The new National Defense Strategy calls for working closely with partners and allies, but the convoluted and slow disclosure process makes cooperation difficult.
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Department of Defense Releases Report on Civilian Casualties Connected to U.S. Military Operations in 2020
The department found that there were approximately 23 civilians killed and approximately 10 civilians injured during 2020 as a result of U.S. military operations.
When does customary international law permit an adversary to attack the U.S. in a neutral defense partner's territory?
Editor's Note: Helping other countries' militaries and intelligence services is a vital part of whatever we're calling the war on terrorism these days. These programs, however, are often seen as one of two extremes: a panacea or an afterthought. Steve Watts of RAND calls for treating these programs with the analytic seriousness they deserve. He notes the range of potential problems and recommends using risk assessments to think about security sector assistance in a more sophisticated way.
Editor's Note: The United States has long depended on a worldwide network of military bases to project power, reassure allies, contain enemies, and fight terrorism. Indeed, as the Islamic State has metastasized, the Pentagon is considering expanding the U.S. basing network in the developing world, particularly in Africa. Renanah Miles and Brian Blankenship of Columbia University describe how China and other countries are joining this quest for bases. They argue the resulting competition is creating a market, and a dysfunctional one, for access.