Defense Strategy

Backgrounder

Japan and Its Military

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik

Japan's constitution forbids a traditional military, allowing only a narrowly defined Self Defense Force, or SDF. Some experts now see acceleration in the longstanding movement to modernize and strengthen the country's national defense.

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Backgrounder

U.S. Military Strategy in Iraq

Author: Lionel Beehner

With all the talk of drawing down U.S. forces in Iraq, the U.S. military is quietly adopting a strategy that gets more U.S. soldiers onto the streets to interact with Iraqi locals and forces. Experts say this strategy will be successful at securing Iraq in the long run, even though it puts troops at greater risk in the short run.

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Event

Intelligence Support to the Military

Jane Harman and John McLaughlin will discuss the role of intelligence in supporting the U.S. military in peacetime and wartime. As ranking member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, each offers a unique perspective into the challenges faced by the intelligence community in providing accurate and timely intelligence to American defense policy makers, military commanders, and the U.S. armed forces.

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Reception
12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Meeting

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Event

"How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle"

In How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, Gideon Rose argues that American leaders always forget the political aspects of war and focus more on beating up the enemy than on creating a stable postwar environment. Please join Gideon Rose to discuss his examination of the choices confronting presidents and their advisers during the final stages of each major conflict from World War I through Iraq.  

For more information on How Wars End, visit: http://www.cfr.org/publication/22995

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