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Earl H. Tilford


    Wed, September 24, 2014

    Air Power's Siren Song


    In the early morning of September 23, 2014, American air forces–joined by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Jordan–began striking targets in Syria as part of ongoing ...

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    Fri, September 19, 2014

    War A Matter of Semantics


    "Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind."
    –President John F. Kennedy

    For most people war is an unthinkable horror. ...

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    Fri, September 12, 2014

    Do We Have a Strategy for ISIS?


    President Obama in his September 10 speech did not deliver a viable war-fighting strategy against ISIS. In fact, the president doesn't seem to understand that ISIS is at war with the U.S.

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    Thu, September 04, 2014

    Strategy 101 for President Obama


    In August 1961, while the Soviets erected the Berlin Wall to plunge the Cold War into the deep freeze, President John F. Kennedy ordered the Joint Chiefs of Staff to devise a nuclear-first strike ...

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    Thu, August 21, 2014

    Face Time With Vladimir


    President Barack Obama has spent a lot of TV face time opining on race relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2009, on the George Zimmerman trial of 2012-13, on the riots in a St. Louis suburb last ...

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    Thu, August 14, 2014

    The Strategic Imperative of ISIS


    During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, "Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run." He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone and Al-Qaeda ...

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    Mon, March 17, 2014

    U.S. Should Take Lead in Finding Lost Airplane


    The disappearance of a Boeing 777 airliner with 239 people on board has ignited speculation ranging from catastrophic malfunction to hijacking. That the United States, a global power with the ...

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    Wed, November 20, 2013

    Kennedy Security Legacy


    Between January 1961 and Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy fundamentally changed U.S. national security policy. These changes resulted in structures and doctrines that enabled American forces ...

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    Tue, September 03, 2013

    Camelot and the Syrian Crisis


    November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the end of Camelot. During its tenure, President John F. Kennedy's administration set national security precedents that have influenced the way Washington ...

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    Tue, July 02, 2013

    Reflections on Gettysburg


    It's July in Alabama and 100 degrees in the shade. Despite the heat, I crack the bedroom window at night to soak up the sounds and smells of the South. The crickets in the woods, a hoot owl on ...

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    Wed, November 21, 2012

    The Gaza Trap


    Even though Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced an Israel-Gaza ceasefire, it's apparent that Gaza still holds many traps for Israel.

    For example, there's the media trap. ...

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    Wed, October 17, 2012

    Intelligence and National Security Priorities


    A generation ago, in the 1970s, the U.S. intelligence community possessed the technology to discern whether or not a U.S. consulate was under attack by terrorists or by rioters run amok. Moreover, no ...

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    Sun, September 02, 2012

    A More Immediate Threat


    On July 23, 2012, Syria–one of seven nations not to sign the Chemical Weapons
    Convention–admitted owning a stockpile of chemical and biological weapons. A
    foreign ministry ...

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    Sun, July 15, 2012

    On a Wing and a . . .


    Not long ago, a group of 66 members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of
    Defense Leon Panetta, urging him to issue guidance to counter an "alarming
    pattern of attacks on ...

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    Fri, May 04, 2012

    Afghanization


    President Barack Obama's five-point plan for turning the war back to the Afghans is designed to cover the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces and "forge a just and lasting peace." What does ...

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    Tue, March 27, 2012

    Rembering Audacious Military Operations


    On March 19, speaking at a Morris Township, New Jersey Democratic Party fundraiser, Vice President Joe Biden provided what may be the mother of all election year bumper stickers when he asserted, ...

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    Mon, March 05, 2012

    Israel's Options


    Late in the summer of 1961, President John F. Kennedy asked the Air Force to plan a nuclear first strike on the Soviet Union. The plan involved 55 B-52 bombers hitting 80 targets to degrade Soviet ...

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    Thu, March 01, 2012

    Sorry Mess: Presidential Apologies and Pardons


    Much ink has flowed over the recent apologies from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and General John Allen, commander of NATO forces in ...

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    Fri, February 17, 2012

    Strategic Abdication


    From Damascus to Tehran, a test for world leadership is underway. Daily, the Syrian military–well-armed, highly trained thugs whose current mission is to keep dictator Bashar Assad in ...

