Tagged: military

Adapting Naval Strategies to Match 21st Century Developments

As the U.S. has concluded its large-scale military involvement in Afghanistan, Congress has deemed it appropriate to decrease the percentage of the American budget devoted to defense. This has caused the armed services to analyze which aspects of their operational functionality require what amount of funding. One of the results...

Joint Chiefs’ Military Strategy 2015: Protecting U.S. Interests Across the Globe

The U.S. military remains the world’s strongest fighting force; its proficiency in armed warfare is what gives America its superpower status. However, the military’s ability to leverage its dexterity and engage in a variety of non-combat missions plays a substantial role in advancing the nation’s international interests. The Joint Chiefs...

The National Security Implications of a Changing Climate

The subject of climate change and its implications are continuously disputed. The global warming repercussions are downplayed or exaggerated depending on one’s perspective and news source. As the country moves towards a new election, the prioritization of this issue will be hotly debated. Candidates will provide their various perspectives and...

Examining Weakness in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to Project Future Development and Influence the U.S.-China Relationship

The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, RAND Corporation has released a report seeking increase understanding regarding the state of China’s armed forces through extensive primary source analysis and independent analysis. This report, China’s Incomplete Military Transformation: Assessing the Weaknesses of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), attempts to answer several important questions such...

Army Releases Report on 2014 Fort Hood Shooting

On April 2, 2014 U.S. Army Specialist Ivan Lopez-Lopez killed four soldiers (including himself) and wounded 12 others aboard the Army Installation in Fort Hood, Texas. This tragic event occurred less than five years after the November 5, 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood where Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and injured 30. The Department...

War on Terrorism: A Visual History

Operation Enduring Freedom began on October 7th, 2001 when the U.S. and U.K. joined forces to strike terrorist training camps and infrastructure in Afghanistan. In the thirteen years since, the tides of soldiers in the region have seen many phases of warfare. Eradicating Taliban cells in remote villages, training and...

Taking a Hard Look from Above: Task Force Issues New Recommendations for U.S. Drone Policy

For a one-year period, a task force of three expert working groups (the “Task Force”) met under the roof of the Stimson Center to focus on different aspects of current Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) policy. The Task Force, composed of 10 senior-level military, intelligence, legal, and academic scholars, focused on...

Federal Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Targeted Killing of Anwar al-Aulaqi

This Monday a federal court released a July 2010 Justice Department memo that justified a DoD or CIA drone strike against senior al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Aulaqi. The 41-page memo, penned by then-Assistant Attorney General David Barron, sheds new light on the controversial “targeted-killing-of-American-citizens” debate in the United States. It explores the legal aspects...

New CSIS Report Forecasts Dissolution of Iraq Security Forces, Signals Necessary Reforms

On Friday June 12th, the Arleigh Burke Chair in Strategy from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) released a report, Shaping Iraq’s Security Forces which sheds light on the current state of Iraqi Security Forces and the observable decline since 2011. In light of recent events involving militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and...

Climate Change through a National Security Lens: Recommendations of CNA’s Military Advisory Board

Addressing climate change issues has quickly become a top priority for both governmental and non-governmental entities worldwide. Internationally, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) has been reporting on international climate change issues since September 2013, and domestically, U.S. agencies have been responding to and implementing the Obama Administration’s June...