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How unready an Army? | A dangerous inconsistency | Fudging the numbers

When Gen. Odierno said he’d never seen the Army so unready in his 37 years of service, was he painting the picture too bleakly? Defense News’ Paul McLeary takes a look back, …

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Low-key Pentagon | Obama vs. the generals | Fun with lightsabers?

Happy Friday! After more than a dozen years of the U.S. military taking very active — and often highly controversial — roles around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thinks it’s time …

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Krusinski acquitted | Fat Leonard’s rap sheet | Failure in Abbottabad?

Air Force Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, who was accused of drunkenly groping a woman’s buttocks outside a bar, was found not guilty of assault and battery by an Arlington County, Va., jury …

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Inside the NSA | Hunting for Reactors | Spikes in China’s Army

Despite global focus on the National Security Agency, public knowledge of the agency continues to be shrouded in mystery. T.C. Sottek offers a clear-eyed look at what the NSA does – and …

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Asian bases save the day | Haqqani shooting reverberates | Iran playing us?

It’s no secret that Asian nations often have mixed feelings — and that’s putting it kindly — about the presence of US military bases on their territory, Dan Lamothe writes. But when …

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War with China? | A2/AD In the Pacific | Pentagon Warns the Hill

It’s no secret that US strategy in the Pacific is focused heavily on the possibility of a war with China. While neither country is looking for a fight, Scott Cheney-Peters argues that …

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Cuts Make Military More Strategic? | A Near Casualty of the Shutdown | Mountain Combat

Could defense cuts actually help the US military by improving strategy? Melvyn Leffler argues as much, saying that the cuts are focusing military planners on important strategic decisions and forcing them to …

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Hagel’s plan | UAVs stay with CIA | Building Libya’s military

Yesterday Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel laid out his plan for how to manage the Defense Department through the downturn, including six points largely focused on force sizing and the touchy subject of …

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Letting Afghans make mistakes | Spec Ops plan in doubt | UAV politics in Pakistan

For a time the prevailing logic was to put as many US troops in the field with their Afghan counterparts as possible, like a constant parental presence monitoring for the slightest mistake.  …

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Focusing fuzzy land-warfare visions | Taking an all-volunteer force to war | Luck during wartime

Peter W. Singer says it’s time to start putting shape to the fuzzy visions for America’s land forces, and offers a list of questions to help do it. (Armed Forces Journal)

Maj. …

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