Oct 17, 2020
'Esper's Lie?' I Don't Think So
After nearly a generation of dominating focus on counterinsurgency operations, the U.S. military is underprepared in 2020 for great power competition. A recent Defense...
Oct 13, 2020
DoD's Coronavirus Relief Was for Essential National Security
It was a knockout of a story. The Washington Post revealed last month that the Pentagon “funneled” much of the $1 billion it received with the Cares Act to defense...
Sep 2, 2020
Keep Military Heath Care Integration on Track
Largely outside public notice, our military’s health care system is undergoing a massive reorganization. When complete, it will result in one of the largest hospital systems in...
Jul 28, 2020
In Defense of Mark Esper
His leadership has made real gains on multiple fronts by building a more lethal force, strengthening alliances, and implementing reforms. Military readiness levels have steadily...
Jul 25, 2020
What the “Defunding the Pentagon” Articles Don’t Tell You
Recently Politico published two opinion pieces claiming that it’s time to “defund” national defense: “Defund the Pentagon: The Conservative Case by Andrew...
Jul 11, 2020
DoD’s Transgender Entrance Policy Exists for a Reason
Service in the U.S. armed forces is a privilege open to those who meet the established standards without special accommodation. As long as there have been armies, there have...
Jun 9, 2020
Yes, President Trump Can Invoke the Insurrection Act. Should He? No.
Why should the Insurrection Act be only employed as a last resort?
Apr 16, 2020
Even Expected Pandemics Are Problematic. Still, We Can Learn From Them.
The Trump administration’s 2017 National Security Strategy differed markedly from that of its predecessor. The greatest difference was a shift in focus, now concentrated more...
Apr 14, 2020
The Dangers of Trimming the Post-Coronavirus Defense Budget
If America ever chooses to tackle this debt problem, then constraining growth in defense spending and finding new Pentagon efficiencies should be part of the overall solution. Will...
Apr 7, 2020
Defense Production Act: Expert Explains What It Is
The DPA is a powerful tool to be employed to protect the nation. The administration was right to deploy its authorities. Now that the nation's industries are responding to the...
Mar 25, 2020
The Defense Production Act: Why Voluntary Cooperation Is Nearly Always Better Than Forced
Since President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week to invoke the authorities in the Defense Production Act for use in the coronavirus crisis, there has been a lot of...
Mar 23, 2020
An Increasingly Aggressive Iran Warrants New Emphasis on Missile, Rocket Defense
On March 11, about 30 rockets rained down on Taji Air Base in central Iraq, killing two American troops and one British soldier. Three days later, more rockets landed on Taji,...
Mar 13, 2020
Our Conflicted Defense Budget
If the Pentagon’s 2021 defense budget request were a person, a psychiatrist would label him “conflicted.” That diagnosis comes from the high number of unresolved...
Feb 12, 2020
Why the U.S. Navy Needs at Least 355 Ships
In future years, however, America must make the hard choices to put the Navy on a solid footing towards achieving the force structure our nation needs. We have done it before, after...
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