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Upcoming U.S. Defense Strategy: Weakness, Trembling, and Passing the Buck

September 2, 2012

Official Washington has begun to focus on the implications of the planned sequestration of funds in January that will result in record cuts in defense spending.  But while the financial impact is grave, attention should be paid as well to the administration’s philosophical approach to defending our national interests, laid out in a January DOD […]

Fire on the Water: Tensions in the Persian Gulf

August 9, 2012

The United States is planning to hold a mine sweeping exercise near the Persian Gulf in September focusing “on a hypothetical threat to mine the international strategic waterways of the Middle East, including the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf.” Cooperating with 20 other nations in the […]

The Beginning of the End for Asad?

August 8, 2012

On Monday, Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Hijab announced his defection from President Bashar al-Asad’s “killing and terrorist regime” and his decision to join the “blessed revolution”. Hijab, who was appointed by Asad only two months ago, was tasked with forming Syria’s cabinet and held a largely symbolic office. Many have asserted that this news does […]