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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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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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Resetting the Reset

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow March 3, 2014 @ 8:39am


Give Vladimir Putin his due: the Russian strongman has an almost-animal instinct for sensing weakness and a preternatural sense of timing. He is putting both on display as he consolidates Russia’s historic hold on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, sets in motion Ukraine’s partition and presents the West with a choice between trying to reverse a fait accompli or acquiescing to a naked act of aggression.


Putin is to blame …

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Building a Second-Rate Power

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow February 4, 2014 @ 9:11am


“If we are going to reduce the resources and the size of the U.S. military,” Robert Gates warned before he left the Pentagon, no doubt aware of what was coming, “people need to make conscious choices about what the implications are for the security of the country.” In a similar vein, Leon Panetta worried that sequestration “would turn America from a first-rate power into a second-rate power.” And Chuck Hagel warns that sequestration will have “far-reaching consequences, including limiting combat power, r…

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A Problem of Immense Proportions

By Alan W. Dowd, ASCF Senior Fellow January 8, 2014 @ 12:59pm


Let’s play a game of guess-who. Name the country where at least 70,000 people have been killed in the past seven years, in a brutal conflict pitting a weak central government against a powerful network of warlords. The victims are beheaded, tortured and worse. Civil authorities regularly quit or join up with the warlords. And entire towns have been depopulated as …

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