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Defence and Security

Evaluating the Afghan War

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Evaluating the Afghan War. "Strange Victory: A critical appraisal of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Afghanistan war" One of the first in-depth retrospectives on the war in Afghanistan to analyze military activity and outcomes in the context of political objectives and consequences for national and regional stability. Includes appendices addressing: the war's impact on the humanitarian crisis; the missing political framework for American action; the source of power and the strategy of the Taliban; the limits of the Bonn agreement and the challenges facing the interim government. By Carl Conetta.

 

By Project on Defense Alternatives, US.

Defense Policy Resource.


German Defense Planning

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German Defense Planning. Lutz Unterseher reviews recent German defense planning, paying attention to the difficulty of reconciling personnel and force modernization goals within the budget constraints imposed by the process of currency integration in the European Union. He also assesses the effect of the Bundeswehr's new emphasis on power projection on German defense budgeting and planning. Also see the update "German Defense Spending: Insufficient Adjustment."

 

By Project on Defense Alternatives, US.

Defense Policy Resource.


Asymmetric Warfare and RMA

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Asymmetric Warfare and RMA . The concepts of asymmetric warfare and a Revolution in Military Affairs have come to dominate the post-Cold War military debate in the US. RMA is the idea that new technologies, information wars, the appearance of advanced precision strike weapons, and computer simulation will transform combat. Asymmetric warfare between forces with very different strengths and weaknesses has recently come into sharp focus - the current war is being waged with cruise missiles in Kabul and biological weapons in New Jersey. For an extremely large array of articles and material visit the RMA resource provided by the Project on Defense Alternatives.

Project on Defense Alternatives, US.

Defense Policy Resource.


Columbia and Regional Security

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Columbia and Regional Security. Newly elected Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has declared a state of emergency, keeping an election pledge to beef up Colombia's war effort. Angel Rabasa and Peter Chalk argue that the threat of political and military deterioration in Colombia could soon confront the U.S. with a serious security crisis. "Colombian Labyrinth: The Synergy of Drugs and Insurgency and Its Implications for Regional Stability" explores whether the Columbian crisis could spill over into Panama, Ecuador, Venezuela and Brazil..

 

By RAND, US, Columbia.

Defense Policy Resource.