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NATO Summit Delivers

Joe Cirincione | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Obama's opponents have cynically treated these challenges as political footballs, sweeping them into their relentless narrative of a weak, vacillating and dangerous president and a feckless NATO. But NATO's leaders impressively rallied around the administration's plans, approving a sweeping series of actions that should -- but probably won't -- quiet the critics.

America's Alliance With Australia Is a Boon for Asia

John Kerry | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
John Kerry

Since the dawn of the 20th century, Australia and the US have stood together with a shared vision for a free, peaceful and prosperous world. Today we reaffirm our confidence that the relationship will continue to be a force for good in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, and the world.

The Right Didn't Mind When Bush Paid A Ransom To Terrorists

The Daily Beast | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

The Bowe Bergdahl story moves to the hearing stage this week, so we’ll be treated to the sight of preening House Republicans trying to press Defense...

Will Modi's India Reinvent International Relations?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Cleo Paskal

Those looking to explain Modi's India with labels like 'right-wing' or 'religious fanatic' are going to find themselves stymied. So, what will India's foreign policy under Modi look like?

Congress Helps End Decade-Long Land Dispute

AP | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — The Marine Corps and off-road vehicle enthusiasts will share a rugged patch of desert near the military base at Twen...

Lessons From the Diamond

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 05.06.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Naphtali Hoff

Sometimes, we are forced to react, to await the pitch that is heaved our way and decide what to do with it. We can let an opportunity pass by with the hope of getting a better one, or we can jump on the first one that we see and make the best of it.

Challenging a Client's Story

Joel Cohen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Any client, but particularly a criminal client, wants his lawyer to believe him -- whether or not he is being honest with him. If in fact the client i...

This Spy Plane Outlasted The Cold War, But Defense Cuts Are Threatening Its Future

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were o...

Gov20LA Addresses Data Security Risks

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 06.15.2014 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

After the alarming gap in one of the Internet's key security methods *Heartbleed* was announced, even organizations that have taken precautions ...

As Violence and Hate Increase in Burma, Business as Usual for the US

Tom Andrews | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Today Defense Secretary Hagel is hosting the Defense Minister of Burma among others to discuss the Obama administration’s commitment to “peace and security” in the region. But there is no peace and security for the ethnic minorities in Burma.

The Pentagon Must Rethink Its Outdated Security Theory, Independent Review Finds

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent review triggered by the Washington Navy Yard killings last year says threats to Defense Department personnel and fa...

The People Who Think We Don't Spend Enough On Defense Are Dead Wrong, Experts Say

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics

Those who think we don't spend enough on defense are dead wrong, according to a new poll. In conjunction with Foreign Policy, the Snap Poll of the...

What's Wrong With Russia?

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Patrick Stephenson

Russia is acting like a traditional predatory nation-state. It's trying to increase its wealth, expand its influence and maximize its power. The problem is that we seem surprised.

Rep Says Congress Must Bite The Bullet On Military Budget

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers need to drop parochial interests and make tough decisions about U.S....

The Best Free-Agent Defensive Players Still Available

Ben Berkon | Posted 03.23.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The top-six free-agent defenders have long been off the market, with Juan Uribe's glowing 15 DRS and 35.3 UZR/150 leading the way.

Hagel Move Undercut By Really Bad Timing

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AP) — Moments before he launched a carefully planned pep talk to members of the Air Force's nuclear missile force,...

Stop the Army From Copying Marines' Missions

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Instead of allowing the Army to become a second Marine Corps in Asia to retain excessive budget and force levels, the Army should keep only its existing missions and accept reduced funding and quantities of troops.

Military Sexual Assault Reports Jump By 50 Percent

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense off...

Senate Passes Sweeping Defense Bill

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

BY DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is sending President Barack Obama a comprehensive defense bill that would crack...

Hagel Gets Reassurance On Key Afghanistan Security Deal

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is visiting with American forces in Afghanistan amid a stubborn stand-off between the U...

Hagel: Pentagon Staff Cuts Will Save At Least $1 Billion

AP | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says cutting his Pentagon staff by 20 percent will save at least $1 billion over five years. At a P...

Former Pentagon Budget Expert To Fill Key Defense Void

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has decided to name the former head of the Pentagon office for cost assessments as actin...

Good Basketball Teams Do These 18 Things on Defense

Kevin Sutton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Kevin Sutton

#8: They understand and believe that there is no such thing as "50/50 balls." They believe that loose balls and errant passes are "100 percent" theirs.

Veterans Day: War and Social Numbness

B.J. Garrison | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
B.J. Garrison

It should go without saying, one would think, that no reasonable human would see fake blood on a football uniform as cool. Simulated war from the safety of our sofa may be fun, but is it wise to glorify it in this way?

Pentagon Sees Sharp Uptick In Military Sexual Assault Reports

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports of sexual assaults in the military increased by an unprecedented 46 percent during the last fiscal year, the...