White House strategist Steve Bannon. Screen capture via YouTube Podcast — what the NSC does and why it’s important by MATTHEW GAULT U.S. President Donald Trump’s first month in office has ushered in a whirlwind of change. One bit of procedural change raised eyebrows among the national security crowd. At the end of... Read more
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster speaks at the U.S. Naval War College. U.S. Navy photo H.R. McMaster has a history of questioning American strategy by KEVIN KNODELL Pres. Donald Trump has a new national security adviser. U.S. Army lieutenant general H.R. McMaster replaces Mike Flynn, who quit after lying about his contact with... Read more
U.S. president Donald Trump with staff and generals in February 2017. U.S. Central Command photo Everyone loses when nuclear weapons — of any kind — get involved by GEOFF WILSON and WILL SAETREN As Donald Trump’s first three weeks in office come to a close, critics are pointing out that his iconic slogan, “Make America Great... Read more
Montenegrin police take alleged coup plotters into custody on Oct. 16, 2016. Radio Free Europe Capture. Tiny Balkan country’s accession to NATO remains controversial by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN It was election day in Montenegro on Oct. 16, 2016 when then-Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic announced police had arrested 20 Serbians and Montenegrins.... Read more
One of many potential security breaches by KEVIN KNODELL “The president receiving the news about the missile incident from North Korea on Japan with the prime minister sitting next to him,” Richard DeAgazio wrote on his public Facebook profile at 9:07 in the evening on Feb. 11, 2017. The post included the... Read more
China first, Russia second by Michael Klare If there’s a single consistent aspect to Pres. Donald Trump’s strategic vision, it’s that the simple principle of “America First” should always govern U.S. foreign policy, with this country’s vital interests placed above those of all others. “We will always put America’s interests first,” he... Read more
The revolving door is spinning as fast as ever by MANDY SMITHBERGER Lockheed Martin is the top recipient of Pentagon contracting dollars. In 2015 alone, the Maryland-headquartered firm received $29.4 billion and served as the prime contractor for the U.S. military’s largest acquisition program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Increasingly it’s... Read more
Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert McGuire, assigned to the forward-deployed destroyer USS ‘McCampbell,’ stands by during flight quarters with an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter in November 2016. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christian Senyk All options are ‘on the table’ by RAJAN MENON Forget those “bad hombres down there”... Read more
A Yezidi fighter on Mount Sinjar. Matt Cetti-Roberts photo Victims include rival elites and ideological foes by PATRICK BURKE Rwanda, Srebrenica, Sinjar, Aleppo. There’s a whole generation of academics who have spent their careers attempting to explain these massacres. Their research has largely identified three types of armed groups that... Read more
U.S. Pres. Donald Trump and U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, Central Command chief, on Feb. 6, 2017. U.S. Central Command photo Trump’s election has led to odd alliances by REBECCA GORDON You know you’re living in a looking-glass world when former Vice President Dick Cheney speaks out against one of Donald... Read more
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