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    Thu, January 26, 2012

    Preparing the Military for Future Threats


    With breaking news of a U.S. Navy SEAL team successfully [4]rescuing two
    hostages from pirates in Somalia, military pundits are quick to note how the
    deployment of small, elite units will ...

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    Wed, January 18, 2012

    Military Modernization: Back to the Future


    President Barack Obama's vision for modernizing the U.S. military is little more than an exercise in "back to the future."

    Consider: Back in 2001, the armed forces were nearly a ...

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    Wed, August 10, 2011

    Need to Restructure DOD (Part II)


    The U.S. Department of Defense must restructure to accommodate deep budget cuts and, more importantly, be ready for the challenges of 21st-century warfare. Those challenges will include ...

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    Thu, August 04, 2011

    The Need to Restructure DOD


    In 1914, on the eve of the Great War, the Duke of Cambridge wrote, "There is a time for all things. There is even a time for change; and that is when it can no longer be avoided."

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    Wed, May 04, 2011

    A Report from Tuscaloosa's Ground Zero


    The Warrior River borders the University of Alabama campus, separating old
    Tuscaloosa from up-scale housing developments to the north. Tuscaloosans know a
    "north of the river" ...

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    Wed, March 24, 2010

    Strategic Misstep or Prelude to Meltdown?


    On Thursday, March 11, during Vice President Joe Biden's trip to Israel to herald the re-initiation of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Israel's Interior Ministry announced the construction of 1,600 ...

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    Mon, January 11, 2010

    The Uncertain Trumpet and Systemic Failure


    _In the mid-1960s, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Notre Dame's Rocky Bleier. Unfortunately, Steeler management failed to protect the prized rookie with the paperwork necessary to take advantage of a ...

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    Thu, December 31, 2009

    Latest 'Human Made Disaster" Attack Succeeds


    History holds that during World War II the Army executed only one American soldier, Private Eddie Slovik. There was another, a footnote to history.

    In 1944, B-24 Liberators taking off ...

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    Mon, August 17, 2009

    Christianity and Depravity in the Afterglow of Hiroshima and Nagasaki


    Each year, in early August, debate reemerges over the use of atomic weapons to end World War II. Some historians justify their use given the prospects for a long, bloody invasion of Japan. ...

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    Fri, May 29, 2009

    Limited Options for Dealing with North Korea


    Kim Jong Il, North Korea's psychotic "Dear Leader," specializes in "guerrilla diplomacy." He backs it up with a half-dozen or so nuclear weapons squirreled away deep inside ...

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    Wed, January 07, 2009

    Operation Cast Lead:

    A Necessary, Just and Legal Response


    As soon as Israeli air strikes began striking Hamas-controlled Gaza, many American church leaders started calling for an immediate ceasefire based solely on human suffering rather than the political ...

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    Tue, December 30, 2008

    Israeli Attacks on Hamas Justified


    The Hamas Charter proscribes peace with Israel. Ceasefires are possible only when advantageous to Hamas and always are temporary. Accordingly, as soon as the latest ceasefire expired, Hamas ...

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    Thu, October 30, 2008

    Testing Presidential Mettle: JFK and Obama


    Democratic vice-presidential nominee Senator Joe Biden recently predicted that within the first six months of an Obama administration the freshman president would be tested by a contrived ...

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    Wed, October 22, 2008

    General Powell's Endorsement


    Many conservatives wonder why retired Army Gen. Colin Powell endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The quick answer–and the most inadequate one–is that Powell is ...

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    Fri, October 10, 2008

    Why November 2008 Looks Like March 1936


    Near the conclusion of Tuesday night's second presidential "town-hall" style debate, a questioner from the audience asked each candidate what he would do if Iran attacked Israel. Both ...

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    Mon, October 06, 2008

    Critical Mass:

    Economic Leadership or Dictatorship


    Economic and political destabilization ranked high on al-Qaeda's list of strategic objectives in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Washington, DC. In addition to killing nearly 3,000 ...

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