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How We Got to the FCC Debate Over Broadband

How We Got to the FCC Debate Over Broadband

Amidst the U.S. debate over regulating the Internet, it's useful to consider the impact of the era in which the Internet came of age.

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Better Foreign Policy Focus As Aid to Military Effectiveness

Better Foreign Policy Focus As Aid to Military Effectiveness

Ineffectiveness is almost guaranteed if such radical discontinuity in missions, on top of cavalier use of force, remains the norm.

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Strength and Pride in Diplomacy

Strength and Pride in Diplomacy

Last week an agreement between the U.S. and Cuba to end a sixty year freeze on relations ended. Canada and the Vatican had been working in secret with U.S. and Cuban representatives in order to end a freeze on relations that has lasted three generations.

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The Challenge of Heavy Weapons in Iraq and Syria

The Challenge of Heavy Weapons in Iraq and Syria

There has been a lot of discussion on how to help Kurdish forces and other opposition forces in the fight against ISIS. One of their most notable and consistent requests has been for help Western weapons systems that are strong enough to neutralize these advanced weapons.

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Hagel, Pentagon say U.S. falling behind in warfare technology

Hagel, Pentagon say U.S. falling behind in warfare technology

At a defense conference on Nov. 15, 2014, outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel put in stark terms how the U.S. is losing its dominant status in military technology. In a memo to Pentagon officials launching the Defense Innovation Initiative, Hagel plainly stated, "We are entering an era where American dominance in key warfighting domains is eroding."

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NATO, Allies and Freedom’s Defense

NATO, Allies and Freedom’s Defense

In a recent column in the Wall Street Journal, outgoing NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen noted that Russia and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria challenge the institutions, indeed the very values, of liberal nations.

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The S-300 Missile Threat in Middle Eastern Conflicts

The S-300 Missile Threat in Middle Eastern Conflicts

While the U.S. and the coalition against ISIS make attacks on targets in Iraq and Syria, there remains an uneasy relationship between Assad’s government and the U.S.

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John Oliver takes on U.S. drone policy

John Oliver takes on U.S. drone policy

John Oliver, formerly of "The Daily Show," took on U.S. drone policy in last night's episode of "Last Week Tonight." Rolling Stone described the 12-minute segment as "hilariously sad."

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The Cold War 2.0: Re-instating Deterrence

The Cold War 2.0: Re-instating Deterrence

After the end of the Cold War, Ukraine and the Soviet Union’s former Warsaw Pact neighbors agreed to remove some of their security apparatus in order to maintain stability in the region.

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The Russia-Ukraine conflict: lessons for Europeans

The Russia-Ukraine conflict: lessons for Europeans

The current Russian-Ukrainian conflict is a game changer for European security. The entire European security architecture has trembled as the eastern flank of the continent has been destabilized. From a European perspective, four fundamental lessons-learned can already be drawn.

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Snowden: NSA, not Assad, knocked out Syria’s Internet in 2012

Snowden: NSA, not Assad, knocked out Syria’s Internet in 2012

Thanks to National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, the pro-Assad and rebel groups can finally stop pointing fingers over a country-wide Internet blackout in Syria in 2012.

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GailForce: Aspen Security Forum Part II

GailForce:  Aspen Security Forum Part II

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GailForce: Aspen Security Forum Part I

GailForce:  Aspen Security Forum Part I

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The best defense has always been the game changer

The best defense has always been the game changer

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GailForce: Are we or are we not still at war with Al Qaeda, its affiliates and adherents (AQAA)?

GailForce: Are we or are we not still at war with Al Qaeda, its affiliates and adherents (AQAA)?

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