16 Feb '17, 6pm

Rebuilding defenses: America and the NATO alliance

Avoid quagmires; when you find yourself in one, get out. There is no articulated end game in Afghanistan that makes continuing use of American forces there sensible. More troops might prop up the Kabul government for a while, but to what end? Iraq, now dominated by Shia interests linked to Iran, is not a strategic success. There are those who want the U.S. to do more in Yemen, and to arm and train the Ukrainians. To what end? Upgrade existing systems. The first American priority should be ensuring the equipment we presently have is fully functional and has the latest technology inserted wherever possible. There is a wide range of land equipment that needs to be upgraded — air and missile defenses first. The Air Force should wait before committing to large numbers of the F-35, and the Navy’s $4.5 billion/copy Zumwalt destroyer is not affordable. Insist on a “Cost of Mission...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/articles/rebuilding-defenses-a...

Tweets

#DefMin

nato.int 16 Feb '17, 8pm

On Wednesday, Ministers discussed NATO’s role in the fight against terrorism and agreed to create a new regional Hub for t...

NATO seeks to boost Black Sea presence and cybe...

stripes.com 16 Feb '17, 12pm

BRUSSELS — NATO agreed on Thursday to bolster its presence in the Black Sea in the latest expansion of alliance forces acr...

Mattis: Trump has thrown 'full support' behind ...

defensenews.com 17 Feb '17, 3pm

WASHINGTON — Despite concerns from European partners about America’s commitment to NATO, U.S. President Donald Trump has t...

@natopapress

nato.int 17 Feb '17, 1pm

On Monday, 20 February 2017, the Members of the Standing Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly will visit NATO Head...

.@DeptofDefense #SecDef Mattis: U.S. remains committed to #NATO as alliance transforms

.@DeptofDefense #SecDef Mattis: U.S. remains co...

defense.gov 14 Feb '17, 9pm

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2017 — The United States remains committed to NATO, history’s most successful military alliance, as i...

#NATO and #Finland step up #cyber #defence coop...

nato.int 16 Feb '17, 2pm

In the face of a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape, strong partnerships play a key role in effectively addressing cy...

#Obama Appointees Preventing Mattis From Rebuilding The #Military, Says Armed Services Chair

#Obama Appointees Preventing Mattis From Rebuil...

dailycaller.com 16 Feb '17, 11pm

Holdovers from the Obama administration in the Pentagon are hampering efforts to fix the military’s major readiness proble...

Watch LIVE at 15:30 CET: #NATO SG @jensstoltenb...

nato.int 20 Feb '17, 10am

NATO Secretary General, Mr. Jens Stoltenberg, will host the Vice President of the United States of America, the Honorable ...

In Munich, Pence stern on defense spending but supportive of alliance

In Munich, Pence stern on defense spending but ...

stripes.com 18 Feb '17, 12pm

MUNICH — Vice President Mike Pence delivered a tough-love message to Europe on Saturday, saying the United States stands b...

The fall of Singapore: the lessons of alliance failure | Hugh White

The fall of Singapore: the lessons of alliance ...

aspistrategist.org.au 16 Feb '17, 3am

Print This Post With Images Without Images Most of us would agree that the Fall of Singapore in February 1942 remains the ...