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Putin's Grand Strategy for Ukraine

"Moscow has found a winning tactic during its annexation of Crimea, and has made it the overarching strategy for achieving interests in broader Ukraine."

Obama's Goal in Asia: Reassure Nervous Allies

A critical trip to calm nervous partners and allies in the Pacific. 

Is America's "Rebalance" to Asia Dead?

Can it hold together through various international crises and cuts to defense spending? 


China Goes Ballistic

China's growing missile and nuclear forces will pose a complex, challenging threat to America and its allies.

Abandon Nation Building

We cannot mold other states in our own image.

Say Goodbye to Taiwan

Time is running out for the little island coveted by its gigantic, growing neighbor.

The Deepening Chaos in Sinai

A security vacuum in the Egyptian peninsula has created a dangerous haven for terrorists and all sorts of illicit actors.

Demystifying Iron Dome

The successful missile-defense system doesn't herald similar gains against ballistic missiles.

Wasting the Golden Hour in America's Iraq Meltdown

A firsthand account of the U.S. failure to seize the initiative in the early days of the Iraq occupation.


AirSea Battle: Washington's Favorite Punching Bag

A straw-man attack on on a misunderstood defense concept.

The Smart Way to Bomb Syria

If we're going to do this, we should do it right.

Books & Reviews

Redcoat Leaders Weren't All Dolts

The British generals who lost the American Revolution were hardly incompetent fools.

Dilemmas of the Modern Navy

The maritime services are under growing strain. But is there really no alternative to U.S. sea hegemony in the same form we have seen it in since 1945?

Generals on the Firing Line

Tom Ricks thinks we don’t make generals like we used to. He may be right.

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April 25, 2014