The next revolution
Those who launch revolutions in the modern era usually offer grand slogans as the reason for the revolt. Still, whether it was the American populace demanding the end of King George...
BY DMITRY SHLAPENTOKH
Developing better relations
The Obama administration has made improving relations with Russia one of its main foreign policy goals and its efforts have borne fruit and put U.S.-Russia relations on a positive footing...
BY LT. COL. JOHN D. JOHNSON
With the end of the Cold War, the Air Force, like its sister services, faced a fundamental challenge to its raison d’être. While a period of reflection would typically follow such...
BY ADAM B. LOWTHER
Message to the next SecDef
Strategists and armchair warriors might want to wall off the armed forces from budget cuts, buy new stuff, fix the war-damaged gear and maintain high personnel strengths. As sure as you are...
BY JOSEPH J. COLLINS
In this issue
From World War ally to Cold War foe, through the breakup of the USSR and the war with Georgia, Russia’s relationship with the U.S. has been a complicated affair.
1. F-35 fighter aircraft
It’s amazing how quickly attitudes can turn in Washington. A decade ago, words like “unmanned” weren’t even voiced in defense policy debates. But now, as Stars and...
BY P.W. SINGER
The OH-58 Kiowa Warrior has been in Army service since 1969. For a helicopter approaching a half-century of service, you’d think it would be nearing the tail end of its usefulness.
BY KAREN WALKER
Libya: Where next?
A hesitant president, a skeptical SecDef and a cautious Air Force chief of staff made a curious trio of warmongers in the days leading up to the United Nations Security Council resolution...
BY KAREN WALKER
It was the shot heard ‘round the Navy’s Human Systems Integration (HSI) world. “We’re going to effectively migrate, reconstitute in a way, the surface fleet...
BY CAPT. GEORGE V. GALDORISI (RET.) and SCOTT C. TRUVER
Weapons programs take years to develop, build and field, and years more to perfect. Service officials repeatedly promise a system that will do this, cover that and provide a variety of...
By Christopher P. Cavas
TO GENS. PETER CHIARELLI AND JOSEPH DUNFORD for leading the push to ensure that troops who suffer concussions are eligible for Purple Heart recognition. The Army vice chief of staff and...
TO DEFENSE SECRETARY ROBERT GATES for including in his Efficiency Initiatives Decisions memo some savings that aren’t real. Among the 102 general officer and flag officer positions...
TO DEFENSE SECRETARY ROBERT GATES for the principle of what his Efficiency Initiatives Decisions memo seeks to achieve. Reducing duplication, overhead and excess across the Defense...