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Reflections on the Alliance Lunch 1.On May 13, Lexington Institute sponsored a luncheon meeting of a dozen experts to discuss the future of alliances. Without trying to characterize the content of the whole meeting, I would like to note three interesting issues that arose. Because [Read More...]
Iraq Campaign Underscores Value Of Jumpjets Issue Brief The military services are rushing to complete assessments of what lessons can be learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom, before defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld draws his own (less congenial) conclusions. Some service findings are likely to be controversial, such [Read More...]
Why Allies? Which Allies? Issue Brief Does the United States need allies in the 21st Century? If so, what kind of allies does it require? Although the United States has collaborated with many nations throughout its history, including in pursuit of its independence, the [Read More...]
DDX Will Decide Whether Warships Have A Future Issue Brief Ever since Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet embarked on a globe-girding display of power at the dawn of the American Century, the Navy’s surface combatants — battleships, cruisers, destroyers and frigates — have secured the world’s seas for [Read More...]
Alliance Radio Interview I did a 15 minute radio interview today on KURV Radio in the southern Rio Grande valley of Texas. The reporter, Fred Cruz, was concerned that the French-German-Belgian military alliance announced this week was going to lead to the unraveling [Read More...]
Strategic Warning: The Promise And The Problem Issue Brief On April 11 the New York Times published a remarkable interview with Dr. Stephen Cambone, the Defense Department’s new Under Secretary for Intelligence. Cambone is the first person to occupy the position, created in recognition of the central [Read More...]
Iraq War Plan: Why Rumsfeld Was Right Issue Brief It appears there are only two places in America where Donald Rumsfeld is still held in high regard: the White House and everywhere outside the Washington Beltway. The latest complaint capital insiders level against Rumsfeld is that he [Read More...]
After Iraq: Risks to U.S. Airliners Rising Fast Issue Brief Former Centcom Commander Gen. Anthony Zinni (USMC-Ret.) once observed that Saddam Hussein was just about the only foreign leader stupid enough to challenge America where it was strongest — on a conventional battlefield. Zinni was talking about Iraq’s [Read More...]
Homeland Security: Measuring Success Issue Brief Are we safer now than were on September 11th? At one level this is an existential question to which no concrete answer is possible. At another level it is an eminently practical question that demands detailed response. The [Read More...]
Iraq: A Different Kind Of Ground War Issue Brief The success of the U.S. military campaign that begins this week in Iraq will depend on ground forces. Air power can defeat enemies, but it can’t occupy territory or impose a new political order. On the other hand, [Read More...]
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