The Defense Secretary fails to manage effectively and efficiently the largest and most well-financed bureaucracy in history.
In December 2004, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was asked by a soldier why U.S. troops in Iraq were not properly equipped for their mission. Rumsfeld responded that “you have to go to war with the army you have, not the army you want.” Rather than resolve anything, however, the secretary’s explanation only begged two […]
Sending more troops right now would threaten to break our nation's all-volunteer Army and undermine our national security.
On July 26, congressional Democrats revealed that a full two-thirds of the active U.S. Army is officially classified as “not ready for combat.” The head of the National Guard responded to the news with a troubling announcement of his own: The National Guard is “in an even more dire situation than the active Army but […]
See the report for a full list of members of the National Security Task Force on Energy “We are addicted to oil, and the oil is coming from the most dangerous places in the world,” said former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at a panel today, hosted by the Center for American Progress. Emphasizing the […]
In the next few months, the Army is anticipating a personnel payroll shortfall of up to $1.4 billion for the active-duty force and up to $500 million for the National Guard and Reserve. The Marines are facing a potential shortfall of more than $100 million in those budget accounts. These deficits arose from a perfect […]
In the past few years, the United States Army has had to rely increasingly on financial incentives to recruit and retain soldiers. But even as the Army’s finance and payroll system administers ever larger sums of money and a growing number of entitlements, it must also track the hundreds of thousands of Army, Army Reserve […]
Personal Accountability Demands that Rumsfeld Resign Last week, retired Army Maj. Gen. John Batiste joined a distinguished group of former high-level military officials who in the past month have called for Donald H. Rumsfeld to resign as defense secretary. Mr. Batiste, commander of the 1st Infantry Division in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, cites Mr. […]
Had things gone as planned, the recent parliamentary elections in Ukraine would have provided a perfect occasion for President Bush to declare that freedom is once again on the march. However, the first place finish of Viktor Yanukovych’s Moscow-backed Party of the Regions has robbed him of that opportunity. Though the Bush administration has been […]
Originally published in The American Interest. TO: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Advisor Steve Hadley SUBJECT: Winning Congressional Support for the "Global Partnership" with India Since 9/11, Congress has exerted little to no influence on major foreign policy initiatives and defense spending requests. But those days seem to be […]
Originally published in the Washington Post on August 3, 2005 Many of the people who are made uncomfortable by President Bush’s ideologically driven foreign policy have been pleasantly surprised by his recent decision to supply India with nuclear energy technology. This diplomatic agreement, its admirers eagerly point out, is not rooted in “freedom” or “values” […]
Originally published in the Seattle Times PRESIDENT Bush will soon announce whether the United States military is going to occupy yet another region of the world, and, if anything, this new occupation will be as costly and counterproductive as the one in Iraq. The region under consideration poses no threat to the […]
This column originally ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer on May 26, 2005. To: Dear Leader Kim Jong Il of North Korea From: Kim Kye Gwan, Vice Foreign Minister for American Affairs and chief representative to the Six-Party Talks As you are well aware, U.S. spy satellite photographs have exposed our preparations for a nuclear weapon […]
This article originally appeared in the South China Morning Post on May 6, 2005. A new security dynamic has emerged in the Far East – one in which an increasingly powerful China and a strong Japan must co-exist for the foreseeable future. Because of this, the United States cannot afford to stand silently by as […]
Download the full report in PDF Throughout the Nuclear Age there has been, and continues to be, a fundamental lack of understanding of what U.S. and NATO nuclear policy entails and how it will be implemented. Decision makers at the highest levels in the Pentagon and other relevant U.S. government departments and agencies have confirmed […]