservatives who claim Khatallah should be tried as an enemy combatant or war criminal, […]

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, […]

[UPDATED] NSN Press Call: Iran and Iraq, What Next

Iran, Iraq and Regional Security Threats CALL TIME: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:00 AM Eastern Time ABOUT THE CALL: As the violence in Iraq continues to swell and ISIS expands its controlled territory,  the Obama administration plans to send 300 military advisers to Iraq to assist the Iraqi military against the Sunni insurgents. At the […]

Paul Eaton on CNN Discussing Sgt. Bergdahl With Candy Crowley

June 8, 2014

  CNN’s Candy Crowley interviews NSN’s Paul Eaton on Sgt. Bergdahl Release June 8th, 2014 | CNN On CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Major General Paul D. Eaton (Ret.) defended the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as “the whole fabric of the U.S. military is based upon the fact that we do not […]

Setting the Record Straight on the Bergdahl Release

June 6, 2014

  In the week since the prisoner exchange that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, there has been a flurry of conflicting reports and deliberate distortions of the issues involved. Some of this stems from the dearth of information about Bergdahl’s capture. But much of the discussion – including claims that Bergdahl was responsible for the deaths […]

Defending the Deal that Freed Sgt. Bergdahl

June 2, 2014

  Over the weekend, the Administration negotiated the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban in exchange for five Taliban fighters held at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, who have been moved to Qatar. The successful release of Sgt. Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban for five years, responsibly upheld the commitment to […]

Assessing the Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund

May 30, 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 […]

5 Key Takeaways from Obama’s West Point Speech

May 28, 2014

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 […]

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

May 27, 2014

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 […]

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