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House to Obama: Guantanamo Should Stay Open

For lawmakers in the House of Representatives who have been working on the 2015 National Defense Authorization bill for months, May 22, 2014 was a day of celebration and a big sigh of relief.  On this day, the full House overwhelmingly passed the defense policy bill by a resounding 325-98 vote—a voting margin that is becoming less and less common on foreign and defense policy issues in the U.S. Congress, given Washington’s hyper-partisan atmosphere.

Could Asymmetric Warfare “Sink” the U.S. Navy?

As the conflict in Ukraine continues to evolve, it’s time to reflect on what tactics were successful in the early Crimea campaign. One event in particular should serve as a wakeup call for US naval strategists. In March, pro-Russian forces sunk two ships in the narrow channel that connects Ukraine’s Southern Naval Base to the Black Sea. With the entrance blocked, several Ukrainian ships were trapped in Donuzlav Bay.

The Great Ballistic Missile Defense Debate Continues

The issue of ballistic missile defense (BMD) was a controversial one when U.S. President Reagan first advocated a strategic-level system in the early 1980s. It remains so today—defenses against theatre- and tactical-range missiles are gradually improving, but no effective strategic-level system is in sight. Consequently, mutual deterrence will continue to define great-power nuclear relations for many years to come.

Through the Looking Glass on the AUMF

On May 16, 2013, the Senate Armed Services Committee held a hearing that Senator Angus King called the “most astoundingly disturbing hearing that I have been to since I have been here.” The subject was the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), the piece of legislation passed in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks that has served as the legal basis for both America’s war in Afghanistan and its broader “war on terror.” Observers at that hearing were stunned both by the breadth of the exe

Why the West Should Be Ashamed about Ukraine

Over the course of events that have transpired during the Ukraine crisis, there have been unwarranted provocations from Moscow, bouts of violence in eastern Ukraine, illegal referenda (and one annexation) and incessant finger pointing in all different directions. But one place at which everyone’s fingers should be pointed is Brussels.

China Cyber Indictments: What Happens Next?

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted five People’s Liberation Army officials for hacking into the computers of U.S. companies to steal trade secrets. The indictment alleges that the PLA Five stole information that would be useful to the companies’ competitors in China, including state-owned enterprises (SOEs). This is a significant development, as the U.S.