Maintaining the High Ground: The Profession and Ethic in Large-Scale Combat Operations

Volume 10 of the United States Army’s Large Scale Combat Operations book series, Maintaining the High Ground: The Profession and Ethic in Large-Scale Combat Operations combines discussions and historical case studies from the past seventy-five years to address ethical challenges for the Army Profession. Healthy and functioning professions facilitate the employment of expert knowledge to serve… Continue Reading Maintaining the High Ground: The Profession and Ethic in Large-Scale Combat Operations

Diverging Objectives: Maintaining Strategic Stability with Russia While Expanding Global Missile Defense

Many recent developments prompted me to look more deeply at Russia’s concerns related to US ballistic missile defense (BMD) and how it affects strategic stability. Russia is posing an increasing threat in multiple domains driven by its great power aspirations and revisionist desires. President Putin recently announced that Russia is developing a number of asymmetric… Continue Reading Diverging Objectives: Maintaining Strategic Stability with Russia While Expanding Global Missile Defense

Russia and Saudi Arabia: Old Disenchantments, New Challenges

The Joseph Biden administration can manage its recalibration of relations with Saudi Arabia without unwarranted fear that Riyadh will view Russia as a safe-harbor alternative to the United States on a myriad of state-to-state interactions that are most important to the Kingdom. While Russia’s transactional approach to foreign partners has at times given it advantages… Continue Reading Russia and Saudi Arabia: Old Disenchantments, New Challenges

Weapon Systems Annual Assessment

GAO’s 19th annual assessment of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) weapon programs comes at a time of significant internal changes to the department’s acquisition process. Specifically, DOD began implementing its new acquisition framework intended to, among other things, deliver solutions to the end user in a timely manner. However, GAO found that many programs have… Continue Reading Weapon Systems Annual Assessment

Precision-Guided Munitions

Over the years, the U.S. military has become reliant on precision-guided munitions (PGMs) to execute military operations. PGMs are used in ground, air, and naval operations. Defined by the Department of Defense (DOD) as “[a] guided weapon intended to destroy a point target and minimize collateral damage,” PGMs can include air- and ship-launched missiles, multiple… Continue Reading Precision-Guided Munitions

Israel: New Prime Minister and U.S. Relations

New prime minister and an end to Netanyahu’s rule. A group of disparate parties from across the political spectrum agreed in June 2021 to form a power-sharing government to replace long serving Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is being tried in an Israeli court on corruption charges. On June 13, the Knesset (Israel’s unicameral parliament)… Continue Reading Israel: New Prime Minister and U.S. Relations

PLA Beyond Borders: Chinese Military Operations in Regional and Global Context

No longer confined to China’s land territory or its near abroad, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is conducting increasingly complex operations farther and farther from China’s continental borders. Within Asia, the PLA now regularly operates into the far reaches of the South China Sea and deep into the Western Pacific, enforcing China’s territorial claims and… Continue Reading PLA Beyond Borders: Chinese Military Operations in Regional and Global Context

Iran in Latin America: Malign Alliances, “Super Spreaders,” and Alternative Narratives

Iran’s ability to shape the information environment and spread the narrative of the United States as an imperialist force—perpetrating violence and instability in Latin America—has grown in recent years. These ongoing and multifaceted campaigns of disinformation and carefully curated messages are coordinated with Russian and Venezuelan state media companies and thousands of allied Internet and… Continue Reading Iran in Latin America: Malign Alliances, “Super Spreaders,” and Alternative Narratives

FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Personnel and Health Care Issues

For FY2021, the House-passed and Senate-passed National Defense Authorization Act bills sought to implement or supplement various categories of personnel and health care matters related to servicemembers, maritime personnel, servicemember families, and DOD civilian employees. Certain provisions address annual authorizations of military personnel end-strengths, others affect existing program authorities, and some are novel personnel and… Continue Reading FY2021 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Personnel and Health Care Issues

Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs

The Navy began procuring Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) class destroyers, also known as Aegis destroyers, in FY1985, and a total of 87 have been procured through FY2021, including two in FY2021. From FY1989 through FY2005, DDG-51s were procured in annual quantities of two to five ships per year. Since FY2010, they have been procured in annual… Continue Reading Navy DDG-51 and DDG-1000 Destroyer Programs