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Should We Ban ‘Killer Robots’? Can We?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The Pentagon insists it doesn’t want them. But could a global ban really rein in Russia or China?

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Pentagon: Syria Struck From All Sides, No Missiles Intercepted

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: In one of the largest coordinated international air operations in years, over 100 American, British and French guided missiles slammed into three Syrian chemical weapons facilities early Saturday morning, launched from an armada of aircraft, submarines, and ships offshore. The Pentagon was careful Saturday to say that the assault didn’t seek to topple the… Keep reading →

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Allies “Entering a New World” in Confronting Russia, U.K. Official Says

Posted by Paul McLeary on


A British defense official talks about an age of competition among great powers, putting the Ministry of Defense on the same page as its Pentagon colleagues

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World War I Reenactor Shows Off Gear For Centennial At AUSA

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


AUSA: 100 years after America entered World War I, the Army is honoring the service of its soldiers, complete with reenactors dressed in painstakingly detailed reproduction uniforms. Turns out a lot more science and engineering went into an infantryman’s kit than you might imagine.

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Trump’s ‘More Militaristic’ Acts Box US Into Corner

Posted by Daniel L. Davis on


There is a narrative threading through Washington which smugly suggests that “instead of weakness, we now have strength” in the White House. After eight years of feckless “leading from behind,” President Trump has reasserted U.S. credibility, and as a result, our enemies fear and respect us again, resulting in a more secure global environment.  In… Keep reading →

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The Pentagon’s Own Road to Damascus

Posted by Nathan Freier on


It’s not often that people close to the military come out and critique current policy, especially as it is taking shape. When it happens, it is often newsworthy either because of what they say or because of who they are. Today, we offer an in-depth critique of US strategy and our evolving policies toward Syria… Keep reading →

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Kerry Sez US Won’t Wait Long For Russians On Syrian Chemical Weapons

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: At an often combative hearing about the US use of force after Syria’s killing 1,400 of its citizens with chemical weapons, Secretary of State John Kerry said America “will not wait for long” to hear details of Russia’s proposal to put the weapons under international control. “We are waiting for word on the… Keep reading →

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With Public Skepticism Still Strong About Syria, DoD Stresses Limited Engagement

Posted by Colin Clark on


  THE PENTAGON: As Congress continues to receive thousands of letters and email expressing opposition to any American military action against Syria, the Pentagon and the rest of the Obama administration keeps hammering away at the idea that any strikes will be limited and won’t involve any “boots on the ground.” Here are some of… Keep reading →

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Kerry, Hagel Press Senate To Approve Syrian Strikes: ‘Deter And Degrade’

Posted by Colin Clark on


UPDATED: Through End of Today’s Hearing. CAPITOL HILL: Secretary of State John Kerry, taking the lead in arguing the administration’s case for limited strikes against Syria for killing more than 1,400 civilians with chemical weapons, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Iran and North Korea are watching what we do. Kerry told the committee… Keep reading →

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A ‘Limited Strike’ On Syria? Considerations For Congressional Debate

Posted by Robbin Laird on


President Obama has made it clear that Syria crossed a “red line” by using chemical weapons against its own people. The proposed remedy is to execute a limited strike to change the behavior of the Assad government, but without putting troops on the ground, without regime change or without an international stamp of approval. Congress… Keep reading →

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