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Europe’s Combat Aircraft Conundrum: Will UK Partner With France, Germany?

Posted by Douglas Barrie on


Barring the collapse of the British government, London plans to unveil its Combat Air Strategy during the Farnborough Air Show. Unlike its Brexit strategy to leave the European Union, there is general consensus here around the broad thrust of the document: position the UK to remain a key player in the design, development and manufacture… Keep reading →

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Shutdown Looms, North Korean War Closer, UK PM Mocked

Posted by Colin Clark on


CORRECTED: Changed Stealth To Fifth Generation Fighters In Fifth Paragraph.  WASHINGTON: Can the Christmas holidays come quickly enough? Republicans, hungry for their first major legislative accomplishment since the 2016 elections, are focused above and beyond all else on changes to tax law, leaving a dangerous vacuum into which a shutdown could fall. Last week, the… Keep reading →

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Allies Can Help US Lower Weapons Costs, Build New Force

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Shifting from a primary focus on counterinsurgency land wars to building a high intensity combat force able to prevail against peer competitors is a significant challenge for the United States and its closest allies after 15 years of COIN. A key dynamic within this effort is the crucial opportunity the US and its closest allies have to… Keep reading →

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How To Strengthen Alliances On President Trump’s Watch

Posted by Michael Krepon on


America’s Asian allies have been unnerved by President Donald Trump’s dismissive rhetoric about alliances based on cost/benefit grounds, and his decision to dump the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. That’s part of the reason Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled in Asia to calm nerves in Tokyo and Seoul. America’s European allies are also deeply unsettled by Trump’s… Keep reading →

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Why Mattis Headed East: Time For China Strategy

Posted by Andrew Krepinevich on


Why is newly confirmed Defense Secretary Jim Mattis making his first overseas trip to the Western Pacific to confer with two of America’s key allies, Japan and South Korea? After all, both Mattis and Gen. Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have declared Russia poses the greatest danger to the United States. But… Keep reading →

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The BREXIT Reality: A Key Opportunity for European Reform

Posted by Harald Malmgren on


Brexit, instead of being the end of an era, may be an opportunity for a  political opening to a much needed, long overdue reform process in Europe. Much of the discussion of the British vote to leave the European Union (EU) has ignored the reality of political sclerosis in Europe; the status quo is not stable; the Brexit… Keep reading →

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Tighten Your Belts Thru 2020, Says Gen. Amos; ‘I’m Already Taking Risks’

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The military is in for another eight years of tight budgets, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos predicted today. The good news is that the relationship between the four Joint Chiefs who craft their budgets and their chairman is “better than it ever has been.” In his public remarks, the commandant hammered home the… Keep reading →

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UK Defense Chief To NATO: Pull Your Weight In Europe While US Handles China

Posted by Otto Kreisher on


WASHINGTON: Great Britain’s new defense minister delivered a surprising rebuff to his fellow European defense leaders: Stop complaining about being abandoned as the US shifts its focus to the Asia-Pacific region and prepare to “do much more of the heavy lifting” on security in your own backyard. Secretary of State for Defense Phillip Hammond issued… Keep reading →

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Obama Should Copy Nixon: Avoid Foreign Conflicts, Use Allies, Invest in R&D

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Nixon, Ford, and Carter aren’t anyone’s three favorite presidents. But defense policymakers today could learn something from how they handled the hard times of the 1970s: They shifted costly security burdens to foreign partners while pulling US forces out, and they cut defense budgets generally while protecting long-term investments in “seed corn” technologies that… Keep reading →

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