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The Worst Moment for The Worst Secretary of State

Former ambassador Eric S. Edelman concurs. “The press appearance was the most humiliating, degrading performance by a secretary of state that I have seen in my lifetime. He was clearly ordered by the White House to go out and lavish slavish praise on the president.” He points out that “Trump’s comment that Tillerson has refuted the story and NBC owes an apology is evidence” that Tillerson was ordered by the White House to go out there. Edelman adds, “His statement was actually the quintessence of the non-denial denial.”

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Another Continuing Resolution Makes for More Pentagon Angst

“The mismatch of supply vs. demand in the Seventh Fleet and the fleet at large” is one issue the Navy should be looking at, Bryan Clark, a retired naval officer and now senior fellow at Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said in an e-mail to Seapower. “Keeping 100 ships deployed overseas for the last 20 years as the fleet shrank by more than 20 percent is stressing ships and crews. Seventh Fleet may be the ‘canary in the coalmine’ because of its location and higher [operations tempo].”

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Trump prepares to wound Iran deal — and then save it

Critics of the deal are taking a wait-and-see approach to the new strategy. "Just going after the IRGC, while certainly having a lot of virtues, it’s not a complete strategy. 

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Pentagon Should Address new Russian and Chinese Strategies

A new report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments urges the Pentagon to shift its force planning to account for new war-fighting strategies adopted by China and Russia.

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Debating Counter-Factuals: Was the Rise of ISIS Inevitable?

Brands and Feaver contended that different American policy choices could have thwarted the rise of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. They reached this conclusion after considering a range of counter-factual scenarios, including alternatives to US disengagement from Iraq in 2010–11, robust early intervention in the Syrian civil war, and action against ISIS before its assault on western Iraq. They argued, however, that the Iraq invasion did not make the rise of ISIS inevitable; quite the contrary, they showed that different, but plausible decisions by the Obama administration could have profoundly reduced the ISIS threat before it emerged.

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TANK WARFARE: Russia Builds Platform to Rival the Abrams

A robust APS that is baked in from the start is likely to be a key component of the T-14 Armata, said David Johnson, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.