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DoD Shifts Acquisition, Tech Efforts Toward Major Powers

After spending 13 years fighting non-state actors in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, the US Defense Department is shifting its institutional weight toward developing a new acquisition and technology development strategy that focuses more on...

PACER Plus and labour mobility: how to do a deal

The PACER Plus negotiations drag on, seemingly without end. There are no potential trade gains for the Pacific from this free trade agreement. They already have tariff-free access to Australia and New Zealand. And...

Australia, Fiji and Pacific regionalism

Fiji’s declared starting point for talking to Australia about the future of Pacific regionalism is that Australia should leave the Pacific Islands Forum. Australia’s undeclared position—made clear by its actions—is that the Forum is...

Internal Study: Israeli Deterrence Needs Overhaul

Israeli deterrence is due for a wholesale overhaul, from basic theory and language to practical matters of intelligence targeting and operational planning up to the way the military fights and advises government leaders. …read...

Former Commander: Israel Made 'Strategic Mistake'

Israel’s latest Gaza operation illustrates the strategic consequences of crossing that Clausewitzian-inspired line of culminating deterrence, where tactical actions aimed at containing escalation ended up dragging it into an unwanted war of attrition. …read...

Turkey May Restart Missile Defense Program

Turkey’s procurement bureaucracy is rethinking a multibillion dollar program to build the country’s first air and missile defense program, keeping ‘all options open,’ including scrapping the existing competition and merging it with a longer-range...

Kurdish Independence

Michael Knights comes back on the show to discuss issues related to Kurdish independence. Topics covered include: Kurdish autonomy through the 1990’s and 2000’s The Kurdish economy and the importance of oil Unity and...

New Leader Tasked With Upping Profile Of Air University

On Nov. 10, military officials, civic leaders and community notables from around Montgomery, Alabama, gathered to watch Lt. Gen. Steven Kwast take command of Air University, the center of education for the world’s largest...

Fall Of Berlin Wall Did Not End East-West Divide

Staunton, November 14 – The fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago did not end the division between East and West as some imagine. Instead, that division, although it now runs along a...

Pentagon Finalizes $4.7 Billion for 43 More F-35s

The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have finalized a $4.7 billion deal for 43 F-35 Lightning II aircraft including new fighters for the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy along with five planes for international...

Putin Lost Ukraine Even Before the Maidan, Portnikov Says

Staunton, November 21 – On the first anniversary of the beginning of the Maidan demonstrations, Vitaly Portnikov says, it is important to understand that “Putin lost Ukraine even before the Maidan, before the dispersal...

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