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Setting a New Course For Senior Leaders by Alan Bourque
A revised U.S. Army War College leadership development program for brigadier generals attempts to improve communication skills as well as expand understanding of the Army’s role in the bigger national security picture. The pilot program, conducted March 2–28, had just seven officers in the class—three colonels and four brigadier generals—a size aimed at providing an intimate educational environment. In this case, the selected leaders were young general officers or soon-to-be general officers with potential to serve in critical strategic assignments at the national level.
Global Leadership — Learning From History by John F. Troxell
We are in the season of discontent concerning the position of the United States in the world. Fortunately, this season of discontent corresponds with a season of momentous commemorations that offer valuable lessons that could help us get back on track toward demonstrating global leadership and responsibility: World War I, the Bretton Woods conference, and the Tiananmen Square crisis.
U.S. Must Rethink Unsustainable Counterterrorism Strategy by Steven Metz
While the world's attention this week was focused on Gaza and Ukraine, security remained precarious in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq and Afghanistan remain stark reminders that America's counterterrorism strategy, developed by the Bush administration after the 9/11 attacks and largely adopted by the Obama administration, is increasingly ineffective and unsustainable.
In just under two months, NATO heads of state will gather in Wales for their next summit meeting, which comes at a critical time for European security given Russia’s annexation of Crimea. NATO should seek 4 broad objectives:
- First, the alliance should announce its intent to permanently station troops in the East, most likely in Poland.
- Second, NATO should ditch its two-percent defense spending goal.
- Third, the alliance ought to move Allied Command Transformation (ACT) from Norfolk, Va., to Europe.
- Finally, NATO should either disband the NATO Response Force (NRF) or give U.S. Gen. Phil Breedlove, the alliance’s top military commander, greater peacetime operational control and authority over its use.
Regime change during the Arab Spring allowed Islamist political forces that had long been marginalized to achieve political influence in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. The author cautions against an overly simplistic assessment of this rise in the influence and power of political Islam. He shows that the political crises besetting each of these Islamist governments are not necessarily of their own making, but instead are determined by objective circumstances.
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