The United States and Europe face mounting threats of terrorist attacks in their homelands directed or inspired by al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham (ISIS). The conflicts in the Middle East have destabilized the region and are feeding sectarianism globally, creating conditions ripe for al Qaeda and ISIS recruitment and expansion.
Characterizing our fight against the Islamic State group as one that does not and will not involve “combat troops” is a disservice to the men and women who are, at present, facing combat in the Middle East. It is a political trope that no one who is serious about defeating the Islamic State will be able to keep.
The 2017 defense budget bets on third offset strategy technological breakthroughs, but the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines worry about the wars of today.
Military power is the foundation of America’s foreign policy and America must have robust tools of power to succeed. It will take two things to rebuild America’s armed forces: reform of the Pentagon, and more funding invested in end strength and new inventory.
Henry Kissinger’s “realist” approach to Russia is neither realistic in its diagnosis of the problem nor in its prescription for solving it.
In advance of the White House’s release of its 2017 fiscal budget tomorrow, AEI defense experts weigh in on what we can expect for the US military.
The Pentagon is launching a pilot program to freeze troops’ sperm or eggs as part of widespread reforms to personnel policies across the force. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he wants the military to be more family friendly and able to compete for the best talent with private sector employers like those in the world of tech.
We have just scratched the surface here of the irregularity of Hillary Clinton’s practices while at the State Department. And that could be the FBI’s hardest job: How to find sufficient resources to investigate properly before the suspect becomes their boss. The race is on.
We must not develop tunnel vision around today’s terrorist threat. There are several actions we can take now to minimize the known unknowns of tomorrow.
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