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Navy Passes the Buck on 'Boomer' Buy

Navy Passes the Buck on 'Boomer' Buy   edited by Charles Knight & Carl Conetta The Reset Defense Bulletin is a bi-weekly service of the Project on Defense Alternatives. Long Range Strike Bomber   CRS reports that the ten-fold increase in funding included in the...

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Pentagon promises 'Mission Match' instead of 'Mission Creep' in Iraq

Middle East U.S. Middle East policy is in shambles.   As predicted by many experts a decade ago the U.S. war of regime change in Iraq has become a disaster of historic proportions.  Instead of putting Washington, as the war's proponents evisaged, in the drivers...

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The Iraq Crisis and U.S. Post-War Strategy

Less than a month ago, speaking at West Point to the applause of graduating cadets, President Obama summed up his war successes: "We have removed our troops from Iraq.  We are winding down our war in Afghanistan.  Al Qaeda’s leadership on the border region...

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Busting Budgetary Restraint: OCO to fund Obama's new security initiatives

  In his West Point speech on May 28th President Obama announced one new policy initiative: "I am calling on Congress to support a new Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund of up to $5 billion, which will allow us to train, build capacity, and facilitate partner countries...

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Russia, NATO and American Power

Russia, NATO and American Power   Russia, NATO and American Power In 1989 Moscow possessed very substantial military power and was surely troubled by the U.S. invasion of Panama that year.  Yet, it is unlikely that USSR military power had any deterrent effect on decision-making...

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First Syria, Now Ukraine: What Explains the U.S. Public's Reluctance to Intervene?

During the past 12 months, surveys of US public opinion have shown a strong reluctance to involve the nation in new conflicts abroad, notably in Syria and Ukraine.  This, in turn, has inspired speculation about an "isolationist" turn in American public sentiment, its possible...

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Slip sliding global presence funding into the OCO account

Among most senior Pentagon official and national security advisors it is core strategic dogma that U.S. military forces must be deployed across the globe in continuous forward presence. During the Cold War forward forces were oriented principally to counter Soviet formations.  After the Cold...

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