Defense Strategy


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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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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Fatal Choice

Author: Richard Butler

A forty-year effort to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons is breaking down, and the threat that terrorist groups will acquire them is growing. In Fatal Choice, Ambassador Richard Butler argues that we are poised on the verge of a second and much more risk-filled nuclear arms race than the one experienced throughout the Cold War.

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The John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture: The Future of NATO

Speaker: Madeleine K. Albright
Presider: Richard N. Haass

Dr. Albright will discuss the new recommendations and analyses of the Group of Experts on NATO's New Strategic Concept, including how NATO governments can further transform the Alliance, and the twenty-first century challenges and opportunities the Alliance will face.

Related Reading:

NATO 2020: Assured Security; Dynamic Engagement

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Rebalancing and Reforming Defense: Quadrennial Defense Review 2010

Speaker: Michèle Flournoy
Presider: Thom Shanker

Every four years, the U.S. Department of Defense conducts a congressionally mandated review of national defense strategy and priorities known as the Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). As the Pentagon concludes its 2010 QDR–the second such review to be conducted in wartime and the first of the Obama administration–join Michèle Flournoy for an assessment of defense policy over the short and long term.


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