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This Is the Greatest Challenge Facing the Pentagon (Not China or Russia)

The Pentagon must reform its acquisition process to transition new technologies from the research and development phase into production more quickly. But while the Pentagon needs to restructure, the last thing the Defense Department needs is more bureaucracy.

“We have a problem perennially of connecting the research and development enterprise to the production,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told an audience at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, on May 25. “The lasting in the world we need is bureaucracy.  To me, there is way too much of that.”

The Litigious Society's Latest Take on Terrorism

The recent passage by the U.S. Senate of a bill labeled the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act elicited cheers from those wanting to see any kind of significant bipartisan action in Congress. The bill is intended to amend existing law regarding sovereign immunity to make it easier for U.S. citizens to haul foreign governments into U.S. court for involvement in the 9/11 terrorist attacks; Saudi Arabia is the unnamed but obvious target.

Is China Really That Dangerous?

The United States dominates the globe militarily. Washington possesses the most powerful armed forces, accounts for roughly 40 percent of the globe’s military outlays, and is allied with every major industrialized state save China and Russia.

Yet the bipartisan hawks who dominate U.S. foreign policy see threats at every turn. For some, the People’s Republic of China is replacing the Soviet Union as America’s chief adversary. They view another military buildup as the only answer.

Is Taiwan a Country?

In her recent inauguration speech, Tsai Ing-wen said very little of what Beijing wanted to hear from her. Instead she chose to assert Taiwan’s nationhood using language that is sure to aggravate China’s leaders. As a result, we are now likely to be standing on the verge of a new round of conflict across the Taiwan Strait.

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