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In this April 17, 2017, file photo, U.S. forces and Afghan security police are seen in Asad Khil near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File

Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

Getting an Edge in the Long Afghan Struggle

| June 22, 2017

America’s leaders should not lose sight of why the U.S. went to, and has stayed in, Afghanistan: It is in our national interest to ensure that country is not once again a sanctuary for transnational extremists, as it was when the 9/11 attacks were planned there.

Brig. Gen. Sean Gainey, left, and Brig. Gen. Eric Sanchez stand during a change of command ceremony at Fort Shafter in Honolulu on Friday, Aug. 5, 2016

Audrey McAvoy/AP

Analysis & Opinions - Council on Foreign Relations Press Foreign Affairs

America’s Awesome Military

| September/October 2016

The United States has the best military in the world today, by far. U.S. forces have few, if any, weaknesses, and in many areas—from naval warfare to precision-strike capabilities, to airpower, to intelligence and reconnaissance, to special operations—they play in a totally different league from the militaries of other countries. Nor is this situation likely to change anytime soon, as U.S. defense spending is almost three times as large as that of the United States’ closest competitor, China, and accounts for about one-third of all global military expenditures—with another third coming from U.S. allies and partners.

Nevertheless, 15 years of war and five years of budget cuts and Washington dysfunction have taken their toll.

Lt. Col. Arshad Hussein with the 1st Zerevani Brigade at a small outpost outside the village of Qarqashah, Iraq in Monday, Aug. 15, 2016.

Susannah George/AP

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

The challenge in Mosul won’t be to defeat the Islamic State. It will be what comes after.

| August 12, 2016

In the next few months, a mixed force of Iraqi Arab and Kurdish security forces — including various Sunni and perhaps some Shiite militia elements — will enter Mosul, clear the city of Islamic State extremists and then work to bring governance, stability and reconstruction to one of Iraq’s most complex cities and its province.

Marines assault the beach at Lake Margrethe at Camp Grayling, Mich., Aug. 13, 2016, to rehearse amphibious assault operations during Northern Strike 16.

Department of Defense

Analysis & Opinions - The Wall Street Journal

The Myth of a U.S. Military ‘Readiness’ Crisis

| August 9, 2016

U.S. military readiness is again a hot issue in the presidential election, but unfortunately the current debate glosses over some of the most important facts. While Congress’s sequestration-mandated cuts to military spending have hurt preparedness, America’s fighting forces remain ready for battle. They have extensive combat experience across multiple theaters since 9/11, a tremendous high-tech defense industry supplying advanced weaponry, and support from an extraordinary intelligence community.

Anti-Muslim bigotry aids Islamist terrorists

Pete Souza, White House

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Anti-Muslim bigotry aids Islamist terrorists

| May 13, 2016

Almost 15 years after the 9/11 attacks, and five years since the killing of the chief architect of those attacks, the United States and the world face a resurgent threat from terrorism. This stark reality should inform the national debate as we prepare to elect our next commander in chief.

As states across the Middle East have collapsed into civil war, Islamist extremist groups such as the Islamic State have exploited the upheaval to seize vast swaths of territory, which they have used to rally recruits, impose totalitarian rule over the people trapped in these areas and plot attacks against the rest of the world.

New York Veterans Day Parade in November 2011

U.S. Army

Analysis & Opinions - USA Today

Veterans Deserve Universities' Loyalty

| April 21, 2016

Millions of Americans have served in the U.S. military and returned to civilian life since our nation was attacked on 9/11. Many more will join them in the years ahead. By 2019, America’s post-9/11 veterans population will exceed three million people.

Our nation owes an enormous debt to these new veterans. Indeed, they have earned recognition as America’s “New Greatest Generation.” And our universities need to support them to the fullest extent possible, including through the Yellow Ribbon Program, which removes financial barriers that often stand in the way.