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Exclusive: Obama’s Point Man for Closing Guantanamo to Step Down

After 18 months on the job, President Barack Obama’s point man for closing the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay is stepping down, Foreign Policy has ...

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Number 2 at CIA Moves to White House

The selection of Avril Haines to serve as deputy to National Security Advisor Susan Rice will put an Obama administration veteran with a long record ...

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The Torture Report Is Only the First Step

Next must come investigation, punishment, and binding law to make sure that America never loses sight of its morals again.

Boeing Test Flies Its Extended Dreamliner 787-9

The torture report is another in a long line of accountability successes and failures in America

What the Boeing Dreamliner saga, the torture report, and the Iraq War tell us about the successes and failures of accountability in the United States.


Don’t believe the CIA’s ticking time bomb excuse when it says it had to torture.

Don’t believe the CIA’s ticking time bomb excuse when it says it had to torture.


Change He Doesn’t Believe In

The deliberative President Obama has launched a powerful "do something" foreign policy. But does he even buy his own fourth-quarter course correction?

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Why an Excellent Choice for SecDef Will Likely See His Tenure End Like His Predecessors' Did: in Tears

Should Ash Carter ultimately become the next U.S. secretary of defense -- as now seems likely -- he will be continuing an important, underappreciated tradition ...

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It’s Not a (Totally) Poisoned Chalice

Some “presidential” suggestions for Ash Carter on taking the Pentagon’s top job.

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Dis Town

Americans have an uncomfortable relationship with smart. They are perfectly happy to celebrate genius, provided it doesn't make them uncomfortable or require too much of ...

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Picking Up the Pieces at the Pentagon

President Barack Obama in late August admitted that he had no "strategy yet" on how to deal with the Islamic State. Obama might say something ...

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National Guard Ready for the Front Lines of Michael Brown Protests in Ferguson

Armed members of the National Guard could end up quelling racially charged protests that could turn violent after a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury on Monday ...

30437889 The Cable

With Reform Bill Dead, NSA Set to Lose Some Surveillance Powers in June

After a bill to overhaul the National Security Agency's intelligence operations didn't move forward in the Senate Tuesday night, a congressional source close to efforts ...

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The Top 5 Foreign Policy Lessons of the Past 20 Years

Tell me, friend: Do you find the current world situation confusing? Are you having trouble sorting through the bewildering array of alarums, provocations, reassurances, and ...

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Is Inequality a Bigger Threat than the Islamic State?

One of the hallmarks of the Age of Fear in which we live is that everywhere we turn there are not only new threats, but ...

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The future of war: Cyber is expanding the Clausewitzian spectrum of conflict

By Tim Maurer Best Defense guest columnist The Pentagon's principal cyber advisor, Assistant Secretary of Defense Eric Rosenbach, said about cyber operations last month, "The ...

30437889 COLUMN

The Big Counterterrorism Counterfactual

The head of the British electronic spy agency GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, created a minor flap last week in an article he wrote for the Financial ...

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Obama Taps Senior Aide for No. 2 State Department Job

After months of intense debate between the White House and the State Department, President Barack Obama nominated Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken for the ...

30437889 The Cable

Secret White House Letter Highlights Iran’s Importance to Islamic State Fight

The Obama administration’s escalating campaign against the Islamic State has left the United States in the strange and uncomfortable position of working with Russia to ...

30437889 COLUMN

The Midterm’s Mantra of Fear and Loathing

"They" say elections rarely turn on foreign policy. And mid-term elections, "they" say, are almost never a referendum on the president. Well, take that, whoever ...

30437889 The Cable

Fight Ebola With Ice Bucket Challenge, Fox News Reporter Suggests

Ever since the start of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, State Department officials have had to answer a range of difficult questions from reporters ...

30437889 The Cable

White House and State Department Square Off Over Top Diplomatic Post

The race to succeed the nation's No. 2 diplomat is pitting a senior White House official with close ties to the president but little experience ...

