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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Opinion

Want an agile Pentagon? Don’t go chasing ‘waterfalls’ | Defense One

Every four years, the Pentagon comes out with new strategies in place of already-outdated guidance and concepts. But with all the demands it has to serve, this is no longer enough and what is needed is a better way...

In or out of Afghanistan is not a political choice | Foreign Affairs

Last year, a deal between the US and the Taliban was made, wherein the US would withdraw 2,500 American troops by May 1, 2021, in exchange for the Taliban not doing any harm in the country. As the deadline...

The new ICBM Is a legacy system, and should be cancelled | Defense One

According to reports, the Biden administration’s Pentagon budget proposal might be over $700 billion. But according to the administration, the budget could drastically change if they were to cut spending on "legacy systems." Formally known as the Ground-Based Strategic...

There’s no shortcut to peace in Afghanistan | Foreign Policy

In Afghanistan, a quick fix for both war and negotiated peace is impossible. Still, with a deadline to beat, Washington is now searching for a shortcut to an Afghan political settlement. Unluckily, they haven't found one yet despite their...

Troop levels, airstrikes, COVID vaccinations — How the Pentagon continually fails at transparency | Task & Purpose

Once again, the Pentagon has been called out for providing incomplete figures, which many questions whether the troop is staying true to its promise to be transparent at all times. Specifically, reports say that there were around 3500 troops...

It’s time to rethink foreign military sales | Defense News

Ever since Pres. Biden took office, a temporary freeze on weapons sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and sanctions on multiple individuals involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi has been imposed. These moves indicate that...

The United States and Japan still benefit from complementary maritime capabilities | War on the Rocks

Japan will soon be moving to a more independent maritime force structure that could shift away from a complementary force structure between the allies. With this, the complementary security relationship between Japan and the United States is at risk,...

How to conduct the Biden administration’s Korea policy review | National Interest

The Biden Administration has started conducting a comprehensive Korean policy review that will determine the country's way of dealing with the North Korean situation in addition to managing the ROK/U.S. alliance. Specifically, the administration is set to develop a...

Budget delay is the enemy of defense | The Hill

A budget delay can put federal agencies in a bind for the new fiscal year. Specifically, the Pentagon is very much affected by the delay and can even post a threat to national security. The budget delay happens when...

Strategic tradeoffs in U.S. naval force structure — rule the waves or wave the flag? | War on the Rocks

More often than not, it is assumed that the US naval strategy has the “right” mix of ships and sailors that will make it possible for the country to achieve multiple, often incompatible, national security objectives. And while the...

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Afghan Special Forces break a Taliban jail in a night raid, 20 captives freed | Khaama Press

In a night operation, the Afghan Special Forces stormed a Taliban prison in the Western Nimroz province, where they...

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