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Defense Policy

'President' McCain and His 'Shadow Cabinet'

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.25.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

John McCain would much rather have been elected president back in 2008, but for a man who was soundly defeated by Obama, being a Shadow President against that very same man is the perhaps the second-best thing that he could have hoped for.

Yes, Somebody's Boots on the Ground Will Be Needed

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As the president outlined on September 10, an instrumental component of the anti-ISIL counterterrorism policy is the train-and-advisery mission that the U.S. and its Arab partners will set up in Saudi Arabia for the moderate Syrians.

The House Armed Services Committee Has Spoken

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.

U.S.A., Russia and the Missile Shield

Aurelia Condrat | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Aurelia Condrat

On February 4, 2010, the Supreme Council of National Defense of Romania approved the installation of the missile shield at Deveselu, in Olt County. This shield is meant to defend all states that benefit from it and protect them against possible missile attacks.

Defense Policy Bill Stalls Over Partisan Divide

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A $625 billion defense bill that establishes military policy stalled in the Senate on Wednesday as Democrats and Republicans strug...

Austria: Compulsory Military Service Haunted by the Ghosts of Stalingrad?

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Franz-Stefan Gady

For the first time in my living memory, the Austrian Federal Army is front-page news of Austrian papers and is debated heatedly on public television. ...

White House Accuses Senate Of 'Political Micromanagement'

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday accused the Democratic-controlled Senate of "political micromanagement" at the expense of national securi...

Senate Rejects Effort To Strip Controversial Provision Opposed By White House

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday rejected an effort to strip divisive provisions from a defense bill that deal with the capture and handling o...

GOP Candidate Goes After Former Boss — President Obama

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics

HOOKSETT, N.H. — Republican presidential contender Jon Huntsman on Monday called for scaling back U.S. involvement in international conflicts &n...

Supporting a No-Fly Zone Is Still Fiddling: Responding to Anne-Marie Slaughter

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

The stampede to a no-fly zone in Libya doesn't solve the core underlying issues that it isn't efficacious, could rob protesters of their own narrative and even of their political legitimacy, and doesn't give them the tools they really need to win.

Holbrooke Not a Bulldozer and Had Six Relationships With Karzai

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I think that the many tributes to Richard Holbrooke are important and wonderful, but I want folks to see beyond caricatures of a very complex and important global player.

Biden Dances the Tough Dances

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

With occasional blind spots aside, Biden's policy breadth is impressive compared to virtually anyone else on the Obama team. Only Bob Gates comes close to Biden's versatility -- and even there, Biden wins hands down.

Zinni Calls on Obama to Release "National Strategy Report" and for US "Smart Power" Functions to be Organized in a New Military Command

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Zinni's proposals are provocative and substantive. I have asked someone at the Department of State about possibly responding. Hopefully this will happen in the near term.

Jason Linkins

WaPo Fires Dan Froomkin, Stalwart Voice On Torture (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I have to say that I greet today's decision by the Washington Post to fire blogger and columnist Dan Froomkin to be both sad and alarming. Froomkin h...

Lurking Defense Secretary Provides Adult Supervision and Stabilizes Obama National Security Team

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Gates is setting an example in how to manage the complex challenges facing the Obama team that others would be wise to follow. He seems focused on strategy and the results America needs.

Next President Should Take Nuclear Weapons Off Alert

Ronald Mirman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ronald Mirman

The US has more than 20,000 nuclear weapons, and thousands are ready to launch within minutes. Obama or McCain should work to remove all missiles from such alert.