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Beijing's Buildup - and America's Answer

Beijing's Buildup - and America's Answer

As the rest of the world slashes defense budgets, China is moving in the opposite direction.

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Breaking the Ice in the Arctic

Breaking the Ice in the Arctic

Without the rest of the world noticing, Russia is slowly moving into the Arctic regions, possibly to the detriment of other nations.

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The anonymous war against ISIS

The anonymous war against ISIS

Despite a $1 billion price tag and commitment of significant military resources, the mission against ISIS is still, puzzlingly, unnamed.

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The Costs of Turning Inward

The Costs of Turning Inward

The United States is at a crossroads with its space program after spending decades revering it as a source of national pride and achievement.

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Playing the Kurdish Card

Playing the Kurdish Card

If, or when, Iraq crumbles, the United States should remember its 'old friends' - the Kurds.

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A busy base in East Africa

A busy base in East Africa

As operations in Afghanistan wind down, it’s Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti – the front line and jumping-off point for U.S. expeditionary forces defending our freedoms and fighting our enemies.

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Learning by Disaster

Learning by Disaster

The consequences of an Army with fewer resources and fewer soldiers are glaring and grim.

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A Promise Kept

A Promise Kept

Even though other countries are displeased with the United States, they don't forget the sacrifices of American veterans laid to rest on their native soil.

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U.S. Navy: Drifting Toward Danger

U.S. Navy: Drifting Toward Danger

If cuts to the Navy cause the United States to lose its status as a maritime power, the effects will be felt domestically and ripple through to the rest of the world.

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Time for NATO to Focus on Fundamentals

Time for NATO to Focus on Fundamentals

As Russia's military expands, NATO is returning to its traditional role of deterrence.

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Jordan: An Unsung Ally

Jordan: An Unsung Ally

Jordan is emerging as an ally that shares U.S. interests and ideals, but Americans don’t seem to appreciate this old friend in the Middle East.

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Off We Go

Off We Go

Few know the power of the modern Air Force, which can reach out and touch any point on the globe with near-instantaneous speed and lethality.

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Global Guess Who?

Global Guess Who?

Playing a game of global 'Guess Who'? reveals that countries aren't always exactly as we believe them to be.

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Missile Defense Progress Report

Missile Defense Progress Report

As North Korea and Iran develop ICBM technologies even further, funding U.S. missile defense becomes even more imperative.

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Japan Reawakens

Japan Reawakens

Following China’s lead, Tokyo has decided to flex its military right. The policy benefits American concerns in the region.

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Syria: No Easy Matter

Syria: No Easy Matter

The president kept Syria at arms-length for two years, but at what cost?

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Strategic Moves

Strategic Moves

Despite popular notions, a world with less nuclear weapons is not necessarily safer.

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America’s First Responders

America’s First Responders

Our country's unsung military branch, the Coast Guard, is fighting the drug war and war on terror, while it guards 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline.

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Seeking Closure on Guantanamo

Seeking Closure on Guantanamo

Is Guantanamo contrary to what we are as a country, or is it the 'least-bad' answer to a hard question?

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A doctrine of 'mutually assured disruption'

A doctrine of 'mutually assured disruption'

Large-scale cyberattacks are happening so often that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of the onslaught.

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Monroe Doctrine Version 2.0

Monroe Doctrine Version 2.0

U.S. foreign policy from the 19th century should provide guidance on dealing with China's move into Latin America.

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The Special Relationship Deepens

The Special Relationship Deepens

Winston Churchill's claim that U.S. and Britain would share a 'special relationship' proved prescient, as the two countries have promoted each others' interests for 70 years.

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Pacific Pivot

Pacific Pivot

Many countries have increased their military power in response to China’s build-up; the United States isn’t one of them.

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Time for a Hormuz Doctrine?

Time for a Hormuz Doctrine?

The Strait of Hormuz is a vital international waterway; Iran's closure of it could wreak havoc on the global economy.

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Rogue Russia

Rogue Russia

Russia’s re-emergence on the global stage should force Washington to develop realistic foreign policy on its former Cold War enemy.

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Death by a Trillion Cuts

Death by a Trillion Cuts

If Congress fails to reach a deficit-reduction deal by year's end, the results could be back-breaking.

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Desert Shield

Desert Shield

As Iran's nuclear capabilities grow, other countries are growing weary of Tehran's volatility and the increasing threats it poses.

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Lessons of October

Lessons of October

The Cuban Missile Crisis has lessons to teach about foreign policy, even 50 years after the incident.

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Into Africa

Into Africa

Instability and weak governments have led to the ‘Talibanization’ of African nations.

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A Helping Hand for the Commander-in-Chief

A Helping Hand for the Commander-in-Chief

As the president pledges U.S. military interventions abroad, important checks-and-balances between the executive and legislature might be eroding.

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