Category Archives: Foreign Forces

Opinion: NATO's Maritime Future

Opinion: NATO’s Maritime Future

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USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participate in a bilateral underway engagement with Romanian ships, the frigate ROS Regina Maria (F 222) and the frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) in the Black Sea in April 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) and the guided-missile frigate USS Taylor (FFG 50) participate in a bilateral underway engagement with Romanian ships, the frigate ROS Regina Maria (F 222) and the frigate ROS Marasesti (F 111) in the Black Sea in April 2014. US Navy Photo

The transatlantic alliance successfully navigated some rough seas in 2014. A year that began without any allied consensus on NATO’s proper direction in the world looks set to conclude with unanimity in the face of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foray into Ukraine. Last month’s NATO summit in Wales especially seemed to prove that Europe still can give a good account of itself when necessary. Yet the hard work of follow-through on all the political commitments made there remains to be done, and the fundamental question raised by Russia’s belligerence—whether NATO will endure as a viable military entity—warrants close scrutiny in 2015. In no case more so than NATO’s maritime domain, where the Ukraine crisis prompted only slight adjustments at the same time it highlighted the need for a major course change. Read More

Work: Sixty Percent of U.S. Navy and Air Force Will Be Based in Pacific by 2020

Work: Sixty Percent of U.S. Navy and Air Force Will Be Based in Pacific by 2020

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on Sept. 30, 2014 at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. CFR Photo

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work on Sept. 30, 2014 at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. CFR Photo

More than half of U.S. Air Force and Navy forces will be based in the Asia Pacific by 2020 as part of the Pentagon’s rebalance to the Pacific, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work said during a Tuesday address at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. Read More

Former Coast Guard Commandant: U.S. and Russia Working Together In Arctic

Former Coast Guard Commandant: U.S. and Russia Working Together In Arctic

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Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Robert Papp, in front of a map of Barrow, Alaska during a recent trip. US Coast Guard Photo

Former Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Robert Papp, in front of a map of Barrow, Alaska. US Coast Guard Photo

The former commandant of the Coast Guard said that while “we work with Russia now” on fisheries agreements and more, “we really need them for the [Arctic Council] to be effective” in ensuring safe economic development, mitigating climate change, and assisting those living in the region. Read More

Panel: Tackling ISIS Requires A Mix of Diplomacy and Military Action

Panel: Tackling ISIS Requires A Mix of Diplomacy and Military Action

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ISIS fighters in Iraq. Reuters Photo

ISIS fighters in Iraq. Reuters Photo

Shortly before the United States and some Sunni Arab nations attacked targets with aircraft and cruise missiles against targets of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) late Monday in Syria, a former National Security Council adviser to the Bush administration said that air strikes had value in taking on ISIS. Read More

The Implications of Expanding ISIS Airstrikes Into Syria

The Implications of Expanding ISIS Airstrikes Into Syria

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USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Sept. 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS Philippine Sea (CG-58) launches a Tomahawk cruise missile as seen from the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) on Sept. 23, 2014. US Navy Photo

The start of U.S. airstrikes in Syria early Tuesday morning local time marks a major expansion of the air campaign begun in northern Iraq to target the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL). Read More