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The Obama Administration Has a Kiss-and-Tell Problem

The Obama administration insists that it has a large and growing coalition of nations arrayed to fight the Islamic State. If a new diplomatic blowup ...

30437889 The Cable

Obama’s Terrorism Alert System Has Never Issued a Public Warning — Ever

This month, as officials in the Obama administration trumpet new warnings about "credible" threats to the United States homeland, the long-ignored role of America's primary ...

Best Defense

Diversity: Our national-security advantage

By Joe Funderburke Best Defense guest columnist It is a matter of fact that Caucasian-American males have always dominated the national-security profession. It is also ...

30437889 COLUMN

But This Threatiness Goes to 11…

The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. For Immediate Release: September 25, 2014. Remarks by the President after the U.N. Security Council Summit on ...

30437889 The Cable

The Islamic State Makes Electronic Surveillance Respectable Again

What a difference a year makes. Last September, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff captured the world's mood when she opened the U.N. General Assembly with a ...

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Call of Duty: Star Video Game Director Takes Unusual Think Tank Job

The Atlantic Council's newest fellow has been a key strategist for several wars -- all fought on gaming consoles and computer screens. Until recently, Dave ...

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Obama and the Never-Ending War

I have two grown daughters. Neither can remember a moment in which the United States did not have troops deployed in the Middle East. One ...

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Send in the Guerrillas

The White House is enthusiastically touting its plans to put together a coalition to fight the Islamic State that will include Britain, Turkey, and, among ...

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What’s the hot national security phrase of this week? Seems to be ‘potential threat’

By David Sterman Best Defense guest columnist  Matthew Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center, repeatedly used one phrase to describe the likelihood of ...

30437889 The Complex

U.S. Conducts Counterterrorism Operation in Somalia

The Pentagon conducted an operation against the al Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia in what amounted to a rare public acknowledgement of the quiet work ...

30437889 Best Defense

Sherman (XI): The Confederates I worry about most after the war will be the young men with guns and horses — but no land

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 25, 2014. Let's finish off this week's celebration of the defeat of the ...

30437889 Situation Report

FP’s Situation Report: Why “Lady Al-Qaeda” is so wanted; American jihadi killed in Syria; CENTCOM’s airstrikes, analyzed; Farewell to a fighting diplomat (Joe Dunford); Bobby ...

By Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel Meet "Lady Al-Qaeda," the woman every militant wants the U.S. to free. Aafia Siddiqui has been a "perennial bargaining ...

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FP’s Situation Report: Sharpening rhetoric about the IS, but no war plan yet; John Allen: do it “NOW;” GAO says Bergdahl swap illegal; DOD throws ...

By Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel The killing of American journalist Jim Foley has created a new momentum for tackling the Islamic State in Iraq ...

30437889 The Cable

Maliki Used to Have the Support of Both Iran and the U.S. Now He’s Lost Them Both.

Washington and Tehran don't see eye to eye on many things, but they paved the way for Nouri al-Maliki to become Iraq's prime minister eight ...

30437889 The Cable

Washington Wants Maliki Out. What If He Refuses to Go?

The Obama administration is welcoming the nomination of a new Iraqi prime minister while doing all it can to ease the current one out the ...

30437889 Best Defense

Rigor in PME: What I am talking about

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on March 20, 2014. In the course of an e-conversation with some friends the other ...

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Sharp on defense budget: We’re taking risks with ground forces, so it would be prudent to plan for ways to rebuild them

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on March 5, 2014. One of the best people I know on analyzing the defense ...

The Controversy Over Pyongyang’s Associated Press Bureau

The Controversy Over Pyongyang’s Associated Press Bureau

‘The Interview,’ Once Pulled from Theaters, Can Now Be Watched from Your Couch

‘The Interview,’ Once Pulled from Theaters, Can Now Be Watched from Your Couch

The Islamic State Captures Jordanian Pilot After F-16 Crash

The Islamic State Captures Jordanian Pilot After F-16 Crash

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