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Washington Institute: Iran's Doctrine of Asymmetric Naval Warfare

Author: Fariborz Haghshenass

This Washington Institute paper outlines how for more than a decade, Iran has lavished a considerable share of its defense budget on its naval forces (which consist of both regular and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps units), believing that the Persian Gulf will be its front line in the event of a confrontation with the United States. Following a naval war-fighting doctrine that suits its revolutionary ethos, Iran has developed innovative, asymmetric naval warfare tactics that exploit its favorable geographic situation, build on its strengths, and target the vulnerabilities of its enemies.

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European Defence - Myth or Reality?

The text of a speech delivered at London’s Chatham House on October 02, 2006, by Constanze Stelzenmuller of the German Marshall Fund of the United States about the future of European defence. Stelzenmuller argues that the perception that a common EU defence policy is unworkable is based on myths that undermine pragmatic integration of defence policies.

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AEI: Are We Ready for the Next 9/11? The Sorry State—and Stunning Waste—of Homeland Security Spending

Author: Veronique de Rugy

Since September 11, Congress has appropriated nearly $180 billion to protect Americans from terrorism. Total spending on homeland security in 2006 will be at least $50 billion—roughly $450 per American household. But far from making us more secure, the money is being allocated like so much pork.

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The Campaign Against ISIL Could Cost $1.5B a Month

Authors: Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking
Defense One

Writing in Defense One, Janine Davidson and Emerson Brooking assess the ramifications of the anti-ISIS air campaign's expansion into Syria. They argue that the campaign will be stymied without robust regional partnerships. They conclude that, should the campaign escalate further, both domestic funding and political authorization will become significant issues of debate.

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