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Reject Navy's Budget Gimmick

by William D. Hartung, Erica Fein

Defense News, Jun-30-2015 | Article

Congressional defense appropriators and authorizers are engaged in an oversight food fight over the Ohio-class replacement program to acquire the next-generation ballistic missile submarine... Read More »

Can 'All the King's Men' Put Iraq Together Again?

by Charles Knight

Huffington Post, Jun-26-2015 | Article

Once again President Obama is being sharply criticized by domestic opponents for what Politico calls a 'gaffe' uttered in a press conference in Germany on 8 June 2015... Read More »

Struggle Goes Far Beyond the Eurozone — It is About Europe’s Unity and Security

by Harry Blaney

Financial Times, Jun-23-2015 | Letter

Does anyone in Europe know what they are doing to themselves? The basis for the euro and the EU should and must be, in the end, “one for all and all for one”... Read More »

Bashir's Escape from Justice

by Harry Blaney

The New York Times, Jun-23-2015 | Letter

Challenges point to a failure of vision among Europe’s national leaders and their political parties... Read More »

Book Review: Arms and the Dudes

by Colby Goodman

Washington Independent Review of Books, Jun-22-2015 | Article

A gripping account of the U.S. government's unfortunate use of contractors during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars... Read More »

Don't Rush Forward on the F-35

by William D. Hartung

The Hill, Jun-22-2015 | Article

To hear Lockheed Martin and the Pentagon tell it, the myriad problems with the F-35 combat aircraft are all behind us, and it is time to dramatically ramp up production of the plane. Nothing could be further from the truth. The plane continues to have basic problems with engine performance, software development, operating costs, maintenance, and reliability that suggest the Pentagon and the military services should proceed with caution... Read More »

Defense Reform Should Go Deep

by William D. Hartung, Matthew Fay

Real Clear Defense, Jun-15-2015 | Article

Everyone from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to House Armed Services Committee chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) agrees that the Department of Defense is desperately in need of reform. The question is what reforms to make... Read More »

The Mexican Federal Police Don't Have Public Standards on When to Shoot People

by Laura Weiss

Huffington Post, Jun-15-2015 | Article

The Mexican Federal Police, Mexico's primary public security institution, does not have a public manual on the use-of-force, meaning no current standards define when a member of the police can use force, including lethal, on another person... Read More »

We Can't Bomb Our Way to Peace

by Stephen Miles

USA Today, Jun-11-2015 | Article

It is painfully clear that there is no U.S. military solution to the deepening crisis in Iraq. Deploying 450 more American servicemembers — in addition to the 3,000 already there — will not bring peace to Iraq nor heal the bitter sectarian divide fueling the conflict... Read More »

More Aid for Nigeria?

by William D. Hartung

New York Times, Jun-02-2015 | Letter

The Obama administration should think twice before ramping up assistance to Nigeria’s security forces. Increasing military aid to an unreliable partner can often do more harm than good. Given its history of corruption and human rights abuses, it is extremely unlikely that the Nigerian military can make effective use of additional American aid... Read More »

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