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November 24, 2014

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November 24, 2014

Afghanistan, China, Turkey in the Week Ahead

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(Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Congress is gone. There are still a few worthwhile national security and foreign policy events around D.C., though, at least during the early part of the week. Full story

November 21, 2014

Weekly Recap: F-35, Iraq Weapons, Congress, Uber

Let’s review the week that was. Would you say we would be venturing into a zone of danger? The zone will be one of danger. Full story

November 18, 2014

Not Enough Drones? And Are More Coming, Or Not?

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A drone flies over Kobani, as seen from near the Mursitpinar crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border Oct. 22. (Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

According to one story, there might be a military drone “shortage.” And the recently announced Pentagon “offset strategy” suggests an increased reliance on them in the future. But also, there might not be enough money or political will for them. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 2:30 p.m.
Budget, Drones, War

Afghanistan Corruption Getting Worse As U.S. Begins Exit, Inspector General Says

 

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Afghan security force members destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Noor Gal district of eastern Kunar province on April 29. Citing the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Sopko said in January that the rise in opium production is expected to continue and threaten the stability of the Afghan government. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

For all the international community’s wrestling to get Afghanistan corruption under control, it’s only getting worse with the United States drawing down its troops, according to John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. Full story

November 14, 2014

Weekly Recap: Syrian Rebel Vetting, Defense Bills, Veterans

The video will make sense shortly. Here are some highlights from the week that was at Five By Five, and in reporting elsewhere. Full story

Five By Five Friday Q&A: Shane Harris, Author of @War

harrisshane hres 105x147 Five By Five Friday Q&A: Shane Harris, Author of @WarShane Harris is a reporter at the Daily Beast and the author of the acclaimed book “The Watchers.” His new book, “@War,” hit the shelves this week. It’s about the “fifth domain” of warfare, after land, space, air and sea: cyberspace.

After filing reports this week with Noah Schachtman (@noahshachtman) on how ISIS was dodging electronic surveillance and publishing an excerpt of his book at the Daily Beast, Harris (@shaneharris) spoke with Five By Five about the themes of his tome, such as how cyber offense and cyber defense are sometimes at odds; how the Iraq War was the first cyber war; and the “military-Internet complex.” Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 3:09 p.m.
Cyber, War

November 13, 2014

Two Ways the War in Syria, Iraq Could Grow, According to Hagel, Dempsey

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Hagel testifies during a Sept. 16 Senate hearing. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin E. Dempsey on Thursday spelled out conditions under which the United States could expand its military presence in Syria and Iraq. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:39 a.m.
Terrorism, War

November 12, 2014

Kaine: Intraparty Divisions Make War Authorization Easier — But President Should Help

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Sen. Tim Kaine at a Senate Foreign Relations hearing Sept. 19. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The lack of partisanship over Congress’ role in authorizing war means that the chances of getting something done in that area are better, not worse, Sen. Tim Kaine said Wednesday. And the Virginia Republican said that President Obama could improve the chances even more by sending a specific proposal to Capitol Hill. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:21 a.m.
Terrorism, War

Group Estimates 865 Killed by Air Strikes in Syria

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Islamic State militants fire rockets at Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions in the city of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, as seen from the southeastern border village of Mursitpinar, Sanliurfa province, on Nov. 8. (Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images)

A group opposed to the Syrian government estimates that at least 865 people have been killed by coalition air strikes, most of them ISIS militants. Full story

November 10, 2014

Congress Helping Afghan Translator Featured on ‘This Week Tonight’ (But Can Do More)

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Fnu Mohammad backstage for “Last Week Tonight,” via his Twitter page, @leavenoone.

Nearly 20 members of Congress have helped Fnu Mohammad, the Afghan interpreter featured last month on John Oliver‘s “This Week Tonight,” in his successful quest to come to the United States and in his as-of-yet unsuccessful effort to bring his family here with him.

Mohammad and some of the people helping him said the support from Congress has been pivotal – but that there’s more lawmakers can do to save the lives of people like him and his family. Full story

November 6, 2014

Poll: American Jewish Voters Back Iran Nuclear Deal, Bibi, U.S. Role in Middle East Peace

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Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony marking 19 years since prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated at a peace rally on Nov. 5 at the Mount Herzel cemetery in Jerusalem. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

A poll commissioned by the group J Street found American Jews voted heavily for Democrats (69 percent) in this week’s elections. It also offered a window into their views on a range of foreign policy issues. Full story

November 5, 2014

How a GOP Senate Transforms the Defense, Homeland Security and Foreign Policy Agendas

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. – now in position to become Majority Leader – raises hands with top aide Josh Holmes, during a party for Kentucky Republicans in Louisville, Ky., Nov, 4. McConnell defeated Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

[Updated 1:56 p.m.] It was a big Tuesday night for Republicans, big enough to take control of the Senate. That’s going to have a big impact on the national security and foreign policy agendas. Full story

November 4, 2014

An ‘Anaconda Strategy’ of Squeezing ISIS Militarily, Economically, Psychologically

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Zoo workers carry a 3.5 meter-long yellow Anaconda snake called Cleopatra at the Erfurt Zoo in Germany in 2004. (Jens-Ulrich Koch/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama has the right idea about defining victory against ISIS, according to a new study, but the wrong way of going about it. He needs to deploy an “anaconda strategy” of squeezing the terrorist group in multiple ways and from multiple directions. Full story

November 3, 2014

Chemical Weapons, Cybersecurity & Clapper in the Week Ahead

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President Obama casts a ballot in early voting for the 2014 midterm elections on Oct. 20 in Chicago. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday is election day, and CQ Roll Call is having its Post Election Impact Conference Thursday (check out this link for details and a discount code). Washington, D.C. isn’t standing still for the midterms, though. Full story

October 31, 2014

Weekly Recap: Obama National Security Team in Turmoil, ISIS Fight Rolls On

It was an eventful week before the midterm elections, both around the globe and within the United States’ borders. Here’s some of what we covered, and some of what you might have missed elsewhere.

  • Important. We wrote about how ISIS continues to evolve as an organization, as well as how the cost of the war against the group is rising.  We also wrote about how anonymous administration officials keep shooting Democrats in the foot at exactly the time when they need it least.
  • Neat. We provided video of a super soldier suit, plus video of a ride in a U-2 cockpit.
  • Inside the Building. Technocrat had a talk with Chris Calabrese of the Center for Democracy and Technology about the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and dipped into how Orbital Sciences’ rocket explosion could impact military rocket procurement. The Container ran a number of items about airline security.
  • Outside the Building. The New York Times had a splashy story about the Obama administration’s national security and foreign policy team being under duress, filled with anecdotes that generated headlines in and of themselves. One of those was about Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel taking issue with the White House on Syria policy, which the Los Angeles Times then expounded upon in their own piece.

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