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Putin’s constitutional reforms could lead to his political demise | Al Jazeera

Vladimir Putin

On January 15th, President Putin announced major constitutional alterations during his national annual speech that were unknown to Prime Minister Medvedev. Some of these amendments included new term limits for the president, more authority granted to the parliament, and new power for the State Council. This resulted in the Prime Minister resigning. According to the new term limits, Putin would ... Read More »

The good, the bad and the ugly killing of Qassem Soleimani | The Hill

The killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani has been a controversial topic. While almost everyone agrees that he was a terrible person who got what he deserved, some believe the way the U.S. went about it was highly irresponsible. “The good” behind his death is that the general contributed to the death of hundreds of American soldiers and staged numerous ... Read More »

Between ‘Blackhawk down’ and Simba | International Institute for Counter-Terrorism

Al Qaeda affiliate al-Shabaab carried out an attack on Manda Airstrip near the Camp Simba U.S. base in Lamu county. U.S. Africa Command and Kenya Defense forces fought off the assault, but a U.S. service member and two civilian contractors were killed, along with two DoD workers being injured. The terrorists said the attack fell under their “Jerusalem will never ... Read More »

Washington and Brussels need a new ‘special relationship’ | Washington Monthly

In 2008 when the world faced extreme economic problems, the U.S. and Europe rallied together to prevent more disasters and to save the economy. With the current system and reforms failing, the U.S. and Brussels must work together again by looking to the past and learning from what worked a decade ago. This means the U.S. and E.U. must agree ... Read More »

The missing Assistant Secretary of Defense and the Soleimani strike | Just Security

While numerous opinions have been voiced on President Trump’s decision to go forward with the airstrike that killed a top Iran General without discussing the plan with several key Senate members, a more important role was missing all together. The Pentagon’s civilian chief of special operations position had been vacant until two months ago when Thomas Alexander, the chief of ... Read More »

How Russia is slowly encircling Europe | TRT World

After the end of the Cold War, NATO focused on keeping a close watch on the fallen Soviet Union in order to quell any attempts to expand outside their territory. Almost 30 years later the opposite is occurring, with Russia eyeing Ukraine, Libya and Syria. President Putin has taken an aggressive approach to foreign policy with nuclear threats and belligerence ... Read More »

The high cost of a precipitous U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan | The Hill

US Special Forces with Afghan soldiers, walking together in Afghanistan

The U.S. has maintained a presence in Afghanistan for almost 20 years since the al Qaeda terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Almost everyone is looking to see this chapter of American history come to a close, but history has proven the consequences of the U.S. pulling out of a country before the foundations of a decent political government were ... Read More »

An old science used in a new way to cure veterans | Dr. Joseph Dituri, Ph.D. CDR, U.S. Navy (ret)

The science used to help cure divers with decompression sickness in the late 1800 is NOW being used to treat traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Decompression sickness was common in the late 1800’s, and a hyperbaric chamber was built to administer oxygen and cure the bends.  Current research shows that the same technology used to heal ... Read More »

New Caliph, same old problems | Foreign Affairs

ISIS has been beat down with defeats against the U.S. when the territorial stronghold was taken back and the leader of the group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in 2019. Over the past year, however, the terrorist network had planned out coordinated attacks and continued to promote propaganda campaigns. Baghdadi’s successor, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, is a man with little ... Read More »

It’s past time for concealed carry on base | U.S. Naval Institute

SecNavInst 5500.37 was released in May of 2019 but has yet to provide an implantation strategy or means of enforcement. These provisions allow “carrying of privately owned firearms on DoD property by DoD personnel for personal protection purposes that are not associated with the performance of official duties.” Released in November of 2016, however, this provision is clearly too late ... Read More »