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Blueprint for Defense Transformation Article

Blueprint for Defense Transformation

The defense budget is a complicated document. Depending on which baselines, inflation adjustment estimates and supplemental items one includes, clever advocates can make the numbers say almost anything they wish them to say.

Hillary Clinton Misses the Maghreb Article

Hillary Clinton Misses the Maghreb

As Hillary Clinton tours Africa, one region of the continent is noticeably absent from her itinerary: northwest Africa, often known as the Maghreb, which stretches from Mauritania and Morocco across Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. Clinton's 11-day, seven-nation trip to Africa is a marathon of diplomacy by any measure, and the US secretary of state cannot be faulted for not visiting every state that would receive her. Yet at least one of the Maghreb nations should have made the cut.

Laura Conley

How to End “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Article

How to End “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Last year, as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama pledged he would work with military leaders and Congress to repeal the law that bans openly gay men and women from serving in the military. Last week, as the nation's commander in chief, he renewed his stance, declaring that "preventing patriotic Americans from serving our country weakens our national security." Yet the law commonly known as "don't ask, don't tell," or DADT, still remains in effect.

Funding War Through the Backdoor Article
President Barack Obama, left, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, right, are fighting against Congress to rein in government spending on the alternate engine to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter plane, which Gates has called an “unnecessary and extravagant expense.” (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Funding War Through the Backdoor

Including programs not directly related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars in the supplemental funding bill perpetuates the broken defense acquisitions process, write Laura Conley and Sean Duggan.

Sean Duggan, Laura Conley

Obama’s Africa Opportunity Article

Obama’s Africa Opportunity

Barack Obama's immense popularity on the African continent is more than a feel good story - it's of vital strategic utility to the United States. As an underdeveloped and unstable continent hangs in the balance, Obama has a unique ability to leverage his influence to root out terrorism and strengthen African states.

Laura Conley

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