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July 22, 2014

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July 14, 2014

Can (or Should) the U.S. Train More Countries to Handle Their Own Threats?

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Army soldiers stand guard at a square in Bogota during the runoff presidential election on June 15. Colombians went to the polls in an election that had become a referendum on peace talks with leftist guerrillas, and reelected president Juan Manuel Santos. (Diana Sanchez/AFP/Getty Images)

War is expensive, and the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, has a default disinclination against both foreign military intervention and government spending. So, on Monday, Cato hosted a panel that asked whether a better option in a time of declining defense budgets would be training more countries to deal with their own insurgencies.

The answer? It depends. Full story

July 7, 2014

Defense Globalization, Acquisition, Nominations in the Week Ahead

Congress is back in town after the July Fourth holiday, and not entirely coincidentally there’s a great deal of Afghanistan on the schedule this week, from nominations to hearings to events off the Hill. Full story

June 24, 2014

Gen. David Petraeus on Afghanistan, ‘Going Native’ and the Amazing Story of Maj. Jim Gant


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Gen. David Petraeus offered a rare on-camera interview to ABC News to accompany the tale of Special Forces Maj. Jim Gant, a top Green Beret officer who had to resign over an affair with former Washington Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson and other rules violations. Full story

June 9, 2014

Are SOCOM’s Overseas ‘Persistent Presences’ Out of Line?

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Navy Adm. William McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, testifies during a 2012 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A newly released House report raises questions about whether U.S. Special Operations Command is exploiting a personnel trick to set up permanent presences overseas — rather than seeking the proper legal approval to do so. Full story

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