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March 17, 2021

Nigeria
The Nigerian Military’s Missing Link: A Joint Special Operations Command

Nigeria’s northern regions continue to struggle with insecurity, claiming the lives of tens of thousands and displacing millions due to armed banditry and Boko Haram.

A camouflaged Nigerian military truck with a soldier sitting in the back manning a mounted gun.

May 3, 2021

Nigeria
In a Reversal, Nigeria Wants U.S. Africa Command Headquarters in Africa

On April 27, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in a virtual meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, requested that the United States move the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters from Stuttgart, Germany to Africa. The request marks a reversal of official Nigerian opposition—first made public twelve years ago—to AFRICOM plans to move to the continent.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is seen on a television screen speaking during a virtual visit to the U.S. State Department, in which he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

April 22, 2020

Cybersecurity
U.S. Cyber Command’s Malware Inoculation: Linking Offense and Defense in Cyberspace

"Defend forward" is frequently misunderstood to be purely offensive in nature. However, U.S. Cyber Command's malware inoculation initiative illustrates how the strategy also serves defensive objectiv…

Cyber defense operations at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command.

March 31, 2020

South Korea
Let the UN Command Remain a Tool for Korean Peace

The UNC should continue to carry out its unique armistice-management responsibilities following OPCON transfer on the Korean Peninsula.

A South Korean honor guard stands in front of boxes containing the remains of the UNC and ROK soldiers killed in North Korea in the 1950-53 Korean War during the mutual repatriation ceremony of soldiers' remains in Seoul, South Korea on July 13, 2018.

March 12, 2020

South Korea
Recommendations for the Future U.S.-South Korea Alliance Command Structure

OPCON transition is a new beginning for combined defense.

The South Korean and American flags fly next to each other at Yongin, South Korea, August 23, 2016.

October 31, 2018

Russia
U.S. Cyber Command Targeted Russian Operatives to Deter Election Meddling. Here’s Why.

Although anonymity is generally prized for successful cyber operations, it might not be ideal in all cases, especially if the United States wants to deter an Russia spreading disinformation. 

Pentagon

June 15, 2016

Afghanistan
New Commander, New Rules

Harry Oppenheimer is a research associate for national security at the Council on Foreign Relations. The U.S. military mission in Afghanistan has been subject to restrictive rules of engagement that…

AfghanistanPOE

February 3, 2016

United States
Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief

I have a piece on ForeignPolicy.com that attempts to evaluate what sort of commander in chief Donald Trump might be if actually elected president. After his second place finish in the Iowa caucuses l…

Trump Iowa Causus

May 30, 2018

Cybersecurity
Instead of Hacking Back, U.S. Companies Should Let Cyber Command Do It for Them

Having private companies "hack back" against their attackers in cyberspace has always been a controversial idea. It is also illegal in the United States. Companies should instead rely on the U.S. gov…

DHS

March 13, 2014

Defense and Security
Highlights Of U.S. Special Operations Command

“U.S. Special Operations Command in Review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2015 and the Future Years Defense Program,” Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and…