If our troops shot as wildly as our politicians and bureaucrats fire off words, we’d never win a single firefight. The inaccurate terminology tossed about by presidents and pundits...
By Ralph Peters
Turmoil in Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda’s recent decision to step down in the face of implacable indecision in Tokyo has confounded alliance management. What should Washington do about a...
BY PAUL GIARRA
Since its creation almost six years ago, the Department of Homeland Security has accomplished much in its efforts to protect the nation, but serious challenges lie ahead.
By Michael Chertoff
The right defense budget
The next president must finish the 2010 defense budget, set priorities for 2011 and beyond, and conduct the next Quadrennial Defense Review — all urgent and critical tasks.
Balancing strategy and budgets
“Five times in the last 90 years, the United States has disarmed after a conflict: World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and then the Cold War,” testified Defense Secretary...
By Mackenzie Eaglen
Investing in readiness
The current U.S. housing crisis — with suddenly skyrocketing interest rates and unexpectedly large payments for homeowners coming due — holds some lessons for defense budget...
By Marion C. Blakey
Our shrinking, more costly force
It is common knowledge that the Pentagon is spending more in inflation-adjusted dollars today than at any point since the end of World War II.
By Winslow T. Wheeler
An outer space defense bargain
Much like the world’s oceans, space is now a medium that enhances and reinforces the power of the U.S. military.
By Eric Sayers
In this issue
America is at war, new flashpoints around the world threaten our security almost daily, and force modernization has lurched to a point that almost all major military recapitalization...
From our online discussion boards
Army Maj. David Bigelow responds to continuing debate on Barry Fagin and Lt. Col. James Parco’s article “A Question of Faith,” January AFJ
To attackers of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. With yawn-inducing, inside-the-Beltway predictability, those who sought to kill the F-22 have now turned their focus on to the Air...
To Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis for expunging the term effects-based operations (EBO) from Joint Forces Command’s doctrine. In a memo, the JFCom commander makes a clear case against...
Shamed into action
To the Army for its sexual assault prevention program that has been exposed for what it is: a box-check policy with no bite. How else to explain that three years after the program was...