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Pentagon Policy Chief Christine Wormuth Outlines Ongoing U.S. Security Challenges

Pentagon Policy Chief Christine Wormuth Outlines Ongoing U.S. Security Challenges

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy on July 13, 2015 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. CSIS Screengrab

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christine Wormuth on July 13, 2015 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. CSIS Screengrab

While the American public’s attention—when it focuses on Afghanistan—is centered on the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the uptick of terrorist attacks in Kabul and Khost, the Pentagon’s top policy chief says the Taliban are “definitely taking more hits than they did in 2014.” Read More

Panel: U.S. Should Think Beyond North Korea to Forge Ties Between Japan and South Korea

Panel: U.S. Should Think Beyond North Korea to Forge Ties Between Japan and South Korea

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a trilateral summit in March 2015. Japan Prime Minister's Office Photo

South Korean President Park Geun-hye, U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a trilateral summit in March 2015. Japan Prime Minister’s Office Photo

Lingering antagonism between Japan and Korea are part of a host of reasons relations between the two key U.S. allies in Asia have yet to improve, according to a Tuesday panel at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. Read More

Panel: ISIS ‘Stronger, Tougher and Smarter’ Than Expected

Panel: ISIS ‘Stronger, Tougher and Smarter’ Than Expected

Undated photo of ISIS fighters.

Undated photo of ISIS fighters.

Since the fall of Mosul—Iraq’s second largest city—a year ago, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) has proven to be a “stronger, tougher and smarter” adversary than the United States expected, displaying the ability to recover quickly even after suffering the deaths of key leaders and sustaining heavy casualties. Read More

Expert: India Watching U.S. Pacific Rebalance Closely

Expert: India Watching U.S. Pacific Rebalance Closely

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is welcomed with an honor cordon to India's Ministry of Defense in New Delhi, india on June 3, 2015. DoD Photo

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is welcomed with an honor cordon to India’s Ministry of Defense in New Delhi, india on June 3, 2015. DoD Photo

Smaller nations are the ones mostly questioning the seriousness of the United States in re-balancing its commitment to the Indo-Pacific region when it is distracted by continuing crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, one of India’s leading foreign policy experts said Tuesday. Read More

Panel: Shifts in Saudi Leadership Raise Questions of Stability

Panel: Shifts in Saudi Leadership Raise Questions of Stability

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died in early 2015. US State Department Photo

US Secretary of State John Kerry meets with the late King of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who died in early 2015. US State Department Photo

The late April shuffling of the line of succession to the Saudi Arabian throne, plus a major shift in ministers of defense and foreign affairs, raised a number of questions about stability in the kingdom, continuing sectarian warfare in the Middle East, a new arms race in the region and future energy prices. Read More

Thornberry Announces Acquisition Reform Legislation

Thornberry Announces Acquisition Reform Legislation

House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas)

House Armed Services Committee chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas)

House Armed Services Committee (HASC) chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) will file a bill on Wednesday with a slew of proposals meant to smooth out the acquisition process – from helping put the right personnel in place, to simplifying the chain of decision-making, to thinning out regulations and reporting requirements. Read More

CSIS Panel: U.S. Needs to Clarify Pacific Priorities

CSIS Panel: U.S. Needs to Clarify Pacific Priorities

USS George Washington (CVN-73) with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongou-class guided-missile destroyer JS Kirishima (DDG-174) on Nov. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

USS George Washington (CVN-73) with the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Kongou-class guided-missile destroyer JS Kirishima (DDG-174) on Nov. 18, 2014. US Navy Photo

One of the first questions facing the new Congress and the administration when they look at security issues in Asia this year is deciding whether to invest in new capabilities, to counter new threats including cyber or continue to invest in platforms — like aircraft carriers — to demonstrate the United States continued commitment to the region, a senior policy analyst said Monday. Read More