Defense

Master of disaster reflects on Deepwater Horizon's enduring lessons

Retired Adm. Thad Allen, who also led the government response to Hurricane Katrina, talks about how the oil spill could affect public policy.

News

Haiti response effort brings lessons from Katrina

An interview with Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen on the similarities and differences between the two relief operations.

Defense

Afghanistan is Obama's war now

Facing a host of bad options, Barack Obama is poised to take ownership of a war that will inevitably shadow his presidency.

Defense

Expert says nuclear terrorism is not a major threat

The Rand Corp.'s Brian Michael Jenkins says fears of a nuclear attack are overblown.

Defense

Progress in Afghanistan gets rockier

If Iraq is the model for how to defeat an insurgency, NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan have a very long road ahead.

Defense

Coast Guard reaches milestone in massive equipment modernization project

Commandant Thad Allen talks about the troubled "Deepwater" program now that the service has received its first new long-range cutter in 36 years.

Defense

Success of Iraq surge rests on ability to suspend cycle of violence

Determining whether U.S. forces are buying enough time and security to allow for longer-term stability is more an art than a science.

Defense

Withdrawal from Iraq would prompt new challenges

Pullout would require careful planning for a contingency the commander-in-chief won't even discuss.

Defense

Army strained to near its breaking point

Short breaks between combat tours and limited resources to respond to wartime mission are taking a toll.

Defense

Rumsfeld leaves his successor in a difficult position

Outgoing Defense secretary was determined to make his mark by transforming the military, but the Iraq war overshadowed that goal.

Defense

U.S. options to control violence in Iraq narrowing

Country lacks the support and resources for all-out war effort, leaving few palatable choices.

Defense

White House anti-terror chief: 'We are due for another attack'

A conversation with Frances Townsend, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.

Defense

New Coast Guard chief discusses lessons learned from Katrina

Adm. Thad Allen says government is making progress establishing clear lines of command and communication for disaster response.

Defense

Stakes high in battle between Rumsfeld, generals

Conflict represents worst breach in civilian-military relations in decades.

Defense

Army overhaul prompts new approach to training

Training cycle has been compressed and exercises have grown more realistic, riskier.

Defense

Concerns linger about plan to bring overseas-based troops home

An independent commission has raised questions about the Pentagon's effort to transform the military into a more expeditionary force based in the United States.

Defense

Coast Guard official fills leadership void in Katrina relief effort

Vice Adm. Thad Allen seeks to cut red tape, reassure local officials.

Defense

Poor communications slowed military's hurricane response

Destroyed communications network made it hard to create a centralized command center.

Defense

Military's Northern Command steps up response efforts

The deteriorating situation in Hurricane Katrina's wake illustrates just how heavily civil authorities have to rely on U.S. military forces in truly catastrophic circumstances.

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