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The Next War

August 15, 2012 The war in Afghanistan is not over yet, but back in Washington the battle has already started over what the next war will be. On one side stands the Army, struggling to reorient itself to a wider world after a decade of all-consuming counterinsurgency in Afghanistan and Iraq. On the ...

For soldiers, coming home can be as hard as leaving

September 17, 2010 Going off to war is hard. All too often, so is coming home. The total number of American troops deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq has finally started to come down. But from on-base counseling offices to the White House, the realization is growing that the strain on military families does ...

Observers debate role, authority of intelligence chief

May 24, 2010 Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair announced his resignation, effective May 28, amid reports that he had clashed with the White House and, particularly, the politically ultra-connected CIA director, Leon Panetta. Prominent members of Congress, including Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., and two contributors to this blog, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., ...

Army's Future Combat Systems faces uncertain future

March 13, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If the Army must be ready for both high-intensity combat and low-intensity counterinsurgency, what is to become of the service's main modernization program, the awkwardly named and hugely expensive Future Combat Systems? With a new administration and a worsening economy, there is unprecedented pressure to trim the complex program -- ...

Army modernization project faces uncertain future

March 13, 2009 If the Army must be ready for both high-intensity combat and low-intensity counterinsurgency, what is to become of the service's main modernization program, the awkwardly named and hugely expensive Future Combat Systems? With a new administration and a worsening economy, there is unprecedented pressure to trim the complex program -- ...

Analysts debate feasibility of Obama's Iraq withdrawal plan

December 15, 2008 In 2002, a little-known Illinois state senator named Barack Obama launched himself onto the national stage by opposing the invasion of Iraq. As a presidential candidate, Obama laid out a 16-month timeline, starting on Inauguration Day and ending in summer 2010, to withdraw major combat forces from Iraq. The Iraqi ...

Candidates have not tipped their hands on defense spending

October 7, 2008 Editor's note: This article is excerpted from a National Journal story exploring how much of a difference the next president will be able to make in a number of policy areas. Nine years ago, an up-and-coming presidential candidate named George W. Bush staked out a bold position on national defense, ...

Army struggles toward goal of wi-fi infantry

September 26, 2008 FORT BLISS, Texas -- You can hear the robot coming. It buzzes across the ground like an overgrown toy car, which in many ways it is, down to the Xbox-style remote in the hands of the young soldier operating it. Visiting reporters and Army officers, packed close on a rooftop, ...

Army struggles to make FCS perform for Hill

September 22, 2008 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FORT BLISS, Texas -- You can hear the robot coming. It buzzes across the ground like an overgrown toy car, which in many ways it is, down to the Xbox-style remote in the hands of the young soldier operating it. Visiting reporters and Army officers, packed close on a rooftop, ...

Pilot program may overhaul treatment of veterans

July 18, 2008 The influx of wounded troops from Afghanistan and Iraq has burst the seams of the military health care system. The much-publicized scandal in 2007 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, which kick-started reforms, has proved to be only the tip of a large and ugly iceberg. The problem is not ...