Rebuilding Missile Defense

Rebuilding Missile Defense

By Alan Dowd – ASCF Senior Fellow November 2016 – North Korea has detonated two nuclear devices and conducted at least 22 missile tests this year. In 2015 and again this year, Iran tested missiles designed to deliver nuclear weapons—in clear violation of UN Security Council resolutions. There are now 31 countries that deploy ballistic missiles, up from just nine …

A Nation at War

A Nation at War

By Alan Dowd – ASCF Senior Fellow October 2016 – President Barack Obama often emphasized that he “was elected to end wars, not start them.” Yet with U.S. forces now hitting ISIS positions in Libya, Obama has opened a new front in the widening war against ISIS and other jihadist groups. The airstrikes in Libya underscore that almost eight years …

A Credibility Crisis

A Credibility Crisis

By Alan Dowd – ASCF Senior Fellow September 2016 – If the Bush presidency reminded the American people of the costs of engagement, the Obama presidency has reminded them of the costs of disengagement—costs that are just as significant and perhaps more lasting in the damage done. Iraq Whether Saddam Hussein’s Iraq was a front in the war on terror …

An Assault on U.S. Interests and Ideals

An Assault on U.S. Interests and Ideals

By Alan Dowd – ASCF Senior Fellow March 2016 – Asked in February why the Obama administration refuses to call the Islamic State’s targeted campaign against Christians “genocide,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest cited “legal ramifications” and blandly assured us “there are lawyers that are considering whether or not that term can be properly applied.” These empty words are …

Turning Point for NATO

Turning Point for NATO

By Alan Dowd – ASCF Senior Fellow August 2016 – During the Cold War, the U.S. accounted for 50 percent of NATO military spending; today, the U.S. accounts for more than 75 percent. If we remove U.S. defense spending from the picture, NATO members spend, on average, just 1.3 percent of GDP on their armed forces. In fact, at last …

Preparing for the End of the Kim Dynasty

Preparing for the End of the Kim Dynasty

By Alan Dowd – ASCF Senior Fellow July 2016 – “There will be instability in North Korea that, I believe, will lead to the collapse of North Korea much sooner than many of us think,” predicts Gen. Walter Sharp, former commander of U.S. Forces-Korea. Pointing to Kim Jong Un’s tenuous hold on power, Asia expert Minxin Pei adds, “No modern …

Still Serving

The Tide of War Returns

By Alan Dowd – ASCF Senior Fellow June 2016 – Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently admitted that ISIS operatives mounting “a raid like they did in Paris or Brussels” here in the U.S. is “something we worry about a lot.” To some, this seems like an impossibility. They reassure themselves that the oceans and friendly allies buffer us …

A ‘D’ for Democracy

A ‘D’ for Democracy

By Alan Dowd – ASCF Senior Fellow May 2016 – Freedom House monitors the state of political freedom around the world. Its two most recent reports reveal “a growing disdain for democratic standards,” “a disturbing decline in global freedom” and an ebbing of the global democratic tide that had been surging from 1984 through 2004. Freedom House has found that …

The Narrowing Technology Gap

The Narrowing Technology Gap

By Alan Dowd – ASCF Senior Fellow April 2016 – The signs and the warnings are everywhere. From policymakers: “Our technological superiority is slipping,” warns Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work. Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall says that in terms of “technological superiority, the Department of Defense is being challenged in ways that I have not seen for decades.” From …

Reagan on Rushmore?

Reagan on Rushmore?

By Alan Dowd – ASCF Senior Fellow February 2016 – It has been 105 years since Ronald Reagan was born, 36 years since he was elected president, 27 years since he left office and nearly 12 years since he passed away. Yet his political impact is so deep that Republicans still use him as the measuring rod for every person …