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Covering a defense story today? Here’s the latest from the experts on the AEI defense team.

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Director of U.S. National Intelligence James Clapper (R) listens to CIA Director John Brennan (L) during testimony at the House Intelligence Committee on "Worldwide Threats", in Washington February 4, 2014.

The reforms announced by CIA Director John Brennan may prove beneficial, but, at the end of the day, even the best intelligence can’t overcome a reluctant president.

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Rogue regimes—governments and groups that eschew diplomatic normality, sponsor terrorism, and proliferate nuclear weapons—threaten the United States around the globe.

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Director of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute, Fred Kagan is a foreign policy strategist and military historian. In this conversation, Kagan and Kristol discuss the strategy for the troop surge in Iraq in 2006/07, which Kagan helped devise.

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Days after gunmen reigned terror in France, more answers are emerging in the case while many remain uncertain.

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President Obama is determined to close Guantanamo Bay by the time he leaves office but Congress made it virtually impossible to move any detainees to prisons on American soil. With increasing cases of terrorists getting radicalized in prison there is big fear that Guantanamo detainees can return to the fight.

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The threat in Yemen is not just from al Qaeda, but that foreigners can go there to train to commit terrorist attacks.

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AQAP is using Yemen as a training ground for homegrown terrorism. While tightening border security is an option, it’s just a band-aid solution to a threat that needs to be addressed in those regions.

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scene after a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, January 7, 2015. Reuters

As the U.S. Congress turns this year to the issue of whether to renew, reform, or let die key sections of the Patriot Act on terrorism surveillance, it might want to keep in mind what has just happened in Paris.

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