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President Trump’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy

January 11, 2019

“We remain a nation at war.” President Trump’s new National Strategy for Counterterrorism, released in early October, begins with that simple statement of fact. Despite the West’s victories in the several major wars of the 20th century, the 21st century is not an age of peace. It is yet another age of conflict. We don’t […]

Iranian Aggression, Israeli Red Lines, and U.S. Interests

July 2, 2018

An Israeli general says his nation’s recent strikes on Iranian forces in Syria have left Iran far from cementing a presence there but also have left Israel needing support to end that presence completely. Wednesday’s comments by Israeli Major General Michael Edelstein at a Washington event provided a rare public assessment of Israel’s strategy in […]

State of the U.S. Military: A Defense Primer

December 31, 2015

An analysis of the defense budget does not fully capture the state of the U.S. military. But the numbers do tell us that the U.S. Department of Defense is the world’s largest organization. Its annual budget was $578 billion last year. It employs just under three million people. It owns or operates 557,000 facilities in […]

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