Paratroopers Jump in Normandy

06/17/2012
06/17/2012: Paratroopers from five different nations performed airborne operations commemorating the 68th year anniversary of D-Day. The Paratroopers were from the US, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and France and with a bit of historical hyperbole thrown in from Germany as well. Credit:U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command…

Afghan-Pakistan Border Incidents: The Underlying Problem

11/29/2011
11/27/2011 By Richard Weitz Pakistan and the United States have experienced their most serious incident along the Afghan-Pak border. According to Pakistani sources, confirmed by NATO, U.S. helicopters acting as part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan attacked a military checkpoint in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, killing…

An Update from Turkey

10/12/2011
10/12/11 by Richard Weitz Second Line of Defense was invited to send a representative on a study trip to Turkey for U.S. foreign policy specialists. The trip, which is occuring from October 7-14, included visits to Ankara, Hatay, and Istanbul and meetings with a range of government officials, academic and…

Shaping a Pacific Strategy: Honeycombing the Pacific

09/27/2011
09/27/2011 As the United States eventually gets around to looking at the world, a new strategy as well as a new approach to using the tools available to the national command authority will be necessary.  Currently, the US is in strategic free fall.  The Iraq engagement is ending, the Afghan…