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Heroism

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 07.22.2016 | Good News
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Celebrating Heroism by Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight, Jr. Against the backdrop of random violence in our streets and predatory attacks on police, i...

Willingness to Fight

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

I have seen reports in the news media that a major weakness of the Iraqi army is that many of its soldiers are reluctant to fight. I can imagine many reasons for this.

Memorial Day

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

I went down to the Washington mall for Memorial Day wearing my Korean War ribbons, and met some nice, appreciative people at the Korean War Memorial.

Our Military Will Not Stop This Revolution

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.02.2016 | Fifty
Bernard Starr

Some years ago, a retail homegoods company created the catchy slogan "It ain't just paint" to tell the public that their stores sold much more than paint. The ad campaign apparently failed since the company went bankrupt.

Hillary the Hardheaded Hawk

William Astore | Posted 04.23.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Indeed, the recent New York Times article highlights the fact that Hillary is sometimes more aggressive in advocating for military force than the generals she confers with. Nevertheless, or rather because of this, the generals apparently like Hillary. They really like her!

Obama's Blind Spot

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.07.2016 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Anytime foreign crises pose the prospect of possible U.S. military action Obama hides behind the fig leaf of "multilateralism," not as a pretext for raising a posse, but as a deterrent to American arrogance.

The Missing Discussion of National Defense

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

There were a few fleeting comments about terrorism in which various candidates attempted to outdo each other in their pledges to bomb the Islamic State to smithereens and make the sand dunes glow. It was abundantly clear that they were unaware of the capabilities and limitations of military action and had no real idea what they are talking about.

Our Top-Heavy Military

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

We have over time created the same phenomenon that Marshall was concerned about -- too many senior officers heading up too many commands scattered all around the nation and the world.

Military Reform: Too Many Chiefs, Too Much Duplication

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

One of the more important decisions made by our military at the outset of World War II was that when Army divisions suffered attrition, the missing soldiers would be replaced piecemeal from the ranks of new recruits.

Rogue Blimp

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 11.04.2015 | Technology
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The misadventures of a military blimp that wiggled free of its tether in Maryland and came to rest in a remote sector of northeast Pennsylvania came as a surprise to many people who had no idea such things are still playing a key role in national defense.

The 2015 National Military Strategy: A Serious Flaw

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2015 | World
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

Americans at all levels, including the DOD leadership, generally view our interventions as positive and an indication of global leadership. The impact of our actions, however, has rarely been commensurate with the stated altruistic intentions.

Women Rangers Lead the Way

Monica Medina | Posted 08.20.2015 | Women
Monica Medina

These two women have proved what many of us have argued for years -- that if given the chance, there are women who can hold their own with the most elite warriors in our military, and that all the barriers to women achieving their full potential in the military should come down.

National Defense Strategy

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Our military leadership is striving to persuade the administration and Congress to focus on our top priorities, but the media obsession with terrorism is distracting them from the military's core mission -- which is national defense.

National Defense Strategy

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The trauma of 9/11 had far-reaching impact on our national security apparatus. Thus far there have been no further acts of terrorism of similar magnitude, which suggests we must be doing something right, but that doesn't mean the nation is secure.

National Defense

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

So how do we reconnect the American people to their defenders? The Fallows article includes a tribute by Joseph Epstein to the military draft, but Fallows does not recommend one. It would never fly politically.

Rand Paul's Message on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Whether you love him or hate him, Rand Paul is succeeding in doing something that other Republican candidates have not done in a very long time: broaden the foreign policy debate within the Republican Party in order to encompass a growing libertarian streak among younger Americans.

The Morality of Drones

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

It appears we will be engaged in the terrorist war for a long time, and drones are a useful weapon. But we cannot win wars from the air, and we need to keep in mind -- we need to seriously consider -- the consequences of using drones. Every bit of "collateral damage" we inflict creates deep-seated bitterness against us that will linger long after the fighting abates.

The Challenge of ISIS

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

I have made this point often before and hereby make it again -- you cannot conquer a serious enemy from the air. You have to have the one thing President Obama has vowed time and again that we will not have -- boots on the ground.

Military Cutbacks

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

There is a great debate afoot in the nation's capital about the downsizing of the U.S. military in a time when new and more ominous threats seem to be emerging on every hand.

Military Service Today

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

But three generations of relative prosperity have served to more than double that rate of inadequacy. The condition of so many of our young people offers a grim indictment of our public schools, a rebuke to parents, and a warning about the future of national security

Europe Begins to See the Light

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

If there is one salutary benefit to Vladimir Putin's aggression it has surely been a wakeup call to remind the Europeans why they still need a military deterrent.

Tight Trouble

Daniel Davis | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Daniel Davis

Perhaps those claiming that the U.S. may one day be energy-independent will be proven right. Perhaps as tight oil production begins to wind down, other alternatives will be found in sufficient quantities (and at an affordable price) to make up the difference, and the U.S. economy will continue growing. Perhaps.

Downsizing Does Not Have to Compromise Defense

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

In the new era of austerity we face, it is imperative that the critical role of the Reserves and National Guard be understood and appreciated.

To Meet the Challenges of the 21st Century, National Security Must Become Entrepreneurial

Jonathan Aberman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Technology
Jonathan Aberman

U.S. national security requires a nimble, adaptable approach. To use a word that is rarely uttered in national defense circles: the military establishment should incorporate an entrepreneurial culture and approaches into its existing toolkit.

International Law and the U.S. Military Strikes on Syria

Craig Martin | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics
Craig Martin

A use of military force for the primary purpose of defending American "credibility," in which many innocent people will be killed, and in which the normative power of the international legal order will again be undermined, is not only unlawful, but is also illegitimate and unjust.