Analysis & Opinion

The Battle for the Pentagon’s Budget

The Battle for the Pentagon’s Budget

The fight against terrorism reflected the Pentagon’s unpreparedness to conduct low-intensity operations. Now, the battle for the Pentagon’s budget and the struggle to find the right budget balance with a clear mission statement is well under way. The end of […]


Light Air Support: Another Contentious USAF Acquisition

Light Air Support: Another Contentious USAF Acquisition

The capability gap of a light attack aircraft came to the attention of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) in 2007. Against the jet-only conventional wisdom, CENTCOM started preliminary efforts to acquire a robust, cost-effective, easy to maintain and heavily armed […]


US Military Presence in the Asia-Pacific and the Implications for Australia

US Military Presence in the Asia-Pacific and the Implications for Australia

The Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) talks next week come at a time when Australia’s most important ally is reassessing its strategic policy and disposition of forces in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia’s security has long depended upon a robust US […]


Bringing Back Counter-Insurgency: AT-6B vs. A-29B

Bringing Back Counter-Insurgency: AT-6B vs. A-29B

In the next few months the U.S. Air Force will have to pick the winner of the Light Attack Armed Reconnaissance Aircraft (LAAR) competition. This decision will influence how the U.S. Air Force carries out close air support (CAS) and […]


The Mexican Military 2006-11: Adapting, Transforming, and Modernizing Under Fire

The Mexican Military 2006-11: Adapting, Transforming, and Modernizing Under Fire

The fight of state versus non-state groups has characterized warfare in the 21st century; these last include a wide assortment of terrorists, insurgents, pirates, and criminals. Theaters of operation are as varied as the enemy, ranging from the jungles of […]


The Long March: Building an Afghan National Army

The Long March: Building an Afghan National Army

Background and Purpose The Afghan National Army (ANA) is seen as a sine qua non for security in Afghanistan. The recent resurgence of the Taliban, operating out of bases in Pakistan and parts of Afghanistan, underscores the threat to the […]


North Korea poses no real threat to the world

North Korea poses no real threat to the world

As the North Korean nuclear issue took a new, dangerous turn on Monday, RIA Novosti sought out the opinion of Douglas H. Paal, vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Paal also served on the National […]


Limited Armed Stabilization and the Future of US Landpower

Limited Armed Stabilization and the Future of US Landpower

The author takes a critical look at the mission assignment and orientation of U.S. landpower. He calls for an unconventional revolution in U.S. land forces that optimizes them for intervention in complex and violent crises of governance and security in […]


BAE Systems Committed to Nowra for Seahawk Support Contract

BAE Systems, NOWRA, Australia: BAE Systems plans to establish a world class aviation maintenance facility in Nowra, NSW, if it secures the contract to support the Royal Australian Navy’s S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter fleet. Jim McDowell, Managing Director, BAE Systems Australia, […]


 
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