Center for Strategic and International Studies

Crowdsourcing Perspectives on Defense Reform

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May 18, 2016

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act, and interest in defense reform is high around Washington, D.C. The process for developing the 1986 legislative package is well-known for its focus on problem identification. CSIS has a proud role in that history, having housed the Defense Reorganization Project

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New York Times

Lack of Plan for ISIS Detainees Raises Human Rights Concerns

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May 13, 2016

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State calls them “inghimasi” — zealous foot soldiers who intend to fight to their deaths. And as the American-backed coalition has reclaimed territory from the group in Iraq and Syria, that fervor has kept prisoners from being much of a problem: The shooting only stops when almost every Islamic State fighter

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Washington Post

Chinese ballistic missiles dubbed ‘Guam Killer’ pose increasing threat to U.S. island, report says

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May 13, 2016

While China has long had the ability to strike Guam with long-range nuclear missiles, the Chinese military is expending an increasing amount of resources to hit the key U.S. island with more conventional weapons in the event of a conflict, according to a government report released Tuesday.

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RAND Corporation

Improving Decisionmaking in a Turbulent World

April 6, 2016

In a turbulent and disorderly world, where bandwidth is no longer a technical term relating to radio frequencies but rather a synonym for the limited capacity of decisionmakers to deal with simultaneity, the United States must have a national security decisionmaking system to support its global role.

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CNN

Top intelligence official: ISIS to attempt U.S. attacks this year

February 10, 2016

Washington (CNN)Top U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that ISIS was likely to attempt direct attacks on the U.S. in the coming year and that the group was infiltrating refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria to move across borders.

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The Washington Post

Report: Russian sub activity returns to Cold War levels

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February 4, 2016

The Russian submarine fleet has returned to the North Atlantic with such gusto that NATO sub commanders are reporting “more activity from Russian submarines than we’ve seen since the days of the Cold War,” according to a top NATO admiral.

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The Wall Street Journal

Europe Curbing Defense Cuts to Counter ‘More Assertive Russia,’ NATO Says

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February 1, 2016

BRUSSELS—Russia’s will to “change borders in the east” has helped reduce defense-spending cuts among the European members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, according to the group’s general secretary.

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American Enterprise Institute

The case for American leadership in global affairs

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November 20, 2015

Join AEI as former Senators Jon Kyl and Joseph Lieberman lead a panel discussion with six of the report’s contributors on American leadership in international affairs. A second panel will discuss how each presidential candidate envisions America’s future role in the world.

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The Heritage Foundation

2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength

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October 30, 2015

The past year has been a tumultuous one for the national security interests and defense capabilities of the United States, to put it mildly. China has built islands in the South China Sea in defiance of international efforts to resolve territorial disputes amicably and is moving to militarize them. Russia continued its efforts to destabilize Ukraine and intimidate

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RAND Corporation

Limiting Regret: Building the Army We Will Need

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October 14, 2015

This report makes three essential points: The world has changed following the foundational defense planning in the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review; emerging and growing threats increase the likelihood that U.S. commitments in key regions will be challenged; and planned cuts to the U.S. Army will result in too few ground forces to satisfy declared commitments.

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