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Afghanistan: Mission Impossible or Mission Accomplished?

Afghanistan: Mission Impossible or Mission Accomplished? By Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam August 21, 2014 Since August 2003, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been engaged in Afghanistan to conduct security operations, train and...

AISS co-parts in Afghanistan-Tajikistan-India Trilateral Meeting

AISS co-parts in Afghanistan-Tajikistan-India Trilateral Meeting 18 August, 2014 The Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies (AISS) participated at the first meeting of Afghanistan-Tajikistan-India Trilateral process, in Tajik capital, Dushanbe on 17-19 August 2014. The...

The three big questions of defense-industrial strategy

Commercial or military, autarkic or globalized, public or private? What are the industrial base issues that need to be considered in any defense strategy? In this age of austerity in military spending, we are...

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...

FYSA: For Your Situational Awareness l Issue 10

This month’s edition of the International Security Program’s electronic publication includes: DoD Faces Huge Capacity Cuts Under Sequester By Clark Murdock Asia: Three Divergent Visions, Increasing Tension By John Schaus Will Ukraine Drive Europe...

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...

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