How the Next President Can Improve Politician-Military Relations

In the Daily Signal, AHS speaker James Carafano explains why Washington has been reading the wrong manual on civil-military relations:

"For more effective coordination between civilians and soldiers, the next occupant of the Oval Office will need to instill a better leadership style, review the command at the Pentagon, and renew the ethical foundation of government service." 

   

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The Strategy of Retrenchment and Its Consequences

On the Foreign Policy Research Institute website, AHS speaker Colin Dueck assesses President Obama's strategic retrenchment:

"Altogether, and in spite of rhetorical assertions to the contrary, the reality of American strategic retrenchment under President Obama - together with his persistent search for diplomatic accommodation with Iran, China, and Russia - have disconcerted numerous US allies in East Asia, the Middle East, and Central-Eastern Europe."

 

 

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3 Flaws in Iran Nuclear Framework That Could Undermine a Final Deal

In the Wall Street Journal, AHS speaker Michael Singh questions whether the Iran nuclear deal as outlined can work:

"A more sustainable agreement would require more from Iran–both on regional issues and dismantling its nuclear infrastructure–while offering it greater sanctions relief upfront. If negotiators believe such a deal is impossible, they should indicate how they will plug the holes in this one."

   

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Hot Mess: Why Obama's Foreign Policy Fails

In the National Interest, AHS member Zachary Keck reports on a recent event hosted by our George Mason University chapter with AHS speaker Colin Dueck:

"Internationally, this has proven to be a recipe for disaster, Dueck argued. Instead of encouraging them to step up, America’s retrenchment has only frightened U.S. allies, and often led to a breakdown of order in places like Iraq. At the same time, it has emboldened America’s adversaries who, despite Obama’s best efforts at engagement, continue to work against U.S. interests."

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Why Rogue Regimes Take Hostages

In CNN, AHS speaker Michael Rubin discusses the recent U.S. drone strikes:

"The scale of Iran's current hostage-taking -- not only Rezaian but also Iranian-Americans Saeed Abedini and Amir Hekmati -- may pale in comparison with Iranian behavior of decades past. But the use of hostages to extract concessions or dampen the enthusiasm surrounding reconciliation is part of a consistent pattern."

   

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Future Warfare: The X-47B

In Real Clear Defense, AHS speaker Mackenzie Eaglen discusses last week's "disruptive" naval innovation:

"The Navy’s test carrier drone, the X-47B UCAS-D (Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator), recently participated in the first-ever fully autonomous aerial refueling at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. Though the implications of this engineering feat are wide-ranging and not wholly known at this point, successful demonstration of unmanned aerial refueling does shed light on several ongoing arguments about the future of U.S. military aviation."

   

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Happy Talk Won’t Defeat Islamic State

In the Wall Street Journal, AHS adviser Max Boot discusses why statistics being touted by the Pentagon have a whiff of the Vietnam War about them:

"Nearly eight months have passed since President Obama pledged to take on the terrorist group Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. “We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL,” Mr. Obama vowed. How is that campaign going?".

   

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