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“The Challenge of Pakistan”

When it comes to fingering trouble spots in the arc of crisis that springs from the Middle East and ranges west to Libya and east to India, No. 1 — with a bullet — is invariably Pakistan. It’s a vexing stew of tribal rivalries, economic stresses, religious hatreds and a perpetual war alert — perhaps including nuclear war — …

Pentagon Unveils Defensive Cyberwar Strategy

The Pentagon rolled out its new cyber-defense strategy Thursday, hyping it with the news that foreign hackers (from an unidentified country) invaded the computers of one of its (unidentified) contractors in March and pilfered 24,000 sensitive documents in one fell swoop.

Cyber-security is a Pentagon growth area, make no mistake …

Who Ends the Libya War, the Rebels or NATO?

Like two evenly-matched bantam-weights tiring as they enter the final round of a matchup low on the global strategic undercard in which the crowd has long-since lost interest, NATO and Libya’s Colonel Muammar Gaddafi are staggering towards the final bell. NATO will keeping jabbing away and win the bout on points, no doubt, but it’s …

Air Force Argument for New Bomber Bombs, Top General Says

Marine General James “Hoss” Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, just made a lot of enemies in the Air Force. Over breakfast Thursday, he made clear he finds the service’s push for a new manned bomber as a part of the U.S. nuclear triad less than convincing. “I’m known as a bomber-hater, I guess,” the nation’s No. …

Don’t Ask…About “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell…”

…because it is getting really confusing, as I tried to detail Wednesday night on the PBS NewsHour, along with Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, in a segment with Judy Woodruff. There’s a race now underway — will “Don’t Ask” die a merciful death, hospiced away under the Pentagon’s carefully thought-out …

“What’s Pakistan’s Role in Afghanistan Going To Be?”

As the U.S. begins pulling troops out of Afghanistan, is Pakistan going to be a help or a hindrance to stability in the region? John Nagl of the Center for a New American Security and your Battlelander discuss the issue with Dr. Nora Bensahel, counter-insurgency expert with CNAS, and Dave Barno, retired Army lieutenant general and …

Military Suicides: The Families Left Behind

In the recent swirl of articles and blogs about the new Presidential policy on honoring those who suicide in combat with a condolence letter, there are some who may be lost: the Families. The controversy seems to be about whether or not you should “honor” the Soldier who died with a letter of condolence. Recently the White House …

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