The North Atlantic Treat Organization, with its varied history in helping meet the West's strategic needs, is not something to be dismissed summarily. However, in order for it to maintain relevance, Washington, Berlin, Paris, and London must take the lead in reversing the alliance's decline in military capabilities.
The president's weakness on national security need not be the final word on defense. It is the duty of Congress to provide for the common defense, and it is the duty of the opposition to make arguments that might correct the course of failing policies, which is exactly what the GOP needs to do now.
In this conference, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, mental health and disability experts, and an economist will discuss current hurdles to rehabilitation, and suggest alternatives that could more effectively expedite the reintegration of veterans into their families, communities, and workplaces.
There are heated debates here and abroad about what exact policies should be put in place in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to violate Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity by sending Russian troops to Crimea.
The budget announcements this week from Defense Secretary Hagel seem to have awoken the media to the fact that the US military is not what it used to be, a reality that unsettles both those who believe the US should maintain a perponderance of military power and those who rely on the US to keep a vaiety of dangers at bay.
The New York Times reported that the NSA and its overseas partners have monitored American lawyers. But this is not based on what is actually provided by the leaks themselves, which show just how circumpsect NSA and its allied SIGINT partners appear to be.