Autor: Tom Donnelly
The Right-Sized Army
The number of soldiers in the U.S. Army, both active and reserve, will continue to be a critical determinant of America's ability to win future wars and, above all, the peaces that follow them. The current force is far too small.
Sustaining the Surge. Bush has more options than people think
When General David Petraeus reports to Washington next week, the most important question he'll have to answer is, What happens in Iraq after the surge?
El tamaño necesario para el Ejército norteamericano
Ganar en Irak y Afganistán, ganar la guerra global contra el terrorismo, disponer de las armas y hombres para reaccionar a una crisis nueva, son tareas que Estados Unidos y su ejército afrontarán en los próximos años.
Today, Britain has more than a million and a half Muslims. A million live in London, where they make up an eighth of the population. They are not just the refugees and tempest-tossed laborers of the developing world, large though those groups may be. London's West End is full of Saudi princes and financiers, and journalists and politicians from around the Arab world; its East End is home to erudite theologians from the Indian subcontinent, along with some unhinged ones.
The Man for the Plan. Meet General David Petraeus, the new commander in Iraq
If Gerald Templer was the face of Britain in Malaya, David Petraeus is now to be the face of America in Iraq: Perhaps as soon as Tuesday, the Senate will confirm Petraeus's promotion to four-star general and he will assume command of 'Multi-National Force-Iraq' in Baghdad. But generals, wrote John Keegan in The Mask of Command, 'may be many things besides the commander of an army.' A general may, Keegan continued, 'carry both society and army farther than they believed they wished to travel.'
Surge and Run? More troops is only part of the answer
But the main recommendation of the Baker- Hamilton 'Iraq Study Group'--withdrawal by early 2008, covered by negotiations with Iran and Syria--has little value outside Washington, and none in Baghdad or the region.
The pact with New Delhi is too important to derail
Will Americas partnership with India fall victim to politics? The Bush administration's proposed agreement on civil nuclear cooperation with New Delhi -once predicted to win approval from Congress as early as June- is under a growing cloud.
Choosing among Bad Options
An unstable nuclear state poses a novel conundrum for American strategists. Through five decades of the Cold War, we thought we knew how to deter the massive nuclear force of the Soviet Union, yet the unanticipated collapse of the Soviet empire and the resulting nuclear instability suggests that the principles of deterrence may have rested on a weaker foundation than we understood at the time.
Kill the QDR
The Pentagon has more or less been in 'QDR mode' for more than a decade; the services maintain semi-permanent QDR offices where activity peaks every four years but never ceases. Its time to call an end to an exercise that isnt producing the desired result.
Rising Powers and Agents of Change
The preservation of Pax Americana, against the ambitions and aggressions of adversaries present and potential--powers that are rising at different rates, in different ways, and in differing regions--is not simply the continuation of the American security perimeter.
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