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    Gibraltar Tensions Highlight the Importance of U.S. Engagement in Europe

    This week, the United Kingdom is sending 10 naval ships through the Mediterranean as part of a routine yearly deployment. In light of recent Spanish provocations over Gibraltar, and because some of the ships will anchor at “the Rock,” media is rife with talk of escalation. In reality, the deployment … More

    Burma’s Release of Child Soldiers: Promising, but Not Enough

    This past week, Burma announced the release of 68 child soldiers from its ranks. This latest action is promising, but progress toward ridding the army of its estimated 5,000 child soldiers is likely to be a long and arduous process. The U.S. should maintain pressure on Burma to ensure that … More

    Armed Services Struggle Under Cuts: Defense Review Doesn’t Provide Solutions

    The recent Strategic Choices Management Review (SCMR) issued by the Department of Defense makes some alarming predictions about future readiness, such as the possibility of the U.S. Army losing 70,000 to 100,000 active-duty soldiers under sequestration. This indicates a set of 15–20 percent reductions on top of previously projected cuts … More

    Sexual Assault: Armed Services Under Pressure

    The Pentagon is scrambling to propose a handful of new regulations to combat sexual assault in the military. The provisions they are making, however, are the same as those proposed by Congress. In May, a group of Senators attempted to eliminate commanding officers’ authority in the military judicial process. This … More

    Senate Majority Leader: “We’re Through” Making Defense a Priority

    Senator Harry Reid (D–NV) made it quite clear that he no longer views defense as a priority: “We are not going to be gamed by having the military programs funded at a much higher level than Head Start program, or the National Institute of Health. We’re not going to do … More

    Defense Department's Strategic Review Will Leave the Nation Less Safe

    “The entire sequester, hitting defense and non-defense, was bad policy when lawmakers passed it, it was bad policy when they let it begin, and it remains bad policy,” the Washington Post correctly points out in its recent editorial. Sequestration includes a $500 billion cut to the Pentagon’s budget between now … More

    "Buy American" Laws: An Illusion of Patriotism

    Who could oppose “Buy American” measures that appear to support American manufacturing and create jobs? On the surface, that’s what the All-American Flag Act seems to do. But on closer examination, such laws do not benefit “All Americans” but rather just a narrow group of producers. A recent proposal from … More

    Sexual Assault: Women in Congress, Military Argue for Restraint

    Senators Kelly Ayotte (R–NH) and Claire McCaskill (D–MO) and a number of retired female military officers recently urged restraint in changing the military justice system in response to the problem of sexual assault in the military. The women agreed that sexual misconduct in the military is a serious concern; however, … More

    Budget Cuts Force Navy to Neglect SOUTHCOM

    Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert admitted recently that the Navy currently has no ships in SOUTHCOM due to budget constraints. United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is a joint force containing all branches of the U.S. military—the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard—that exists to defend … More

    Afghanistan: Withholding Helicopter Training Undermines U.S. Mission

    A lot of American blood has been spilt and a lot of treasure has been spent since 2001 to ensure that Afghanistan won’t once again become a base from which terrorist organizations can strike globally. Worryingly, a key part of the U.S. and NATO strategy there—building the capabilities of the … More