Matthew Leatherman interviewed on NPR about public views of military spending

Matthew Leatherman was quoted on NPR's Morning Edition regarding defense cuts.

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Russell Rumbaugh article in National Defense University Press on combatant commanders

October 20, 2014

The U.S. military today fights jointly. A joint commander—reporting to the Secretary of Defense—commands all Service components during military operations. And as a key sign of this jointness, combatant commanders no longer come solely from a single Service as they once did. In fact,

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Rachel Stohl quoted in Trib Live on demand for commercial drones

October 20, 2014

Picture this: A major hurricane or earthquake strikes a U.S. city, resulting in millions of dollars in damage. Before insurance companies can settle claims for ruined cars and houses, they need damage assessments to calculate their payouts, but sending adjusters into a potentially

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Yun Sun op-ed in Asia Times on gas trade between Myanmar and China

October 14, 2014

Since the Sino-Myanmar natural gas pipeline commenced fuel deliveries in late July 2013, the 793-kilometer energy transportation route has operated well below its total capacity. The underutilization has resulted in an estimated annualized loss of 1.7 billion yuan (US$280 million)

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Ricky Passarelli letter to the editor in the Washington Post on using water for peace

October 12, 2014

The alarming use of water as a weapon by the Islamic State is sadly part of a greater trend: diminishing water resources as a source of manipulation and conflict [“For Islamic State, water is a weapon,” front page, Oct. 8].

In the Niger River Basin, where Boko Haram has gained

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Michael Krepon column in Arms Control Wonk on Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi

October 11, 2014

The recent trips to the United States by Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi provide ample evidence of India’s and Pakistan’s divergent trajectories. Nawaz arrived with no fanfare, a known commodity in familiar trouble back home. He delivered a lackluster speech at the

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Yun Sun quoted in Thanh Nien Daily on China building military airstrip on flashpoint island

October 09, 2014

Vietnam has yet again condemned China after the latter completed a runway for military aircraft on an island in the East Sea (the Vietnamese term for the South China Sea) over which Hanoi claims sovereignty.

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“The relatively low level of intensity of tension created by the
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Stimson Center cited in Defense World on the increase in Asian naval capability

October 09, 2014

In an interview with Defenseworld.net, Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director of Experia Events talks about the upcoming IMDEX 2015 and the return of two strategic conferences – the International Maritime Security Conference (IMSC) and the Asian edition of the prestigious International

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Joshua T. White op-ed cited in the Diplomat on the Afghan Army

October 08, 2014

A few curated defense and security links from around the Internet:

In a troubling development, the Afghan army’s death rate spiked by 30 percent, suggesting that the country’s military remains ill-equipped for the host of security threats the country faces. Additionally, as U.S. and

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Stimson’s “Letters from the Mekong” cited in Radio Free Asia on Mekong dams

October 08, 2014

A new study has called for standardized transboundary impact assessments on all planned hydropower dam projects on Southeast Asia’s Mekong River amid concerns over the threat they pose to the environment and tens of millions of people who rely on the waterway for their

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Joshua T. White op-ed in War on the Rocks

October 06, 2014

The recent visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington must have come as a welcome reprieve for a White House consumed by chaos in the Middle East, Russian revisionism in Eastern Europe, and the spread of Ebola in Africa. Modi’s resounding electoral success in the May

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Russell Rumbaugh quoted in PunditFacts on Dick Cheney’s comments on Army brigades

October 06, 2014

There is no question that the Pentagon is spending millions of dollars in the effort to destroy the forces of the Islamic State group. By one estimate, fielding 2,000 troops in Iraq and maintaining a moderate level of airstrikes could cost between $200 million and $320 million per

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Stimson 2013 report cited in South China Morning Post

October 06, 2014

Just five years ago, Myanmar's lifeline to the world ran along the Burma Road into China.

The Southeast Asian nation, one of the world's poorest, was for years heavily reliant on China as a source of investment in the most basic infrastructure.

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But China's role has been muted.

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Michael Krepon quoted in Tribune India on Modi’s visit to Washington

October 05, 2014

Washington DC has the reputation of being one heck of a tough town. With heads of state visiting it frequently, America’s capital is not easily impressed. While Narendra Modi on his maiden visit as Prime Minister made a big splash, the badshahs of the Beltway — the host of think

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Alan Romberg quoted in Correio Braziense [Portuguese]

October 05, 2014

No mercado noturno de Raohe, no Memorial de Chiang Kai-shek ou no templo taoísta de Long-shan, a vida segue seu curso sem se incomodar com o status quo político indefinido. Com 23 milhões de habitantes e a 19ª economia mais sólida do planeta, Taiwan busca equilibrar-se no cenário

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Gordon Adams quoted in Stars and Stripes on ‘war credit card’

October 03, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has been issuing dire warnings this year that the military is fast approaching a severe money crunch — a problem compounded now by the war in Iraq and Syria.

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Congress will almost certainly pay that bill using the OCO account, said Gordon Adams, an

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Alan Romberg quoted in Forbes on China’s bid to reunify with Taiwan

October 01, 2014

The timing was ominously weird. A day before tens of thousands took to the streets in Hong Kong to press for universal suffrage, an affront to Beijing’s more authoritarian rule, Chinese President Xi Jinpingsuggested that staunchly self-ruled, democratic Taiwan also join his country.

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Michael Krepon quoted in Counter Currents on international aid for Kashmir

September 30, 2014

It is not asking for alms. During natural calamities and manmade disasters people of Jammu and Kashmir have the right to get aid from the United Nations, the Organization of Islamic Conference, and other international organizations, on more than one count. The United Nations is

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Alan Romberg quoted in War is Boring on shooting down spy planes

September 30, 2014

In August, a Chinese fighter jet flew a barrel roll over a U.S. Navy P-8 patrol plane over the South China Sea. This sort of aerial harassment has happened often enough that the U.S. government has a script for how to respond.

Last week, the Department of State released a new

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Stimson’s Chairman’s Forum cited in Breaking Defense on the changing US Army

September 26, 2014

WASHINGTON: “Everybody’s got to change.” That’s the message from Army Gen. David Perkins, about everything from concepts to training to weapons programs. “A couple of weeks ago, we had a meeting with the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff,” he said. “They said, ‘look, this

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