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Category: Policy

Transition in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Progress and Risks

The political risks and instability in Afghanistan and Pakistan are all too apparent. It is unclear that Afghanistan can create a stable central government, and it is unclear that Pakistan’s present central government can...

On the Arrogance of Should-Cost

Better outcomes in military procurement still await a better-educated workforce. In April 2010, then-Under Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter promulgated the first version of his Better Buying Power concept, which mandated (amongst other things)...

What Uber Can Teach the Pentagon

The appointment of SVP Emil Michael to the Defense Business Board is a good start. Last week, the Defense Department announced that fully eight new members would be joining its Defense Business Board, the...

Agile, or Fragile?

The USAF’s strategy sounds better than its plans. In Real Clear Defense, my Atlantic Council colleague Alex Ward recently endorsed the US Air Force’s concept of strategic agility as what’s needed for the service...

Lexington: Chuck Hagel’s world

UK Only Article: standard article Issue: Back to Iraq Fly Title: Lexington Rubric: The cold realism of America’s defence secretary Main image: 20140816_USD000_0.jpg EVEN in cash-strapped times, America’s defence secretary does not so much...

How to Prevent the Third World War

14 August 2014 Patricia Lewis Research Director, International Security In this centenary year marking the start of the First World War, and in the lead up to the 70th anniversary of the end of...

The Iranian Sea-Air-Missile Threat to Gulf Shipping

The build-up of Iran’s naval, air, and missile capability is steadily increasing Iran’s ability to pose a wide range of threats to maritime traffic throughout and outside of the Gulf. read more …read more

Divesting the MRAP

BAE’s planned sale of Land Systems South Africa reminds us that not just companies, but countries, can reconstitute some industrial capabilities when needed. As was widely reported on Monday, BAE Systems and investment firm...

Next Level Questions on Iraq Operations

Scholars in the CSIS International Security Program offer analysis beyond the headlines on the evolving U.S. military intervention in Iraq. Q1: Is the United States doing enough in Iraq? By Clark Murdock, Senior Adviser...

Foreign Fighters and Threat Magnification

12 August 2014 Simon Palombi Consultant, International Security The threat of returning jihadists, while a real concern, is being overly amplified in the UK by a fearful national discourse. British members of Islamic State...

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