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Will the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month with the strongest mandate of any Indian leader in 30 years jumpstart much-needed reforms? The answer will help determine whether India begins to fulfill its vaunted potential as a U.S. strategic partner in Asia and beyond.
With U.S. defense budgets declining and defense firms increasingly looking overseas to ramp up sales, one would think that India — a democracy in Asia with one of that largest militaries in the world in desperate need of modernization — would be the center of gravity for U.S. defense industry.
The state of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO's) land forces is something of a paradox. Although the alliance has no equal in terms of its gross domestic product, commands a wealth of human and social capital, and boasts the world's largest aggregate defense sector, NATO's land forces in particular have lost ground when it comes to their overall combat capacities.
The growing gap between what the nation demands of the military and what its capacity, capability and readiness will allow, thanks to reduced budgets, will eventually lead to unacceptable outcomes and consequences.
Gates’s candid description of how he came to detest his job makes for jaw-dropping reading, as the reader wonders how even this most bureaucratic of bureaucrats kept his emotions in check.
The president's weakness on national security need not be the final word on defense. It is the duty of Congress to provide for the common defense, and it is the duty of the opposition to make arguments that might correct the course of failing policies, which is exactly what the GOP needs to do now.
“This is my last election,” President Obama said in words caught on an open mic. “After my election, I have more flexibility.” He was speaking in Seoul, South Korea, in March 2012, almost exactly two years ago, to Dmitri Medvedev, then in his last year as Vladimir Putin's stand-in president of Russia.
Increasingly, the military is confronting a variety of cyber- and espionage-related threats that could undermine, and in some cases already is damaging, the safety of American forces and the effectiveness of contingency plans.