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The Unserious Air War Against ISIS

October 15, 2014 • By Mark Gunzinger and John StillionAnalysis

The campaign against Serbia in 1999 averaged 138 strike sorties daily. Against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria: seven. Since U.S. planes first struck targets in Iraq on Aug. 8,…

The Obama Administration, Turkey, and Syria’s Kurds

October 7, 2014 • By Eric EdelmanAnalysis

By Henri Barkey and Eric Edelman • The U.S. needs to act quickly to stop the Islamic State from overrunning the Kurds in the Syrian border town of Kobani. The fall…

DoD’s Strategy-Resource Mismatch

October 1, 2014 • By Todd Harrison and Jacob CohnAnalysis

Decades ago, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara asked the simple question: how much is enough? The answer, of course, is not a number but rather another more difficult question: enough…

When the Short Snappy War Goes Long

September 21, 2014 • By Christopher DoughertyAnalysis

As we once again face the promise of a conflict with a limited mission and a strangely ill-defined Strategic and Operational design – what do we need to keep in mind not just…

Cuts to Defense Spending Are Hurting Our National Security

September 19, 2014 • By Eric EdelmanAnalysis

By Michèle Flournoy and Eric Edelman •  This summer’s dramatic global events — from the rise of the Islamic State, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, war between Hamas and Israel, violent confrontations…