Havana Will Push to Shut the Naval Station at Gitmo -- But Washington Shouldn't Give In

When I was the commander of U.S. Southern Command a few years ago, my responsibilities included military-to-military relations with all the nations of the Caribbean, ...

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What’s on Yoda’s reading list?

By LCDR Christopher Nelson, USN Best Defense guest reader  I recently had the opportunity to review an advance copy of a biography on Andrew Marshall. I'll save you the suspense: ...


U.S. Iraq Strategy Missing Key Allies As More Troops Set to Deploy

The United States is moving ahead with the deployment of an additional 1,500 American troops to Iraq as part of an effort to retrain the ...

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The problem, Gen. Dubik (2), is that we don’t understand what we are getting into

By John Haas Best Defense respondent Why doesn't the United States win wars anymore? It's an increasingly common question these days, for (what should be) ...

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Is patriarchal sexism alive and well in the military? Where do you think bears poop?

By Joan Johnson-Freese and Ellen Haring Best Defense guest columnists When Michelle Howard was named the Navy's first 4-star admiral last summer, it was reported ...

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The Military Knows It’s Back on a War Footing. Do Civilians?

Last week, I commented on the results from the Military Times annual survey of their readership. For all its flaws, the survey provides a pretty good tracking poll of ...

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Losing is as losing does (1): Gen. Dubik, I don’t think we won that many big battles

By Jim Gourley Best Defense respondent to General Dubik Has our infatuation with counterinsurgency made us too counterintuitive for our own good? Lt. Gen. James ...

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Quote of the day: A warning for SOF

From an article about Australian Special Operators: "The broad spectrum of activities, missions, and expectations of SOF could lead to the cardinal sin of all ...

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

Kerry Tells European Envoys U.N. Action on Palestine Can Wait till Israeli Election

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