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U.S. Foreign Policy Is Overdue For Some Realism

According to a news report, Department of Defense officials admitted the United States might not be prepared to fight a sustained military conflict with Russia.  This is not the first time in recent weeks Pentagon officials have raised flags about the Russia threat and the U.S. lack of preparedness to deal with it. Last month incoming […]

Iran says No to ending missile program? Then U.S. should say No to deal

With just weeks until the latest P5+1 Iran nuclear deal deadline, Senator Corker recently sent a letter to President Obama encouraging him to keep ‘walking away’ a viable option. It is difficult to see the president doing this so late in the game, but Senator Corker is right, of course. If one party to negotiations […]

Iran Sends a Message to the West at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference

Reza Najafi, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), used his speech this month at the 2015 Review Conference on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to lecture the West on its behavior and “remind” states of the importance of eliminating nuclear weapons. Speaking for the non-aligned movement, Najafi called the use of nuclear […]

Corker-Menendez Iran Bill Better Be Just A First Step

Supporters of the Obama administration Iran deal have had a rough couple weeks. The bipartisan passage of the Corker-Mendez bill (the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015) out of the Foreign Relations Committee, conveyed in no uncertain terms that Congress is concerned enough about this deal to insist it have a voice. It also raises the question: how […]

After You, Mr. Putin

Less than three years after President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and others mocked Mitt Romney for calling Russia the greatest geostrategic threat facing the United States, U.S. and NATO leaders have declared Putin’s Russia just that — a major threat to Europe and beyond. General Philip Breedlove, the commander of NATO forces in Europe, said recently […]

NATO’s Nuclear Nightmare over Ukraine

While experts and analysts proffer suggestions for how the U.S. should respond to Putin’s intractable assault on Ukraine, like this recent excellent piece by Tom Nichols in RCD or by this Brookings report (not exactly authored by hawks), some still wonder why Moscow’s actions have anything to do with the U.S. in the first place. […]

Staying Ahead of the Threat: Improvements Needed for U.S. Missile Defense

The U.S. ballistic missile defense system, while effective against some missile threats, still has significant gaps against certain kinds of threats posed by rogue states like Iran and North Korea, and is not designed to defend against the more sophisticated arsenals of Russia and China. The Obama administration has traded U.S. missile defense deployments in […]

Congress must defend Defense’s budget request

Whatever tack it takes, Congress should reject any conditions President Obama may try to put on signing a defense bill into law that fully funds the very budget that the Pentagon says it needs and that he approved before it was sent to the Hill. The Pentagon’s budget request was sent to Congress on Monday […]

2015: Will new Congress get serious about Putin, Russia?

“The bear never asks permission,” remarked Vladmir Putin on a TV promo for his annual news conference.Yes, we know. The Russians haven’t stopped their aggressive posturing after annexing Crimea—not by a long-shot. In early December there was another near miss between a Russian military jet with its transponders turned off and a commercial airliner just […]

Is the U.S. Negotiating a Secret Space Arms Control Agreement?

Republicans may be about to take the reins in the Senate but that doesn’t mean the administration is warming up its diplomatic muscles to cooperate and compromise with the Upper Chamber. Instead, it may look for ways it can push its agenda while avoiding Congress altogether. At least that’s what it appears to be doing […]

China patiently challenges US military superiority

While the U.S. reacts to the scourges of Ebola and ISIS, China continues to patiently and steadily exploit weaknesses in U.S. military capabilities. The bipartisan U.S. China Commission is poised to release its annual report to Congress that details some of the specifics. The big lesson to learn from it is that the U.S. can […]

A renewed call for homeland missile defense: guest opinion

A ground-based missile interceptor is lowered into its missile silo during an mplacement at the Missile Defense Complex at Fort Greely, Alaska. (Contributed photo/SMDC) Editor’s Note: The missile system described below was developed by the Missile Defense Agency headquartered at Fort Belvoir, Va., but much of the research and development occurred at Redstone Arsenal in […]

Dump the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty

The Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security,Rose Gottemoeller, gave a speech on 15 September 2014 in Washington, D.C., in which she laid out arguments for why the U.S. needs to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Undersecretary Gottemoeller provided a few of the strongest arguments why ratifying it is a bad idea if one […]

Missile defense is not optional

This summer marked the ninth occasion on which hit-to-kill missile defense technology proved its worth. The GMD interceptor (which stands for Ground-Based Midcourse Defense) destroyed a target ballistic missile above the earth’s atmosphere in June. This demonstrated once again that hit-to-kill technology works against ballistic missiles and is worth the investment. Building a strong missile […]

Russia Keeps Its Nuclear Threats against NATO Coming

Is Vladimir Putin seriously weighing the possibility of limited nuclear strikes against targets in NATO? Some experts think so, and Moscow would certainly have us believe that it is. As it reportedly prepares for a massive military exercise this month, Vladimir Putin reminded us, “Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is […]

ISIS vs US: Why doesn’t Obama understand we are already at war?

Tuesday, news broke that the Islamic State had released a “Second Message to America” in the form of an Internet video in which it claimed it had brutally murdered another American journalist, Steven Sotloff. It’s almost impossible to put into words the horror of it. One can only hope that the people who sympathize with […]

What We Are Reading

Has renewable energy hit hard times?

Just last summer, renewable energy was considered a booming industry. Stock prices were on an upswing, investors like Hewlett-Packard, Berkshire Hathaway, and Dow Chemical were coming to the table, and President Barack Obama announced a plan to triple renewable energy capacity in federally subsidized housing and make wind and solar energy more accessible to low- and middle-income households. But optimism is fading alongside sinking oil and gas prices.

Russia’s Move in Syria Threatens Energy Deals With Turkey

Extracurricular activities in Turkish airspace have brought the once promising relationship to a standstill. Not that Russia was ever a slouch, but there’s no denying the recent uptick in activity. As we approach the juicy middle of President Vladimir Putin’s third term, Russia is extending, and fighting for, its interests in nearly every corner of the globe. Somewhat lost amid the bombing in Syria – though hardly unaffected – is Russia’s Turkish gambit.

UA To Lead New Cybersecurity Center to Protect Nation’s Energy Grid

Thanks to a multimillion dollar award from the U.S. Department of Energy, the University of Arkansas will lead a new national center that will focus on upgrading and protecting the nation’s energy grid from cyber-attacks. University officials said the new educational venture is made possible by a $12.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, augmented by $3.3 million in matching funds from research partners.

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