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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Council on Foreign Relations Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a regular contributor to Defense One. Lemmon is the author of Ashley's War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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The Longest War Fades Even at NATO

May 26, 2017 This was the big stage and the NATO spotlight. At least it was supposed to be. For months, U.S. commanders said they needed thousands more NATO and American troops to help Afghans hold back the resurgent and unrelenting fighting of more than 20 terrorist groups across the country. They looked...

And So It Begins: Trump, Syria, and The Lessons of Iraq

May 22, 2017 Pentagon leaders may be talking “annihilation” when it comes to fighting ISIS under the Trump administration, but the reality is that America is focused on limited goals in Syria. The U.S. military is not aiming to take on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces or their proxies directly any time soon....

So Trump Is Arming Kurds...Then What?

May 11, 2017 An overnight decision months in the making is now official U.S. policy: America will directly arm the Syrian Kurds. NATO ally Turkey may see Syrian Kurdish fighters as terrorists, but the Pentagon sees them as the most effective local force in the fight against the Islamic State, or ISIS. Now...

How Will Trump Get Us From Tomahawks to the Peace Table?

April 12, 2017 When President Donald Trump last week became the first American president in the history of the six-year Syrian civil war to overtly attack Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, he said, “Tonight, I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria.”...

‘It Was High Time’

April 7, 2017 “I call on all civilized nations to join us in seeking to end the slaughter and bloodshed in Syria...we hope that as long as America stands for justice, then peace and harmony will, in the end, prevail.” Those are the words of an American president who launched military strikes against...

The Marine Photo Scandal and the Cost of Indifference

March 27, 2017 Early this month, news broke on a military website called the War Horse that nude photos of women service members had been posted on a closed Facebook group called Marines United. In the days that followed, the Marine Corps announced that the Naval Criminal Investigation Service was launching an investigation....

Three Lingering Questions For Trump's New Plan to Fight ISIS

March 19, 2017 Right now, the U.S. military is finalizing its options in Syria for President Donald Trump. The troop caps of the Obama era are a thing of the past. At least for now. These personnel limits, so popular among some in Washington, served as brakes against accelerating conflicts, made art of...

Want to Win Wars? Fund Soft Power, Trump’s Generals Say

March 2, 2017 “We never win, and we don't fight to win,” President Trump said this week, unveiling a budget that would boost defense spending by double-digits while cutting the State Department by 37 percent. But those leading America’s military effort have never been more vocal about the need for development dollars and...

Don’t Blame Trump for the Yemen Raid’s Outcome

February 2, 2017 Blame for the Yemen raid going terribly wrong is now being placed squarely on the desk of the new president. Reports surfaced on Thursday night to say that President Trump had authorized the raid in Yemen, which targeted Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula without sufficient intelligence and backup planning....

No Turning Back? First Woman Makes Army’s Elite 75th Ranger Regiment, Big Step For Women in Combat

January 19, 2017 History has been made. The U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment has become the first special operations unit to have a woman meet the standards of its selection course. Last month a female officer completed Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 2, or RASP 2, earning the right to don the prized...

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