In George Will’s column today in the Washington Post (“Obama is Right on Syria”), Will references an essay in the most recent issue of the American Interest by Owen Harries and Tom Switzer (“Leading from Behind: Third Time a Charm?”) … read more
It’s a sad state of affairs when a major allied country can spend 1.5% of its GDP on defense and remain Europe’s No. 2 in military spending. But that’s the case now with France, whose defense expenditure remains only slightly … read more
When President Obama first drew the “red line” last summer on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s possible use of chemical weapons and then again last December, he almost certainly believed that this was a line Assad would not cross. To do so … read more
Yesterday, Chuck Hagel gave what amounts to his “opening address” as the new secretary of defense. As expected, it was full of arguments about the need for reforms in how the Pentagon goes about its business—some true enough, others less … read more
Much has been made of the fact that the new spending bill passed by Congress this past month has given the Defense Department both $10 billion additional dollars to help alleviate the shortfalls in its operations and maintenance accounts and … read more
Also of Interest
The IEA estimates that the United States will pass Russia as the world'd largest producer of natural gas, which may lead to a gas glut. Though the logical solution would be to export LNG to countries whose domestic resources are short and who are paying premium prices for new suppliers, the White House has been dragging its feet on the issue at the cost of imoprtant strategic and economic gains.
Defense sequestration: America's strategic cliff
American military preeminence has contributed to global security since the end of WWII. And while we know what today’s costs for keeping this global preeminence are, we are losing sight of what the much larger bill might be, should we lose it.
Forward progress: Global development in the 21st century
Join AEI and the Center for American Progress for a joint event featuring Dr. Rajiv Shah, the administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), with a conversation on the role of international development and the reforms needed to achieve results.