Defense One

The Contradiction at the Core of Trump's North Korea Strategy

The president’s national-security advisers say they’re running out of time to do something extremely time-consuming.
Release: Oct 20th, 2017 08:10 | All

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The Bloody End of the Islamic State's Utopian Dream

The fall of Raqqa this week completed the slow-motion demolition of the world’s only utopian movement worthy of the name.
Release: Oct 20th, 2017 08:04 | All

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Trump’s Iran Strategy Is No Strategy At All

It's a laundry list of grievances, some get-tough rhetoric, and a quixotic retreat from diplomacy that ties one hand behind the president's back.
Release: Oct 19th, 2017 13:54 | All

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One Technology Could Help Solve IED Detection — And Airport Security Too

New radio-wave sensors are designed to suss out explosives hidden in laptops or car bombs alike.
Release: Oct 19th, 2017 12:10 | All

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This Technology Could Help Solve IED Detection — And Airport Security Too

New radio-wave sensors are designed to suss out hidden explosives —whether in car bombs or carry-on laptops.
Release: Oct 19th, 2017 12:10 | All

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How Somalia’s Deadliest Attack Ever Tore Open the Heart of a Nation

The collective rage over the Mogadishu bombing ignited a renewed sense of unity among Somalis, leading to protests in major cities and the staging of
Release: Oct 19th, 2017 07:08 | All

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China Is Quietly Reshaping the World

The staggering scope of the country’s infrastructure initiative—and what it means for the international order.
Release: Oct 18th, 2017 10:30 | All

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America Has Become Dispensable in Iraq

The conflict in Kirkuk offers further evidence of Iran’s steady rise.
Release: Oct 18th, 2017 09:20 | All

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Let's Walk This Through: If North Korea Launches An ICBM, Then...

It takes a lot of rosy assumptions to get to President Trump’s 97% chance of success.
Release: Oct 18th, 2017 08:29 | All

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No One Knows Whether the US Can Shoot Down a North Korean ICBM

But it takes a lot of rosy assumptions to get to President Trump’s 97% chance of success.
Release: Oct 18th, 2017 08:29 | All

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Can the United States Broker Peace Between Iraq and the Kurds?

Washington should respond to sectarian conflict near Kirkuk by seeking to preserve a united Iraq while supporting Kurdish autonomy.
Release: Oct 18th, 2017 02:30 | All

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How 4 Green Berets Took Down Joseph Kony’s Army With Tailored Messages

For six years, a U.S. Special Forces team waged psychological warfare against a murderous warlord. Here’s how they won.
Release: Oct 17th, 2017 14:16 | All

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How US Special Operators Helped Take Down Joseph Kony’s Army With Tailored Messages

For six years, an elite Army team team waged psychological warfare against a murderous warlord. Here’s how they won.
Release: Oct 17th, 2017 14:16 | All

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The War on ISIS Held the Middle East Together

With the fall of Raqqa, the sad story will pick up exactly where it left off in 2014.
Release: Oct 17th, 2017 10:07 | All

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‘We're Not Taking Sides,’ Trump Tells Clashing Kurds, Iraqis

The Pentagon watches two American allies turn on each other, as Iraq’s fractious politics are laid bare once again.
Release: Oct 16th, 2017 16:38 | All

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How the US Air Force Made Its ISR Network Cheaper to Run and Easier to Upgrade

Real-world lessons from a leader of the three-year effort to convert DCGS to open architecture.
Release: Oct 16th, 2017 09:23 | All

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Donald Trump, Dealbreaker

The president's America First policy is causing the U.S. to withdraw from the world.
Release: Oct 14th, 2017 06:00 | All

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The Questions Raised By Trump's Iran Deal Decision

The U.S. will stick to the nuclear agreement—for now.
Release: Oct 13th, 2017 10:02 | All

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Trump Administration Gambles On Iran Nuclear Deal

White House staffers say the president will decertify the 2015 seven-party agreement, introducing uncertainty and worrying arms control watchers.
Release: Oct 13th, 2017 07:34 | All

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The Real Lessons of Vietnam — and Afghanistan

As the Trump administration reshapes American strategy, they should look to history for guidance, yet understand that it offers no blueprint.
Release: Oct 13th, 2017 06:15 | All

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Ending America's Paralyzed Iran Policy

Decertifying the nuclear deal without walking away gives the Trump administration an opening to confront the Islamic Republic’s foreign meddling.
Release: Oct 12th, 2017 15:36 | All

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The 2% Benchmark Is Blinding Us to NATO Members’ Actual Contributions

It is far more revealing to look at the forces and capabilities each country sends abroad on alliance missions.
Release: Oct 12th, 2017 10:36 | All

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If War with Russia Breaks Out, Borders and Bureaucracy Could Slow the West’s Response

In a summer of multinational exercises in Europe, the first thing the U.S. Army learned was: ‘Borders are hard.’
Release: Oct 12th, 2017 10:00 | All

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Two Nuclear Deals, Two Countries, Three Decades Apart

Does the failed nuclear agreement with North Korea have lessons for the Iran deal?
Release: Oct 12th, 2017 07:45 | All

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Should the US 'Send In the Marines' After Hurricanes?

The military can make a big difference right away but humanitarian deployments should generally be rare and brief.
Release: Oct 12th, 2017 02:24 | All

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