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American Power

A while back I was interviewed about one of my books. At some point, the discussion took a bad turn when my interviewer violently objected to my stating that America ...
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The QDR — Good for Nothing

It is time to kill the congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review — or radically revamp it. Congress’s original intent, in the National Defense Authorization Act of 1997, was wise: to initiate ...
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Budgets and Strategy

Earlier this month, the Defense Department released its budget priorities and choices for the next year in an attempt to align America’s strategy with its means — always a noble ...
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Soft Power, Smart Power

During World War II, Stalin’s advisers encouraged him to seek the favor of the pope. He famously replied: “How many divisions does the pope have?” Decades later, the Soviets came ...
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Why Armies Matter

Around the Pentagon, the budget cutters have put away their knives and are reaching for axes. In times like these, every service naturally circles the wagons around its share of ...
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Firing Generals

To paraphrase Shakespeare: “The first thing we do, let’s fire all the generals.” This is the basic prescription of military journalist and writer Tom Ricks, who, in his new book, The ...
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The Army We Need

Last week, former Army chief of staff Gen. Gordon Sullivan editorialized that the Army is repeating the mistakes of the post-Vietnam era, when it turned away from a decade’s experience ...