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The mess in Afghanistan | Brookings

The recent peace deal between the Taliban and the U.S. involves all U.S. troops withdrawing from Afghanistan in exchange for the Taliban not using the country to fester terrorist plots against the U.S. or allied countries. According to the agreement, all U.S. personnel will be out of the country by the end of 14 months. The evacuation has already begun, ... Read More »

US should revive Lend-Lease to contain Russia | Atlantic Counsel

The last U.S. presidential election saw Russian interference, and reports of meddling in the 2020 election are already pouring in. Modern warfare continues to rage against the U.S. and is especially detailed in their fights with Ukraine. Continued increased military presence on the Ukraine and Russia border proves that President Putin is not yet ready for Ukraine to be their ... Read More »

The U.S. Has Already Lost the Pacific to China; How do we win it back without a gun fight? | Francis Marion

The Fight Over the 21st Century Silk Road The U.S. has dominated all aspects of power throughout the Pacific since the end of World War II and has wielded that power in a mostly benevolent way.  The mantra has always been to maintain unimpeded access for all to the waterways for commerce.  It has fit into the framework of the ... Read More »

HOW TO FIX U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES | War On The Rocks

Since September of 2001, SOF members have been engaged in a never-ending fight overseas against numerous adversaries. This has allowed an exorbitant amount of stress and issues to slowly build and pile up. With misconduct and poor leadership on the rise, the community may be close to a breakdown. High casualty rates within the units also drops moral and can ... Read More »

Women in special operations is nothing new | Military Times

Recent reports have been pouring in on how a female is about to graduate from the Special Force’s Qualification Course. This has re-sparked the debate on if women should be allowed to serve in SOF and in combat, which boils down to “can women do the same jobs as men.” While a female becoming a Green Beret is a new ... Read More »

What we owe U.S. veterans who fought in Afghanistan | America Magazine

Sgt. First Class Javier Gutierrez and Sgt. First Class Antonio Rodriguez were killed in Afghanistan on February 8th and six others were wounded. Despite the press that the war on terror receives, veterans are returning home from deployments to face hardship and uncertainty. “To walk through a city like New York upon return from war, then, felt like witnessing a ... Read More »

Senate’s Iran resolution has a special operations problem | Washington Examiner

While the Senate’s Iran resolution has a good basis and elements, it will obstruct both current and future special operations missions. The resolution states that President Trump will “terminate the use of United States Armed Forces for hostilities against the Islamic Republic of Iran or any part of its government or military, unless explicitly authorized by a declaration of war ... Read More »

America’s special operators will be adrift without better civilian oversight | War on the Rocks

A comprehensive review done by the U.S. Special Operations Command details how the past couple decades refined the SOF community but did so without proper civilian oversight. This has led to reckless behavior without many discipline measures in place. When the Command was originally created it was accompanied by a civilian, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and ... Read More »

Defence in a new decade: NATO prepares for new threats | Army Technology

“Our adversaries are striking from the shadows. They are pursuing new tactics to divide and destabilize. Exploiting new technologies to exacerbate the uncertainties of an uncertain world and undermine our way of life,” commented UK defence secretary Ben Wallace at the NATO Engages in London. The NATO alliance has withstood the test of time for the past 70 years, and ... Read More »

The. U.S. military is not ready for a constitutional crisis | The Atlantic

Ken Harbaugh served in the Navy as an aircraft commander and taught classes at the Citadel. When Harbaugh joined the Navy, he swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. Now he realizes that at the time, he knew little about the documents and what that would truly mean in times of crisis here in the States. With the ... Read More »