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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 06.25.2015 | 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.

Cyber Terror Is the New Language of War

Sen. Byron Dorgan | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Sen. Byron Dorgan

How dangerous could these cyber attacks be? Consider what might happen if our water supply, our electric grid, or the Internet was successfully shut down by a cyber attack.

China's Military: Here We Are!

Christopher Burgess | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Christopher Burgess

Do we listen to the DoD or to the PRC government and Senior Colonel Wang XinJun, a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences in Beijing, who recently stated, "The Chinese government and armed forces have never sanctioned hacking activities"?

Sequester, Our Military, and the Confused GOP

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

On the dawn of sequestration, Republicans are still in deep disagreement over how it will affect our military, and in even deeper disagreement over how to handle it. One thing they do seem to agree on, though, is that they aren't willing to close corporate tax loopholes to avoid it.

The Republicans: Poison for Defense

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

I know people who have come back wounded mentally or physically, or both. They could not change the Islamic landscape, because they could not heal the rift among the many Islamic sects. Why doesn't McCain understand this?

More Than Just About Hagel

Trita Parsi | Posted 02.26.2013 | World
Trita Parsi

While America's relationship with Israel is important, Chuck Hagel is being considered for Secretary of Defense of the United States, not Israel. Whether he would be good for Israel or not cannot be a central concern -- and certainly not the cause to preemptively slander and dismiss this decorated soldier.

FEMA Faces Massive Cuts

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 10.30.2012 | Money

As The Federal Emergency Management Agency works to provide Americans with proper Hurricane Sandy relief, the agency also prepares to fight its own ba...

Rest Assured

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.10.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Pondering the impressive array of military capabilities that are at the center of the current defense budget debates, one can be greatly reassured by the high degree of security they promise for us all -- whatever the exact outcome.

Obama's Dangerous Approach to Missile Defense

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

By rejecting Obama's position on homeland missile defense, Congress would both ensure taxpayer dollars are used more effectively and our country is well-protected. That approach would be a new way of doing business at the Department of Defense and real change that Americans can embrace.