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August 1, 2013

Middle East and North Africa
Degrading Bashar’s Air Power is Possible

Is there anything the United States can do to slow or stop the recent advances being made by Bashar al-Assad’s forces in Syria, who are getting valuable help from Iranian and Hezbollah troops? Unfor…

February 3, 2009

Defense and Security
China’s Military Power

China’s growing military capabilities pose a concern for U.S. security interests. Experts say the United States must push for greater engagement with China’s military to reduce the potential for misu…

July 7, 2011

United States
A Primer on Air Power

A F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jet takes part in a flying display during the 49th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris June 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes The military intervention…

A Primer on Air Power

March 24, 2015

United States
Charting a Future for U.S. Air Power

Deborah Lee James discusses the role of air power in the defense posture of the United States.

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April 12, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Continued Power of Militaries in an Increasingly Autocratic World

Three events this week served as a reminder that, in a world where democracy is buffeted on many fronts—the rise of populists who often undermine the rule of law, a growing disinterest in democracy p…

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April 1, 2019

News Release
Japan Is Reassessing Its Military Power as U.S.-Japan Alliance Is Tested, Writes Sheila Smith in New Book

April 1, 2019—“Tokyo’s approach to military power”—restraining its own use of force and relying on the United States for security—“is being tested,” writes Council on Foreign Relatio…

April 25, 2016

United States
Are Drones More Precise Than Manned Aircraft?

This blog post was coauthored with my research associate, Amelia M. Wolf. In our latest piece at ForeignPolicy.com, we evaluate the Obama administration’s long-standing claim that drone strikes are …

Reaper in Afghanistan _April 2016

November 15, 2018

United States
Presidents and War Powers

PDF Version. A review of Michael Beschloss, “Presidents of War” (Crown Books, 2018).  *** The U.S. Constitution vests the president with “executive power” and provides that “The President sh…

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May 21, 2003

China
Chinese Military Power

The rise of China has long been a growing concern among U.S. foreign policymakers. Of particular concern is the strength of Chinese military power and its relation to U.S. military capability. This i…

December 11, 2013

Military Operations
Guest Post: The Humans Behind Remotely Piloted Aircraft

Priscilla Kim is an intern in the Center for Preventive Action at the Council on Foreign Relations. The U.S. Air Force trains more remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) pilots than traditional fighter and…

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