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Multinational cooperation could accelerate US defense capabilities in the polar regions | Defense News

The International Cooperative Engagement Program for Polar Research (ICE-PPR) is an agreement between the U.S., Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Denmark, Norway and Sweden and a direct response to the rise of power in northern regions. “ICE-PPR enables the full spectrum of research, development, testing, evaluation, experimentation, acquisition, fielding, and personnel exchange.” The United States can learn from the polar regions ... Read More »

Will COVID finally force us to think differently about national security? | Defense One

COVID-19 has become the world’s enemy as all nations work to fight off the virus. This article from Defense One goes into detail about how defense is changing, and pandemics can affect security. The article discusses budgets and how policy makers should change them. It goes into lower budget tools and missions and how things might change going forward. Source: ... Read More »

How to build more resilient and innovative US special operations teams | Task & Purpose

The US military has trained special operations forces to go into high-risk situations and create solutions. However, some problems still are happening within the community and have been highlighted in recent times. This editorial put out by Task & Purpose delves into the details of what happens when you treat the fall out of the problem and not the problem ... Read More »

Will the military become just another politicized institution? | War on the Rocks

As political opinions and debates divide the American people, the negative effects spread to the military. The relationship between civilian decision-makers and military professionals can suffer, as well as sow discord between each other. As politicians also leverage the military for their own opinions means to an end, it slowly becomes more political. This can cause people to lose trust ... Read More »

NATO needs a strategy for emerging and disruptive technologies | Defense News

President Elect Joe Biden is predicted to have closer ties with Europe and strengthen allyship with other countries, along with NATO. As new technology emerges and new threats arise, the US and their allies must prepare to defend against new kinds of warfare and threats. These authors believe NATO is falling behind in the race for new tech, including AI, ... Read More »

How US wasted billions on absurd errors in Afghanistan war | Fox News

The Trump administration continues to pull Americans out of Afghanistan in order for the country to become more independent. The Pentagon plans to dwindle down the 4,500 remaining troops to about 2,500 in the coming weeks. But throughout the years of these ongoing affairs, taxpayers have supplied the money with averaging $3,000 each. Overall, it has taken about 1 trillion ... Read More »

The perils of a US troop drawdown to the Afghan army and tribes | The Hill

Withdrawing troops would lead to a domino effect on other forces such as Afghan Army. While it seems like withdrawal is the direction many decisions have been leaning towards, not a lot of requirements have been met. Also, other forces and tribes that rely on American help might fall apart and lead to local radicalization. An opinion article by Brian ... Read More »

Paralysis in peer conflict? The material versus the mental in 100 years of military thinking | War on the Rocks

One thing many military theorists can agree on is that military history rarely provides simple lessons that are free of confusion and question. How did some of the major breakthoughs and historical events actually occur in the military, such as Germany’s rapid defeat of France in the summer of 1940? Some theorists such as John Boyd believe that the “moral ... Read More »

How will ADF chief react if government insists Special Operations Task Group should keep citation? | The Conversation

Chief of the Defense Force, Angus Campbell, makes the point that he would be accepting the report’s recommendation as well as write to the Governor to revoke the Meritorious Unit Citation. “The report acknowledges, therefore, that there is also a collective responsibility for what is alleged to have happened” he states. His rational is that all units live, fight, and ... Read More »

How to lose a war in Afghanistan and embolden Al Qaeda | National Interest

President Donald Trump has started to decrease troops presence in the middle east. Some wonder what would happen if we totally eliminated them. Some believe that Al Queda ia not a threat. However, the wars roots started 20 years ago with Al Qaeda and the attacks of 9/11. National Interest publishes an OP ED weighing the risk of leaving the ... Read More »