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Does Free Trade Have a Future?

Despite ambitious plans for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Obama administration appears likely to make little progress in advancing U.S. free trade agreements during its remaining months in office. At the same time, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have expressed skepticism about trade agreements and the world’s largest common market—the European Union—is apparently losing a key member in the wake of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the group.

Revealed: How the US Marine Corps Is Creating Its Own Third Offset Strategy

The senior leadership of the Pentagon is scurrying hither and yon in pursuit of the new vaunted Third Offset Strategy. Their efforts include going to Silicon Valley, Austin and Boston in order to establish relationships with sources of innovation in the private sector, spreading small amounts of research money around to stimulate new ideas and standing up new offices designed to more rapidly insert new capabilities into the current force structure.

Cross-Domain Fires: US Military's Master Plan to Win the Wars of the Future

“Imagine this. An F-18 Hornet acquires a target at sea, an enemy ship, and then passes the track data through Link-16 to any potential shooter with the right munitions and within range of the enemy ship. That information is passed through a gateway to several potential shooters on land such as the Paladin or High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS.”  -- Adm. Harry Harris, Pacific Commander. 

False Choices: Destroying ISIS or Deterring Russia and China

FORT BENNING, GA, U.S. ARMY MANEUVER CENTER OF EXCELLENCE—As the wet bulb pushed 109, 12,000 US Army Soldiers continued to train across the sprawling post on the banks of the Chattahoochee River to be our newest Infantrymen, Armor crewmen, paratroopers, Cavalry troopers, snipers, and master gunners among a host of other martial skills.  While the business of training our future Soldiers and leaders continued unabated, 3 Commanding Generals of the Maneuver Center shared the campus.

Philippines vs. China in the South China Sea: Beijing at a Geopolitical Crossroads

"An overwhelming victory" is how Paul Reichler, lead counsel of the Philippines, describes the Award issued by Permanent Court of Arbitration Tribunal in the case of Philippines v. China concerning the South China Sea (SCS).  The Tribunal unanimously granted all but a handful of Manila’s claims, and in doing so laid down a significant number of rulings that will reshape the discourse over the SCS disputes in the years to come.

The 5 Most Powerful Armies in 2030

The focus of ground combat operations has shifted dramatically since the end of the Cold War. Relatively few operations now involve the defeat of a technologically and doctrinally similar force, leading to the conquest or liberation of territory. Preparation for these operations remains important, but ground combat branches also have a host of other priorities, some (including counter-insurgency and policing) harkening back to the origins of the modern military organization.