National Security Research Division

Blog Posts and Media Coverage

  • The Future of Blackwater and Other Guns for Hire

    Oct 28, 2014

    The story of how private military security companies came to play a pivotal role in wartime operations is an important one, and Ann Hagedorn, a former reporter for the Journal, was right to take it on.

  • Compromised Confidentiality in the Military Is Harmful

    Oct 27, 2014

    Mental health stigma exists across American society, but the problem in the military is fundamentally different. It boils down to the jarring and institutionalized military failure to place adequate boundaries between the workplace and the therapist's office.

  • Not to Worry, Israel

    Oct 23, 2014

    Some Israelis worry that America's fight against the Islamic State is distracting from the Iranian nuclear challenge. But the idea that the U.S. would make additional concessions to Iran in the nuclear negotiations because of the anti-Islamic State group effort is not based on realities on the ground.

  • Is Obama a Modern-Day Quintus Fabius Maximus?

    Oct 22, 2014

    Critics say President Obama dragged his feet on sending more troops to Afghanistan, on addressing the dangers in Libya, on providing support to Syria's rebels and, most recently, on initiating military action against Islamic State. But is that necessarily such a bad thing?

  • Destroy ISIL's Heavy Weapons and Vehicles: Level the Playing Field

    Oct 20, 2014

    More than any other option, employing air power decisively to deny ISIL the ability to use its armor and artillery has the potential to immediately and dramatically shift the battlefield balance against it.

  • The Upside of Lower Oil Prices

    Oct 17, 2014

    Movement toward sharply lower oil prices should be a prominent component of any strategy directed at disabling many of the world's most disruptive threats: Iran's nuclear development, ISIS, Hamas attacks on Israel, and Russia's threat to Ukraine.

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