Archive for November, 2006

The F-22 and the F-35 “are going to have to be offboarding what they find.”

The U.S. Air Force has a new word for transmitting: offboarding, the transmission of the vast quantities of sensor data scooped up by F-35 and F-22 jets to other aircraft, warships and …

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Warfare — past and present

What has changed and what remains constant?

Since the end of the Cold War, an internal struggle has taken place between U.S. military “transformationalists” who hyped the wonders of the Information Age …

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Plan B for Iraq

Consider all options

The odds of Iraq surviving as a constitutional democracy with its present borders intact are down to 50/50. While it’s still too soon to give up on the effort …

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Midterm maneuvers

What Democratic gains will mean for the military

Election Day is around the corner, and partisans are looking forward to — or dreading — the prospect that Democrats will take control of …

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The spec ops

Expansion plans leave many in Army Special Forces uneasy

he impending expansion of Army special operations forces laid out in this year’s Quadrennial Defense Review is spreading waves of unease throughout the …

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To the Iraq Study Group,

for further fanning the fire over whether to quit Iraq. The panel, led by former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, let it be known publicly in October that it was considering …

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The Islamabad dilemma

Success in Afghanistan depends on success in Pakistan

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away — that is, the 2000 presidential race — candidate George W. Bush could not recall the …

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Afghanistan: What Next?

Afghanistan’s winter of discontent will throw NATO daunting challenges that extend far beyond skirmishes with the Taliban. In their thoughtful essay, Greg Mills and Terence McNamee conclude that answering the thorny question …

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for having the integrity to spell out home truths.

In a series of pointed statements that should rightly leave many in the White House and Congress uncomfortable, the general said he must …

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Special forces and horses

Excerpted from “War Made New”

The MH-47E Chinook touched down at Landing Zone Albatross at 2:00 A.M. on Friday, October 19, 2001, halfway around the world from New York City, where the …

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