The Best Defense

The Best Defense

I think this is the fundamental problem in U.S. civil-military relations these days

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 21, 2014.

The other day I was speaking on an Army base to a bunch of bright officers. Talking and listening, I came away with this thought: The fundamental problem in 21st century American civil-military relations is that we need presidents willing to listen and learn from dissenting generals -- and generals who know how to dissent in strategic discussions, and are willing to do so.

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The Best Defense

One of the best military reading lists ever: Direct to you from the Australian army

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 11, 2014.

It's been awhile since I've seen a reading list this good, and so comprehensive. An education itself. One thing I especially like about it is that it doesn't just list books, it tells you why you might want to read each one.

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The Best Defense

The top 10 lies Pakistani officials tell

Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally ran on April 10, 2014.

From the tell-it-like-it-is Prof. Christine Fair. No. 1 is, "Our relationship should be strategic rather than transactional." Second is that it is us, not them, that has been an unreliable ally.

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