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  1. Commentary: Offset 3.0: Why It's Not Enough

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announced the launch of a Defense Department-wide effort to pursue innovation. Despite his departure, the formidable Defense Department bureaucracy has now been aligned in pursuit of the so-called

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  2. Commentary: Sequestration: Bad Business Practice

    Sequestration was seldom spoken this fall, but averting the harmful across-the-board cuts must once again become a topic of conversation within the halls of Congress.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  3. Editorial: Ash Carter's Priorities as SECDEF

    Ash Carter is going to have to hit the ground running when he succeeds Chuck Hagel as America's 25th defense secretary.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  4. Commentary: 21st Century Arms Control

    Tom Collina and Kingston Reif, who published an op-ed in the Nov. 3 issue about nuclear weapons, are responsible arms control advocates. We need from them less about the Cold War and more on 21st century arms control.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  5. Commentary: Give Guard a Nuclear Option

    The US National Guard has always played a varying role in homeland defense. In the 1950s and 1960s, the air sovereignty mission often had the Air Guard in particular doing the heavy lifting in intercepting airspace violations.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  6. Editorial: Make the Right Choice for SECDEF

    Conventional wisdom holds that when you decide to announce the departure of a Cabinet secretary, be sure to have a successor in hand. Instead, the White House announced Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's resignation without naming a replacement.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  7. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announces his resignation while President Barack Obama looks on in the State Dining Room of the White House. Saul Loeb / AFP

    Column: Is Congress the Answer to Hagel Replacement?

    Cabinet secretaries come and go. But you wouldn't think it watching the Obama White House.

    • Nov. 28, 2014
  8. Nuclear Arsenal: Best US Investment

    With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently announcing he will provide an additional $10 billion to improve the nation's nuclear forces, advocates of nuclear abolition are undoubtedly upset.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  9. Commentary: Don't Forget Defense

    US defense leaders have been warning since 2012 about the destructive effects of the 2011 Budget Control Act (BCA).

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  10. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., talks to reporters at the US Capitol building on Nov. 12. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Column: McCain's Shadow War Cabinet

    Second-term presidents lame ducks at home spend ample time on foreign policy matters. Notch some trade deals, negotiate a cease-fire or two, take out some bad guys, isolate a US foe.

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  11. Editorial: Don't Count on More Funding

    Now that Republicans are set to take over the Senate and have increased their lead in the House, some in Washington predict a defense spending boom.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  12. Editorial: Civil Space Firms Are Key

    Recent accidents have prompted some to question the future of America's commercial space industry.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  13. Commentary: Growing Field of Military-Civil Overlap

    For the first time in its 64-year history, the Association of the US Army's annual exposition featured a pavilion dedicated to showcasing innovative homeland security solutions.

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  14. Commentary: Putting the Great Back Into Britain

    London: Britain faces an existential nomenclature challenge. Will the word 'Great' be expunged from its name and sentenced to permanent exile? Or, will Britain's better angels gather to resurrect a second finest hour?

    • Nov. 10, 2014
  15. Editorial: The Innovation Imperative

    The TechAmerica trade association last week issued its annual budget and industry forecasts, warning of widespread worry that defense companies aren't investing enough to remain competitive against ever more capable commercial firms.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  16. Editorial: Don't Back Down on Iran

    Negotiators from the United States and five other nations have been meeting in Geneva over the past year, seeking measures to curb Iran's nuclear program.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  17. Commentary: Missile Defense Can't Wait

    Russia shows no sign that it is willing to de-escalate tensions with the West. Indeed, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has made clear that he anticipates a long-term freeze in ties with Washington.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  18. Commentary: Time To Save, Not Spend More on Nukes

    The United States is planning to spend hundreds of billions of dollars it does not have to rebuild its nuclear arsenal to last another 50 years. But the Cold War threats and budgets that sustained the stockpile in the past are long gone.

    • Nov. 3, 2014
  19. Commentary: Nordic-Baltic Progress

    The recent Swedish hunt for a suspected Russian submarine, perhaps in distress, deep into Swedish territorial waters says much about the changing security climate in the Nordic-Baltic region, and the need for more Nordic-Baltic defense spending and a long

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  20. Commentary: Climate Change Increases Instability for All

    Recently, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at Sen. Harry Reid's Clean Energy Summit in Nevada, where she announced that climate change is 'the most consequential, urgent, sweeping collection of challenges' facing us today.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  21. Editorial: Stand Up to Russia

    Six weeks ago, NATO leaders convening for their biennial summit in Wales vowed the alliance would never allow its borders to be violated.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  22. Editorial: Use More Airpower Against IS

    Since air strikes against so-called Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq started, critics have suggested that air power is ineffectual.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  23. Editorial: The Future of Net Assessment

    Andy Marshall plans to retire as the director of the Pentagon's Office of Net Assessment on Jan. 2, after four decades as one of the most influential men in US national security.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  24. Commentary: Reserve Aviation Is Taxpayer's Best Deal

    The current wrangling over the future of AH-64 Apache attack helicopters in the US National Guard provides a case study in the deliberately flawed methodology used to regularly justify active component force structure and their budgets.

    • Oct. 20, 2014
  25. Commentary: Growing Into World Markets

    The US defense budget is at a precipice. Will the projected budget decline and sequestration continue? Will the new threat of the Islamic State and a resurgent Russia revitalize the defense budget?

    • Oct. 20, 2014
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