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Former US senator Chuck Hagel was recently confirmed Secretary of Defence. The appointment as head of the Pentagon was part of President Barack Obama’s sweeping changes to all top positions in his national security team as he began his second term of office. But Mr Hagel is a controversial choice and he could find himself struggling the most to effectively implemen...
Dr. James Jay Carafano
US troops based around the world have carried out a role of global force provider supporting missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere where needed. But new strategic guidance and defence cuts mean there are likely to be shifts and reductions worldwide including Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
BARACK Obama starts his...
A Tunisian man burned himself to death in protest at his treatment by police and sparked pro-democracy rebellions across the Middle East. That was nearly two years ago and the West welcomed what it saw as a move towards democracy and freedom of religion and speech. But the revolutions have strengthened the influence of Sunni Islamists who reject these values. While...
Looming budget cuts in the US, to be enforced at the beginning of January 2013, have divided Congress. Republicans fear the impact of those cuts, which will fall disproportionately on defence. They are also against tax increases. Democrats argue that tax increases would mean the defence budget could be maintained at a reduced level. The stalemate threatens to wors...
When US Defence Secretary, Leon Panetta, unveiled military spending cuts at the beginning of 2012, he said the United States would retain the ability to defeat ‘any enemy on land’. But with the Pentagon facing cuts of US$487 billion over the next 10 years, many observers remain unconvinced. They also say that the development could not only weaken America’s ability ...
Dr. Kim R. Holmes