Defense Strategy

Analysis Brief

The Pacific’s Aussie Sheriff

Australia, once considered a minor power, increasingly plays a more prominent role in the Pacific Rim. As Canberra pursues a policy of creating stability across the region, Australian troops are deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in East Timor and the Solomon Islands. But not everyone is thrilled with Australia's new prominence.

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Analysis Brief

Still Open for Business

President Bush recently said he would "like to end Guantanamo." After more than four years and much international outcry, that appears to be a subtle shift in the administration's public stance. But that does not mean the end is nigh for America's most notorious detention center.

See more in Defense Strategy; Terrorism; Human Rights

Analysis Brief

Reviewing the Defenses

The Pentagon's new Quadrennial Defense Review calls for modernizing air, land, and sea forces and emphasizes a more agile approach to confronting threats posed by non-state actors. But in contrast to the previous review, the defense department is dropping the language of military transformation to concentrate on fighting its war on terrorism.

See more in Defense Strategy; United States; Defense Budget


Planning for Withdrawal in Afghanistan May Be Smart, But It’s Not Wise

Author: Daniel S. Markey
Defense One

Votes are still being counted in Afghanistan's presidential election, but preliminary results suggest that no candidate won a majority. If these results hold up and no backroom deals are cooked up between Afghan politicians, a runoff poll will follow and the victor will not likely be declared until late summer. That timeline is making U.S. and NATO military planners very nervous.

See more in Afghanistan; Diplomacy and Statecraft; Defense Strategy


Walking Loudly and Carrying a Big Stick

Author: Micah Zenko
Foreign Policy

A divergence of opinions between males and females is an "enduring characteristic of polls on the use of military force, regardless of the weapons system employed, military mission undertaken, whether the intervening force is unilateral or multilateral, and the strategic objective proposed," says Micah Zenko. Citing polls from the early 1990s to today, he investigates why this persistent difference in opinion exists and what it may mean for U.S. foreign policy.

See more in United States; Defense Strategy; Defense Technology; Drones