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Army Modernization: Future Vertical Lift

In preparation for Great Power Competition with Russia and China, a strategy that includes renewed emphasis on nuclear deterrence and stronger NATO and Indo-Pacific military capabilities, the United States Army is planning to retire its signature aircrafts, like the Apache and Black Hawk, and replace them with the next generation of helicopters. This new initiative […]


Defense Department has successfully adapted to continuing resolutions, Government Accountability Office finds

The Defense Department (DoD) has operated under a continuing resolution (CR) for 11 out of the last 12 fiscal years, freezing spending at the previous year’s level. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) studied the impact that operating under a CR has on DoD. Operating under a CR is not ideal or particularly efficient, but DoD […]


Some United States aid to Afghanistan should be conditional, says national security expert

The United States will send $64 million of aid to support humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan. At the same time, the Defense Department will shift its approach to countering terrorist threats in the area. Lisa Curtis, senior fellow and director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, former deputy assistant […]


Countering Chinese influence in Afghanistan would require difficult decisions, foreign policy expert says

China has pledged $31 million of aid to Afghanistan, and its embassy in Kabul has remained open. What does growing Chinese influence with the Taliban mean for United States security? Yun Sun, senior fellow and co-director of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center, said the Defense Department could mitigate China’s influence but that […]


Air Force will need to make tradeoffs with F-35s and competing priorities, says air warfare reporter

The F-35 is the Air Force’s top-of-the-line fighter jet, but how many do they need and how many can they afford? Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter at Defense News, said the Air Force would buy all of the approximately 1,700 F-35s in the program of record if it had unlimited funds but that other weapons […]


Security force assistance conditionality is counternormative in military, says international relations expert

The Pentagon spends billions of dollars every year to assist foreign militaries around the world. The rapid collapse of the Afghan security forces is typical for local forces built with United States military assistance, according to Rachel Tecott, assistant professor in the Strategic and Operational Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College. Tecott said […]


9/11 Pentagon attack survivor says “it looked like a battle zone”

This Saturday is the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. To mark this historic milestone, we remember the individuals who lost their lives and commemorate those who worked tirelessly to save others. Roberta Crissy, chief of the Military Personnel Divison in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, was a lieutenant colonel in the Pentagon […]

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