Roundtable Discussion: How To Respond to Islamic State Militants

Kurdish forces backed by US air power have halted Islamic State (IS) gains in Iraq. In response, the radical group has vowed revenge against the United States, and has beheaded an American reporter while also expanding its influence in Syria. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stated last week that IS was beyond any terrorist group ever seen,…

As Domestic Agenda Crumbles, Obama’s National Security Team Is Under Fire

ESSAY Second terms for U.S. presidents are tough. One’s domestic political capital quickly burns off after his Election Day mandate is forgotten by political friends and foes. So presidents often become “foreign-policy presidents” in their final years in the Oval Office. Things were heading in that familiar direction for Barack Obama. But there are signs…

Video of the Day: Rep. Duncan Hunter vs. Gen. Ray Odierno

Typically military posture hearings are a chance for lawmakers to grandstand and spout political soundbites that they promote to constituents in their home districts. Those at the witness table often stick to their script of talking points, rarely deviating from the party line, and often times don’t even get a chance to respond as a member’s time…

After Election, Panetta Told Obama He Wanted to Retire

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta expressed his desire to retire to President Barack Obama shortly after the November election. Per a DoD press release issued this afternoon: Soon after the election, I informed President Obama of my intention to retire from public service and return home to California.  Today, the president announced that he will…

Panetta Heads to Shangri-La

Defense News Pentagon Correspondent Marcus Weisgerber will be traveling with U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to the 11th Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore this week. In case you’re not familiar with the Asian defense minister’s summit, it is sponsored by the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a British think tank, and is attended by defense leaders from…