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deterrence

In the history of naïve statements, few will stand the test of time like that uttered by President Barack Obama at his first address to...
Trump

President Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday night was undoubtedly the best speech he has ever given, even if it is unlikely to mark a...
defense budget

President Trump has called for a substantial increase in defense spending—nearly 10 percent or $54 billion. That’s serious money, and it’s seriously needed to rebuild...
advisors

All the way back in 2007, Lt. Col. John Nagl suggested, in a paper for the Center for New American Security, that it was time...
McMaster

There are few people in the world for whom I have more respect than Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, the newly named national security adviser. A...
Mike Flynn

Michael Flynn’s departure as national security adviser is a symptom of a White House in crisis. In truth, he should never have been hired in...
nuclear weapons

As if the temperature of America’s political discourse wasn’t hot enough, it may be about to reach critical mass. CQ Roll Call reporter John Donnelly revealed...
carriers

Perhaps the greatest difference between the political left and right when it comes to national security is that the left tends to demonize the projection...
defense budget

The Washington Post caused some double-takes around the Beltway with this article by Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward. The authors claim in the opening paragraph:...
James Mattis

The nomination of the retired Gen. Jim Mattis to be secretary of defense is not without controversy. The reasons are multifarious, ranging from his fairly...
defense spending

One of the few pledges that Donald Trump made during the campaign that brought joy to the hearts of national security conservatives was his promise...
NSC

Sixty-one years ago this month, The Economist published the seminal piece that popularized “Parkinson’s Law,” the notion that “work expands so as to fill the time available...