Archive for August, 2007

What if there is no terrorist network?

The National Strategy for Combating Terrorism published in February 2003 candidly acknowledged that “our knowledge of the inner workings of some terrorist organizations remains incomplete” and “the shadowy nature of these organizations …

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America’s security puzzle

Is America safer today than it was on Sept. 10, 2001? Is there a grand security strategy? To better understand these questions, AFJ assembled a round table of analysts from across the …

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Looking back

A historian mines lessons from 20th century’s conflicts

“The Changing Face of War: Lessons of Combat, from the Marne to Iraq,” by Martin van Creveld; Ballantine Books, $24.95.

Martin van Creveld penned …

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Flying lessons

As an Army aviator and avid reader of AFJ, I was excited to see your cover story dedicated to the employment of emerging tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) used to counter the …

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Backing a winner

The weak horse, the Long War and the road ahead

Back in December 2001, Osama bin Laden famously stated, "When people see a strong horse and a weak horse, by nature, they …

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The wrong weapon

TO THE PENTAGON for its decision to replace the Iraqi military’s AK47 assault rifle with the M16 and M4. The stated reason is that the switch came at the request of the …

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The silent crisis

The precarious state of U.S. civil-military relations

If there is a crisis in civil-military relations, but nobody acknowledges it, is the relationship sound?

Torture. Atrocity. Cover-up. Stonewalling. Congenital secrecy. Unaccountability. Operational failure. …

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To new British Prime minister Gordon Brown

For latching the U.K. defense secretary with a second job of Scottish secretary.

Dual-hatting a defense secretary at any time seems a strange decision. But for the U.K. to split this mission …

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To the Supreme Court

For agreeing to review two cases involving detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who are arguing for the right to challenge their detentions before a federal court.

The Supreme Court’s apparent U-turn — …

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From our discussion boards

“I doubt whether there’s any magic formula that will give us better generals. MacArthur was arguably our greatest general, and certainly a master of the English language (his farewell to the Corps …

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