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Analysis & Opinions - WBUR

Advice To The Next President: National And Homeland Security

| October 17, 2012

"Having a professional military means that the United States can go to war while the vast majority of citizens are not directly affected. Therefore it falls upon the president, more than any other individual, to make sure the nation goes to war only if and when absolutely necessary."


The Need for the Next Special Operations Forces' Mobility Aircraft

| June 2012

The proliferation of threat systems and Anti-Access, Area Denial (A2/AD) strategies make performing special operations forces' (SOF) air mobility missions increasingly complicated and limit the capability to defeat air defenses and penetrate into denied airspace. Combined with an aging inventory, ill suited to evading these threats, Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) and the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) must look to technology to defeat the more modern threat systems and anti-access strategies. The best answer to penetrate future, denied regions is in stealth or low observable (LO) technology.

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures during a speech on the economy, Mar. 9, 2012, at the Rolls Royce aircraft engine part production plant in Prince George, Va.

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Analysis & Opinions - Public Service Europe

The 2012 US Election — Through the Prism of the Economy

| April 4, 2012

"Barring a dramatic event like a terrorist attack or a meltdown of historic proportions in Iran, Iraq or Afghanistan — even foreign policy will be viewed through the prism of the economy. Support for the war in Afghanistan is at an all-time low, driven in large part by the humongous amount of treasure — in both blood and dollars — we have spent in a place that seems as resistant to a western view of government as ever."

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, left, & Mitt Romney, Former Governor of Mass., before speaking at the CBS News/National Journal foreign policy debate, Nov. 12, 2011 in Spartanburg, S.C.

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN

GOP Cannot Separate Foreign Policy from the Economy

| November 22, 2011

"The economy and our national security are inextricably linked. What we pay for and how we pay for it are decisions that are not simply about domestic economic policy. Likewise, the choices we make about our commitment to two wars and our willingness to engage in future wars have dramatic economic consequences."

An newspaper advocacy ad touting the F-22 Raptor is displayed among stories about the ailing economy, in Washington,  Jan. 29, 2009. The defense industry's message: Weapons systems aren't just instruments of national security, they're vital jobs programs.

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Paychecks as a Defense Weapon

| November 7, 2011

"This has to do with the nature of military investments. The Center for International Policy details that military spending is more often capital intensive, not labor intensive. Take a single F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Only 1.5 percent of its total costs (estimates are about $200 million per plane) are spent on labor to assemble and manufacture the entire aircraft."

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks about the role of economics in U.S. foreign policy to the Economic Club of New York on October 14, 2011, at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City

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Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

Foreign Policy, Economy Interconnected

| October 17, 2011

"Because we waged wars without paying for them with new taxes, we took on greater international debt, setting the stage for last summer's debt-ceiling debate. The failure of war planning in both Iraq and Afghanistan, which led to substantial violence in both arenas, caused unease in the global oil markets leading to higher prices. Global instability in foreign affairs is tied to global instability in economic affairs."

In this Sept. 24, 2010, file photo the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) prepares for the Cyber Storm III exercise at its operations center in Arlington, Va.

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Magazine Article - Bulletin of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The Future of Power

| Spring 2011

"The conventional wisdom among those who looked at the Middle East used to be that you had a choice either of supporting the autocrat or being stuck with the religious extremists. The extraordinary diffusion of information created in Egypt and other Middle Eastern countries reveals a strong middle that we weren't fully aware of. What is more, new technologies allow this new middle to coordinate in ways unseen before Twitter, Facebook, and so forth, and this could lead to a very different politics of the Middle East. This introduces a new complexity to our government's dealings with the region."

In a Mar. 29, 2011 U.S. Navy photo , the guided-missile destroyer USS Barry launches a Tomahawk cruise missile from the Mediterranean Sea to support U.S. military forces assisting the international response to the unrest in Libya.

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

Is America Addicted to War?

| April 4, 2011

"Since the mid-1960s, American conservatism has waged a relentless and successful campaign to convince U.S. voters that it is wasteful, foolish, and stupid to pay taxes to support domestic programs here at home, but it is our patriotic duty to pay taxes to support a military establishment that costs more than all other militaries put together and that is used not to defend American soil but to fight wars mostly on behalf of other people. In other words, Americans became convinced that it was wrong to spend tax revenues on things that would help their fellow citizens (like good schools, health care, roads, and bridges, high-speed rail, etc.), but it was perfectly OK to tax Americans (though of course not the richest Americans) and spend the money on foreign wars."