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The Gates files (VIIth, and last): Why the Pentagon didn't care about fighting wars

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on January 28, 2014.

Because, under reforms of the 1950s and then Goldwater-Nichols, winning wars is not its job.

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The wrong stuff: The F-35 vs. what U.S. airpower really needs in the future

By Kelley Sayler

Best Defense guest columnist

The fact that the F-35 Lightning II isn't making an appearance at the Farnborough International Airshow is the latest in a never-ending string of disappointments that have marked the plane's controversial history.  From past challenges with tail hooks and tires to engine cracks and engine fires, life has never been easy for the F-35, which has even had to confront an embarrassing vulnerability to its namesake weather phenomenon.   

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The Future of War (II): As the nature of war changes, the familiar dividing lines of our world are blurring across the board

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on January 15, 2014.

By the Future of War team, New America Foundation Best Defense office of the future

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The Gates files (I): Forget Rumsfeld's rules, this sec def had his own way to roll

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on January 13, 2014.

It struck me when reading the memoirs of Robert Gates that he effectively lists a bunch of rules for living and working in Washington that are pretty good, and perhaps more astute than the famous collection of rules compiled by Donald Rumsfeld, a less successful defense secretary. Here is my selection of his instructions, all of them offered in his hot new book:

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Teaching at an Army school, we're not surprised by Sen. Walsh's plagiarism

Dr. Nicholas Murray

And Dr. Gregory S. Hospodor

A recent report in the New York Times that Senator John Walsh plagiarized his master's thesis whilst he was a student within the Professional Military Education (PME) system has shocked the establishment. However, unfortunately, it did not surprise us. Furthermore, that someone was caught came as no surprise to many of our colleagues at CGSC. This begs the question of why.

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