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Death by a Trillion Cuts

Written by: | Posted: Nov 15, 2013

With the election now behind us, it’s time for the president and Congress to return to the urgent budget work left undone during the long campaign. Specifically, they must avert the draconian defense cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act’s ...

Counting the Cost of Cuts

Written by: | Posted: Jun 6, 2013

With the election now behind us, it’s time for the president and Congress to return to the urgent budget work left undone during the long campaign. Specifically, they must avert the draconian defense cuts mandated by the Budget Control ...

Time for Hormuz Doctrine

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jan 2, 2013

Tehran is making lots of noise about closing the Strait of Hormuz, the vital international waterway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf that carries 17 million barrels of oil per day. Leaked intelligence reports suggest Iran may dump oil into the ...

The Pacific Pivot

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jan 1, 2013

In 2009, President Barack Obama proposed “spheres of cooperation” between the United States and China, and insisted that “the United States does not seek to contain China.” Four years later, the administration is in the ...

Rogue Russia

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Dec 15, 2012

After a decade of drift and decline in the years after the Cold War, Russia has used its oil wealth to regain a prominent place on the global stage. Regrettably, the part Russian president Vladimir Putin has chosen to play is that of rogue. ...

Rogues Gallery

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Nov 1, 2012

Originally published in The American Legion Magazine In 2005, long before there was an Arab Spring, Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami announced “the autumn of autocrats” and predicted that “the entrenched systems of control in the ...

Another Peace Prize Surprise

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Oct 17, 2012

Originally published in FrontPage So, the people that gave a peace prize to President Barack Obama (self-styled slayer of Osama bin Laden, conqueror of al Qaeda, drone-warrior of Pakistan and liberator of Libya) “for his extraordinary ...

Desert Shield

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Oct 15, 2012

Originally published in The Landing Zone Even as the Obama administration has scaled back—and in some cases cut—permanent ground-based missile defenses in the United States and Europe, it has moved to bolster missile defenses in the ...

On the Brink: Remembering the Cuban Missile Crisis

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Oct 1, 2012

Originally published in The American Legion Magazine   Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was vacationing on the Crimea, just across from Turkey, when he came up with the idea to plant nuclear-tipped missiles in Cuba.  “It was high ...

Lessons of October

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Sep 17, 2012

Originally published in The Landing Zone The 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis is upon us. We know the story well: The Soviets tried to plant nuclear missiles in Cuba to protect their client and to tip the Cold War balance of terror. ...

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