Essay: A strategist remembered
Nearly all of the obituaries for Gen. John Shalikashvili, who died July 23 at age 75, have stressed his humanity, sterling character and fascinating life story. And what a story it was. Only...
By Joseph J. Collins
Defense analysts periodically propose a mix of nuclear and conventionally powered submarines to increase U.S. undersea force structure. They argue that conventional submarines (SSKs) are so...
BY REAR ADM. JOHN B. PADGETT III (RET.)
What if U.S. troops were used — and acquiesced in being used — to conduct extrajudicial targeted assassinations inside the sovereign territory of another country without prior...
By Gregory D. Foster
The failed secretary
Despite the near-universal praise Robert Gates received as secretary of defense, a systematic consideration of his tenure reveals a persistent record of failure.
By Bernard I. Finel
Playing with money
To improve military acquisition, save precious defense dollars and get war fighters the tools they need to win our nation’s conflicts, we need a new type of war game. In this game, war...
By Keith Brown
The Air-Sea Battle concept (ASB) has garnered significant attention since its public offering by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments in May 2010. Independent of the CSBA...
By J. Noel Williams
The Afghan narrative
Almost every human conflict has a narrative associated with it that simultaneously describes the cause one group is fighting for as much as it defines what it is fighting against. The...
By Daniel R. Green
In this issue
The Navy’s submarine fleet is a key component of America’s ability to project power overseas. In an era of tighter budgets, however, some observers have advocated supplementing...
To the soldiers who are wringing needless acronyms and jargon from the upcoming edition of the Army’s Field Manual 1-02, the service’s dictionary of operational terms and...
To congressional Republicans for turning a medium-term problem into an immediate crisis by threatening to block efforts to raise the debt ceiling.
To Adm. Mike Mullen for showing unusual concern for his troops while serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs.