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Transforming the U.S.-Japan alliance

Until recently, the U.S.-Japan alliance has been little more than a Cold War relic. The main issue of discussion — other than economic and trade — has been …

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To the Taiwanese legislature’s defense committee

For voting down funds to purchase Patriot PAC-III missile defense systems and P-3C Orion submarine-hunting aircraft. The Legislative Yuan, controlled by Taiwan’s long-time ruling party — but now opposition party — the …

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To Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

For speaking out clearly — if quietly — on detainee policy. Speaking several weeks ago at West Point, retiring Justice O’Connor allowed that the Geneva Conventions might not have been drafted with …

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The Air Force’s ‘Big Five’

During the Reagan military buildup of the 1980s, the Army made impressive progress in its modernization efforts by identifying its five most important new programs, and never missing an opportunity to highlight …

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Hearts & minds model?

Last month AFJ took a look inside Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan, and Vance Serchuk pronounced these joint civilian-military efforts to be a key to winning the hearts and minds of Afghans, …

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What the Japanese military needs

As Japan’s Self-Defense Forces prepare to respond to the challenges of operating in a combined way with U.S. forces, the question of whether Japan’s own military services can operate in a joint …

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Land power revisionism

Readers who wonder why the joint force remains handcuffed by parochialism and a chronic shortage of trust need only read “The shape of brigades to come” in the October issue to find …

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To the Bush administration

For — whoops! — losing a senior al-Qaida operative, who apparently broke out of Bagram prison in Afghanistan this summer. The escape of Omar al-Farouq, one of Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenants …

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“Don’t get lost in the slideology.”

The English suffix -ology denotes a field of study or academic discipline. Anyone who ever has accomplished the task of putting together a slide show can now add to their CV the …

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The ‘who’ question

The many defense reviews of the post-Cold-War era, beginning with the first Bush administration’s “Base Force” plan, have couched themselves in the language of “capabilities” rather than threats. It’s been as if …

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