Allies Struggle to Implement NATO’s Lisbon Summit Decisions

06/07/2011
By Dr. Richard Weitz 06/07/2011 - The attendees of the November 19-20, 2010 NATO Lisbon summits (among the NATO heads of state alone and their subsequent meeting with President Dmitry Medvedev within the framework of the NATO-Russia Council) faced two independent BMD decisions: (1) whether NATO would agree to integrate…

The Future of the People’s Republic of China (II)

06/07/2011
Have We Experienced the Dawn of the Chinese Century? By the Hon. Bill Anderson [caption id="attachment_19514" align="alignleft" width="231" caption="China as Epicenter of the Globe? (Credit: Bigstock)"][/caption] 06/07/2011 - As Second Line of Defense completes its first issues forum, I offer a final thought from a different perspective on Chinese influence…both…

Russian Arms Sellers Exude Optimism

06/05/2011
06/05/2011 by Richard Weitz Some of our most remarkable discussions during the May 25-27 session of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Moscow were with senior military and civilian officials in Russia’s defense community. These occurred under “Chatham House Rules,” which allows us to use the information without attributing it…

Preserving Israeli Air Superiority

06/04/2011
[caption id="attachment_19828" align="alignleft" width="236" caption="An F-22 Raptor and F-15 Eagle from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School's 433rd Weapons Squadron pull into a vertical climb over the Nevada Test and Training Range July 16, 2010. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Kevin J. Gruenwald)"][/caption] 06/04/2011 by Ed Timperlake To paraphrase a…

Renewed Fighting in Sudan

06/03/2011
06/03/2011: Second Line of Defense Backgrounder Sudan's northern-based government in Khartoum has forcefully seized control of the disputed Abyei region, risking renewed flare-up of the civil war just when the South Sudan is about to become an independent country on July 9. Northern President Omar al-Bashir had warned that his…

European Airpower At a Turning Point

06/03/2011
06/02/2011 By Robbin Laird When the UK government issued its amazingly “un-strategic” strategic defense review, the main casualties were air and naval power.  In probably the most rapid invalidation of a government strategy on record, the Libyan events underscored that everything the Cameron government wished to get rid of, it…