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
According to a front-page story in the Washington Post today, the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board issued a report recently that argued the intelligence community had become too focused on supporting the war efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and against al … read more
In yesterday’s Financial Times, Gideon Rachman wrote another one of his interesting columns, “The Shadow of 1914 falls over the Pacific,” noting some of the similarities in the current situation in the Far East and the international situation before World … read more
Senator Lindsey Graham’s skewering yesterday of former senator and prospective defense secretary Chuck Hagel over the latter’s comments about the “Jewish lobby” and its ability to “intimidate” members of Congress will certainly go down in the history of confirmation hearings … 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.