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Lawrence J. Korb Archives

Take a page from Goldwater’s playbook

Lawrence Korb writes about how President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his staff should take a page out of the Goldwater playbook and make public a list of bases they would close if they could.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Monday, June 24, 2013

Obama in Berlin: Empty aspiration or inspiration to action?

Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman discuss the Obama administration's commitment to nuclear nonproliferation.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Friday, June 21, 2013

Smart spending for national security

Lawrence J. Korb writes about how the Pentagon can ensure effective spending for national security.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Friday, May 24, 2013

On Benghazi, Congress Could Take a Lesson From Beirut

Larry Korb draws comparisons between the 1983 terrorist attack in Lebanon and the current situation in Benghazi.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Friday, May 24, 2013

Lessons from the Past for Syria Hawks

Larry Korb looks into historical conflicts that the Obama administration should keep in mind in light of the alleged chemical weapons use in Syria.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Trade-offs needed to enhance U.S. soft power

Lawrence J. Korb and Miriam Pemberton discuss how embracing a unified national security budget will allow the federal government to protect its investments in soft power.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Miriam Pemberton | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hagel is not reneging on military benefits

Lawrence J. Korb explains that, contrary to the opinion of the Military Officers Association, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is not attempting to cut military compensation or renege on benefits.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Pentagon Must Carry Its Weight

Obama fiscal year 2014 federal budgetIn its fiscal year 2014 defense budget request, the Obama administration holds the baseline defense budget steady at near historic highs.

By Lawrence J. Korb, Alex Rothman, and Max Hoffman | Thursday, April 11, 2013

Well-Trained Locals Can Be Vital

Larry Korb examines U.S. military training of foreign troops

By Lawrence J. Korb | Monday, April 8, 2013

Hagel's Revenge

How Obama's new Pentagon chief can get back at his Republican enemies.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Lauren Linde | Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Formalizing the Ban: My Experience in the Reagan Administration

Lawrence J. Korb details his experience implementing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower, Reserve Affairs, Installations, and Logistics for the Carter administration.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Alex Rothman | Tuesday, February 19, 2013

President Obama’s Commitment to Veterans Must Remain a Second-Term Priority

Obama and troopsTaking care of our veterans and military families, particularly those who have carried the burdens of a decade of war, is a moral imperative.

By Lawrence J. Korb and Patrick Murphy | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Congress Protects Troops from Predatory Lenders; What About Everyone Else?

A new law passed by Congress and signed last month by President Barack Obama stops predatory lenders from taking advantage of our troops. That’s good news for Virginia’s more than120,000 active-duty service members, but unfortunately it does nothing to protect veterans and all other Virginians.

By Joe Valenti and Lawrence J. Korb | Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Time to Release a Convicted Spy

Lawrence J. Korb explains why U.S. intelligence analyst and convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard deserves to be released from prison.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Friday, February 8, 2013

Korb: Defense must be part of debate to reduce spending

Lawrence J. Korb explains why defense must be part of the debate to reduce spending, highlighting on the Pentagon's management problem.

By Lawrence J. Korb | Monday, February 4, 2013