The pit and the pendulum

Civil-military relations in an age of austerity

In Edgar AllAn Poe’s short story “The Pit and the Pendulum,” an unnamed protagonist avoids a fatal fall only to find himself in deadly danger …

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Tricare’s toll

To the Defense department for tackling the rising cost of military health care for retirees. As overall defense spending declines, the growing cost of caring for retirees and their families threatens to …

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Letters to the Editor

Digital deficiency

Lt. Col. Michael Lanham is spot on [“When the Network Dies,” December]. As recent events have proven to the Navy and the crew of the Guardian [the mine countermeasures ship …

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Editor’s Note: Someone else’s problem

Cybersecurity is tough, and not just because it’s technical.

Despite the hue and cry over the growing threat of cyber attacks, it is difficult to get the various players to invest the …

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In Yemen, an adversary adapts

How to confront the evolving al-Qaida threat

It’s time to stop looking at al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula solely through a counterterrorism lens. AQAP, having realized that it requires the support of …

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Budget blunder

To the Obama administration for counting on Congress to help fix things.

The Defense Department’s $527 billion request for fiscal 2014 is quite close to the projection made last year (not including …

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Malice in Wonderstan

How Pakistan impedes progress in Afghanistan

“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you ran very fast for a long time, …

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To the Navy

For its recent efforts in mine warfare.

Navy interest in mine warfare historically follows a kind of sine-wave pattern, as Defense News naval correspondent Christopher P. Cavas puts it. In the 1980s …

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To Washington

For the sequester.

Having failed to come to a budget agreement, Congress tried to design something that would be too stupid to happen, and apparently it wasn’t stupid enough. DoD then failed …

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Unwritten rules: Along Israel’s flammable borders, infractions spark wars

In the perennial faceoff between Israel and various armed organizations, the distance between cyclical violence and full-on war can be measured by how well the players adhere to unwritten, yet clearly understood, …

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