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Inside Army Futures Command: CFT Chiefs Take Charge

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. “We were never above probably a total of eight people,” the aviation Cross Functional Team chief, Brig. Gen. Wally Rugen, told me. “We’re not this big colossal thing, we’re...

Imran Khan and the future of India–Pakistan relations

By Mohammed Ayoob Imran Khan, cricketer turned politician, will take the oath of office as prime minister of Pakistan on 18 August. Strategic analysts in South Asia and elsewhere have been busy speculating about...

Encryption bill faces uphill battle

By Fergus Hanson After a few false starts, the government has released its promised legislation to address the ‘going dark’ problem caused by encryption—something that affects more than 90% of the data lawfully intercepted...

Trump Takes NDAA Victory Lap, But 2020 Looms

By Paul McLeary With the two-year budget relief ending in 2020, and a new Space Force to fund, the good times might not last long. …read more From:: Breaking Defense (Policy)

Why are Nerve Agents so Difficult to Make?

By Dan Kaszeta Nerve agents, both in the form of Sarin in Syria and in the form of the so-called Novichok A-234 in the UK, continue to claim both victims and headlines. A recurring...

Shifting the ‘gender agenda’ debate

By Lisa Sharland On 31 July, the minister for women, Kelly O’Dwyer, presented the third progress report to parliament on the Australian national action plan on women, peace and security 2012–2018 (NAP). As you’d...

PNG turns protectionist in its APEC year

By Rohan Fox, Stephen Howes and Maholopa Laveil The first sign that Papua New Guinea would be taking a more protectionist trade policy came in late 2015, with the banning of a number of...

The hard part of soft power

By Graeme Dobell Australia was grasping for soft power long before the term ‘soft power’ was invented. Here’s an official example from 32 years ago: Countries still achieve their international objectives by threat, bribe...

Trump’s Secret War on Terror

By Loren DeJonge Schulman and Daniel J. Rosenthal, The Atlantic Drone strikes continue and spread—away from public scrutiny or congressional oversight. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

Pence Makes Hard Sell For Trump’s Space Force by 2020

By Katie Bo Williams, Defense One The administration wants a new military service branch, but space mission’s future in the Pentagon and Congress is far from certain. …read more From:: Government Executive (Policy)

ASPI suggests

By Jacqueline Westermann, Malcolm Davis and James Brorson After a week of increased tension that included Saudi Arabia recalling its ambassador to Canada and expelling Canada’s representative in Riyadh—all because of a single tweet—Vox...

Facility shopping is fanning financial risks

By Adam Triggs Argentina has announced that it is seeking financial support from China to help manage its currency crisis. It is engaging in a process that has become known as ‘facility shopping‘. Countries...

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