Your Cart

911: A Remembrance

Posted by Colin Clark on


This day remains a special marker for all Americans, our friends, allies and our adversaries. It stands on its own, emblazoned in our minds.

read entire article

French Defense Chief: ‘It’s Called Article 5, Not Article F-35’

Posted by Paul McLeary on


French government photo

Paris wants to partner with the US, but a top French defense official says an unpredictable White House is forcing Europe to strike out on its own.

read entire article

Counterterror Costs Since 911: $2.8 TRILLION And Climbing

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: After a small group of forlorn men huddled in the middle of Afghanistan succeeded in their plan to strike the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, America declared a global war against them. That war has sucked almost $3 trillion dollars from the US, according to a study by the respected Stimson Center… Keep reading →

read entire article

Exclusive — Rethinking Intel In The Age of Trump: DNI Coats & PDDNI Gordon

Posted by James Kitfield on


The great challenge for intelligence agencies in the age of Trump was dramatically highlighted this month when a senior South Korean delegation arrived at the White House carrying a secret bombshell message. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un wanted a face-to-face summit with President Donald Trump to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. Waiting to debrief… Keep reading →

read entire article

My 911 And The Future Of the Afghan War

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Robbin Laird is an old defense hand. Today, he’s a consultant and a member of the Breaking Defense Board of Contributors, but he served as special assistant for the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1979-1983 and also worked on the National Security Council for two presidents. Here’s the piece he posted on his website, Second Line… Keep reading →

read entire article

How To Avoid War With North Korea

Posted by Michael Krepon on


Donald Trump spirals downward. As long as he remains in the White House, we are called upon to do everything in our power to limit the damage he can do. Above all, there is the need to prevent a war of choice to disarm North Korea of its nuclear weapons. There are many reasons to… Keep reading →

read entire article

Afghanistan: It’s Trump’s War Now

Posted by James Kitfield on


When he stepped before the cameras last night to deliver his first prime time address to the nation, Donald Trump became the third president to reluctantly take ownership of the war in Afghanistan. After campaigning on ending costly entanglements for a war-weary country, the president admitted he was hemmed in by some hard realities. “A… Keep reading →

read entire article

Keep The Pilots For B-21: Former B-2 Fliers

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: The B-21 will be America’s next bomber and the Air Force says it will be “optionally manned.” That’s fine, say some of America’s most experienced B-2 pilots. Just keep the pilots. You’ll want them for those rare moments when everything goes wrong and a human being needs to take the controls and make… Keep reading →

read entire article

911: Do We Need A Director of National Intelligence?

Posted by Bob Butterworth on


One of the major shifts in American intelligence after the terror attacks of 911 was the creation of the Director of National Intelligence and a whole new agency to serve him in his task of ensuring America’s 17 intelligence agencies (including the DNI) played well together, effectively shared information and didn’t waste too much in… Keep reading →

read entire article

Rep. Nunes Knocks DNI ‘Bureaucracy’; Schiff Calls On Obama To ID Russia For DNC Hack

Posted by Colin Clark on


WASHINGTON: The persistent grumbles from the CIA and other bastions of the Intelligence Community that the Director of National Intelligence is just an unneeded layer of bureaucracy has caught the ear of House Intelligence chairman Rep. Devin Nunes. He promised to try and pass legislation to change this but admitted it would be “tough” to get… Keep reading →

read entire article