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The Dowd Report

Alan W. Dowd is a Senior Fellow with the American Security Council Foundation, where he writes on the full range of topics relating to national defense, foreign policy and international security. Dowd’s commentaries and essays have appeared in Policy Review, Parameters, Military Officer, The American Legion Magazine, The Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, The Claremont Review of Books, World Politics Review, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Jerusalem Post, The Financial Times Deutschland, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Examiner, The Detroit News, The Sacramento Bee, The Vancouver Sun, The National Post, The Landing Zone, Current, The World & I, The American Enterprise, Fraser Forum, American Outlook, The American and the online editions of Weekly Standard, National Review and American Interest. Beyond his work in opinion journalism, Dowd has served as an adjunct professor and university lecturer; congressional aide; and administrator, researcher and writer at leading think tanks, including the Hudson Institute, Sagamore Institute and Fraser Institute. An award-winning writer, Dowd has been interviewed by Fox News Channel, Cox News Service, The Washington Times, The National Post, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and numerous radio programs across North America. In addition, his work has been quoted by and/or reprinted in The GuardianCBS NewsBBC News and the Council on Foreign Relations. Dowd holds degrees from Butler University and Indiana University. Follow him at

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A Swing and a Miss at West Point

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow June 9, 2014 @ 9:28am


President Obama, as is proven after every major speech he delivers, is a Rorschach inkblot: Some see the silhouette of a leader worthy of placement on Mount Rushmore. To them, he can say or do no wrong. Those who are not so captivated by his words see a different image and hear a different message. Consider the president’s address to the graduating cadets at West Point.

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From this Beachhead to the Next

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow June 2, 2014 @ 10:07am


Gen. Marshall’s orders to Gen. Eisenhower were at once simple and yet staggering: “Cross the channel, enter the heartland of Germany and free the continent of Europe.”

To do so, Ike hurled 160,000 men, some 6,000 ships, 2,300 planes and 840 gliders at the beaches and cliffs of Normandy. He fully grasped the massive nature of the D-Day undertaking—and the risk. “Your task will not be an easy one,” the general of generals said to his men. &ldquo…

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A Slow-Motion Pivot

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow May 7, 2014 @ 7:30am


The Obama administration’s long-promised “Pacific pivot” can’t come soon enough for the Philippines. After trying to fend off Beijing’s bullying, encroachment and, at times, outright aggression in the South China Sea, Manila is taking its behemoth neighbor to court. Specifically, Manila is appealing to the UN to settle a decades-old sea-border dispute and keep China out of Philippine waters. That’s a lot to ask of the often-feckless UN, but with the United States f…

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New Shades of Army Green

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow April 1, 2014 @ 10:26am


Earth Day comes each April, and the U.S. Air Force is celebrating Earth Day 2014 under the banner, “Conserve Today—Secure Tomorrow.” Focusing on “sustainability,”  “committed to reducing energy demands at its installations and increasing the availability of renewable energy sources.” says USAF.

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Reagan's North American Accord

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow March 12, 2014 @ 10:01am


This year marks the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) coming into force. It was Ronald Reagan, ever the visionary, who sketched the outlines of NAFTA in 1979. The idea of a free-trade zone stretching from the Aleutian Islands to the Yucatan Peninsula was so important to Reagan that he made it a central feature of the speech announcing his presidential candidacy. Noting how “We live on a continent wh…

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