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Giving Thanks While Safeguarding Our Country’s Most Important National Security Assets


What are our country’s most important national security assets? While new weapons and hardware (drones, the latest fighter jet or technological wonder) receive a significant amount of attention, the men and women operating the tools of warfare and diplomacy unquestionably remain the nation’s greatest national security assets.…   continue »

Just Another Mattis Pep Talk?: How “Hold the Line” speaks to civilian and military audiences


A video clip of Defense Secretary James Mattis speaking with troops deployed in Jordan has been making the rounds on various social media outlets, with varied and strong reactions. Upon seeing the clip, I noted on Twitter, “Mattis is reflecting a line I have from many (mil esp but also civ): society is gone to hell and mil is only + last bastion of virtue.” A lively discussion ensued between current and former military personnel, academics and national security professionals about what he said.…   continue »

5 Best and 5 Worst Moments from the Week’s Confirmation Hearings on US National Security Issues


The week of confirmation hearings is over, and it’s time to take stock of what we have learned from the people the President-elect has nominated to lead his administration in areas of national security. On many of Mr. Trump’s most troubling campaign promises (especially in the national security sphere), the nominees disagreed with their new boss.  continue »

Questions for Confirmation Hearings for Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense

Retired Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to be defense secretary, will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), Trump’s pick to lead the CIA, was set to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but his hearing was moved to Thursday.  continue »

Defense Department Releases Second Round of Revisions for Law of War Manual

The Defense Department published new revisions to its Law of War Manual this evening. This is the second time the document has been changed since it was first released in the summer of 2015. The first round of revisions focused on the section on journalism and changed some of the language to provide greater legal protection to reporters working in war zones.  continue »

Disappointing DOD Inspector General Report on Pre-Publication Review

Editor’s note: This post also appears on Lawfare.

Earlier this year, we wrote about the US Government’s broken pre-publication review process (see here, here, here, here, and here). Last week, the Defense Department’s Inspector General released a report titled Review of the Policies for Prepublication Review of DoD Classified or Sensitive Information to Ensure no DoD Sensitive or Classified Information is Released to the Media.…   continue »