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Trump and America’s Navy: Dilemmas, Strategy, and Optimism

Robert Charles, Thinking about the new Trump Navy, in context of a totally rebuilt military, less focused on intervention than deterrence, one immediately faces dilemmas. How do we prepare for a two decade reconstruction of diminished and necessary capabilities, while reforming a slow, unresponsive and costly procurement process? How do we reestablish deterrence among Big

Trump Mandate: Save the US Navy

Robert Charles, There is an element of politics embedded in policy, no getting around it. That is, at least since Andrew Jackson, how democracy works. Presidents have a constitutional right to appoint their choices to top posts – subject to Senate confirmation. More often than not, those choices come from the president’s own party. However,

Lawmakers blast Pentagon over ‘boneheaded’ clawback of improper military bonuses

California lawmakers from both sides of the aisle piled on the Pentagon after reports it is forcing service members to repay enlistment bonuses improperly paid to thousands of National Guard soldiers a decade ago. The Defense Department ordered as many as 10,500 former National Guardsmen from California to pay back enlistment bonuses totaling as much

Who Is Guarding the (Dictatorial) Guards?

Paul Driessen, Several years ago, Wells Fargo Bank discovered that employees had boosted sales, by opening some 2 million deposit and credit card accounts without customer knowledge or authorization. Over the next few years, the bank fired more than 5,000 employees for misconduct and reimbursed customers $2.6 million in fees that they may have incurred on the

Clinton server tech told FBI of colleagues’ worries about system

A technician hired by Hillary Clinton to run the private email system she used while U.S. secretary of state told investigators he tried to pass on colleagues’ concerns that the system might not comply with records laws, FBI interview summaries show. Bryan Pagliano, the technician Clinton hired when she joined the State Department in 2009,

How Much Does it Cost the US to Protect Itself from Radical Islam?

Justin Holcomb, When it comes to paying ransom, obeying foreign laws and customs, and supplying Islamic factions with arms and supplies to fight other Islamic factions armed with the same, no other country does it better than the United States.   But we seldom ask the question, how much does all of this cost? Constantly

Pat Buchanan: Will Putin Get a Pulitzer?

Waving off the clerics who had come to administer last rites, Voltaire said: “All my life I have ever made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous.’ And God granted it.” The tale of the thieved emails at the Democratic National Committee is just too good