In this conference, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, mental health and disability experts, and an economist will discuss current hurdles to rehabilitation, and suggest alternatives that could more effectively expedite the reintegration of veterans into their families, communities, and workplaces.
There are heated debates here and abroad about what exact policies should be put in place in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to violate Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by sending Russian troops to Crimea.
The budget announcements this week from Defense Secretary Hagel seem to have awoken the media to the fact that the US military is not what it used to be, a reality that unsettles both those who believe the US should maintain a perponderance of military power and those who rely on the US to keep a vaiety of dangers at bay.
The New York Times reported that the NSA and its overseas partners have monitored American lawyers. But this is not based on what is actually provided by the leaks themselves, which show just how circumpsect NSA and its allied SIGINT partners appear to be.
Ever since Republicans won in a landslide in the 2010 midterm elections, the conventional view among pundits has been that the newly ascendant Tea Party is to blame for turning the country inward. While there is obviously some truth this portrayal. But it falls short of explaining the reality of the situation.
Call it the Spiderman Doctrine: With great power comes great responsibility. Enunciated by Germany's President Joachim Gauck in a speech at last week's Munich Security Conference, this sentiment made front page news all over Europe. Why? Because Mr. Gauck urged Germans to fundamentally rethink their attitude toward international affairs in general and international security in particular.
The idea that an issue as important as NSA programs could be so cavalierly handled at the last moment is just another reason to wonder just how much more damage can this administration do the nation’s security over the next three years.
In the aftermath of the leaks by Edward Snowden on the NSA's collection programs, a common refrain among the agency's critics is that we are only a step away from the era of "Big Brother." But this ignores the fact that it is virtually impossible for any of the intelligence community's major components to carry out a program that impinges on American privacy and get away with it for long.