The U.S. and Pakistan Have Found Detente, but It Won’t Last
Joshua Foust/ The Atlantic
The transactional U.S.-Pakistan alliance means that, once the Afghan War ends, so will their incentive to get along.
Robert Zoellick:”Getting Stuff Done” at the World Bank and Beyond
Mark Vlasic / Huffington Post
Last Friday was Robert B. Zoellick’s last day as president of the World Bank Group. And while he may leave many legacies behind, perhaps the one that he will be most remembered for is embodied in the title his commencement address at the RAND Graduate School: “Getting Stuff Done.”
Congo warlord jailed for 14 years in landmark case
In a landmark case for the International Criminal Court, Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga Dyilo was sentenced to 14 years of prison following his conviction of abducting children under the age of 15 and forcing them to fight as child soldiers in the nation’s 2002-2003 war.
Farnborough: U.K., France Cancel Plans for UAV Announcement
Britain and France have delayed an announcement regarding the two nations’ alliance to develop UAVs while the new French government evaluates its defense budget.
NNSA Announces Elimination of 450 Metric Tons of Russian Weapons Highly Enriched Uranium
NNSA Press Release
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced that it has monitored the elimination of more than 450 metric tons (MT) of Russian highly enriched uranium (HEU) under a landmark nuclear nonproliferation program.
Pentagon Wants More Accountability for R&D Funds Paid to Contractors
Sandra Erwin/ National Defense Magazine
The Defense Department reimburses contractors $4 billion a year for research-and-development projects, and yet has little insight into how companies spend those funds.
Egypt’s Islamist parliament reconvenes, defying army
Edmund Blair and Yasmine Saleh/ Reuters
Egypt’s Islamist-led parliament reconvened on Tuesday after being summoned by new President Mohamed Mursi in an open challenge to the generals who dissolved it last month.
On Our Flashpoint Blog
Why We Shouldn’t Feel Secure From an Oil Boom
It has become fashionable lately to talk about the world being awash in oil. But, there are reasons to think projections are both overblown and dangerous.
Time to stop the stranglehold of oil on our national security
Lt. Gen Don Kerrick USA (Ret.)
The U.S. economy is dependent on oil based fuels for virtually all of its transportation needs. As a finite resource in high global demand, our access to oil and the requirement to keep its price low is critical for the U.S. economy.
What Climate Change Feels Like: US Heat Waves, Wild Fires and Violent Storms
The US has been ravaged by the effects of climate change in the past six months, including a violent derecho in the mid-Atlantic, wildfires in Southwest and a heatwave that brough record highs to the eastern half of the US.
How U.S. Leadership Can Succeed Against Terror in Sub-Saharan Africa
As violent extremism proliferates across the African continent, the success of US counterterrorism efforts in the Sub-Saharan region could hinge on the US leveraging positive opinions and encouraging the engagement of disenfranchised populations in local and national political processes.
The Nuke Review: July 2 – July 8
Kim Jong-il ordered the mass production of nuclear bombs. Citing an internal document from North Korea, Japanese news reports that the late leader Kim Jong-il instructed DPRK officials “to mass-produce nuclear bombs” by using highly enriched uranium.
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