Author Archives: Rathna K. Muralidharan

Trump Drone War Against Al Qaeda Paying Dividends (From RealClearDefense) In 2016, the Obama administration described AQAP as “the most active and dangerous affiliate of al-Qaeda today.” Since taking office, Trump had made his counter terrorism strategy one of his top priorities. As his first year in office comes to [Read More...]
Sanctions On Iran Will Isolate The United States (From RealClearDefense) The president’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal under the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and the House’s bipartisan bill passed last Thursday to impose sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program could isolate the U.S. by jeopardizing [Read More...]
The U.S. Air Force’s Vital Role In Iraq And Afghanistan (From RealClearDefense) Despite being at war for the past 16 years, few Americans understand the extent of the U.S. Air Force’s role in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is because available information is incomplete, highly technical, and frequently classified. With the reveal of [Read More...]
Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal – A Historical Boost for U.S. Industry (From RealClearDefense) President Trump’s commitment to support Saudi Arabia through arms sales is not only an investment in U.S.-Saudi relations but also in the American defense industrial base. Providing Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to the Kingdom sustains manufacturing jobs in America and [Read More...]
The Battle For Iraq Doesn’t End With Mosul—Or ISIS (From The National Interest) As the battle of Mosul reaches its end, President Trump must decide how to proceed in Iraq. Both the U.S. and Iraqi governments’ rhetoric indicate American troops will withdraw after Mosul has been recaptured. However, that would leave the country [Read More...]
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