Defense Spending

Congress Prepares a Wish List for US Defense Spending

Senator John McCain, cc Flickr Gage Skidmore, modified,

President Donald Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress have found common cause in increasing US defense spending. Here’s where some of the money could go.

Japan Slips into the Asian Arms Race

Japanese fighter jet

In a move that could have far-reaching consequences in the Asia Pacific region, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has followed through on one of his campaign promises and increased defense spending after nearly a decade of budget reductions.

The Economic and Military Implications of Japan’s Elections

Japanese Prime Minister

The Liberal Democratic Party’s Shinzo Abe emerged as the big winner in last week’s elections in Japan. But any forecast of the next four years of LDP rule must begin with the question: where exactly does the rhetoric end and the real policy begin?

DARPA: A Glimpse of All Tomorrow’s Weapons

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

This backgrounder lists some of the more promising R&D DARPA projects that are leading the charge in the development of new war-fighting technologies.

A Canadian Petroleum Reserve: Security or Savings?

Canadian petroleum

Weighing in on the creation of a Canadian strategic petroleum reserve, asking the critical question: Is this an issue of national defense?

Arms Race in the Georgia ‘Pipeline’

Location of Georgia Pipeline

In recent years the United States and a handful of its western allies have fostered closer military and political ties to Georgia, going as far as promoting Georgia’s membership in NATO.

Syria: A Trap of Moscow’s Own Making

President on relations with Syrian government

Although Russia has been a longstanding patron of the Syrian government, Moscow may soon find that its support for the beleaguered regime is a trap of its own making.

OPINION: Getting US Foreign Policy Right

US foreign policy and reluctance towards intervention

Political sentiment in the United States seems to be turning against the interventions and nation-building projects that have characterized US foreign policy in recent years. The revulsion at the cost and size of government, including the cost of expensive wars in the Middle East, has been amply demonstrated during the debt ceiling drama of recent weeks.

BRIC Countries: More Style than Substance?

BRIC leaders

As BRIC countries prepare for a summit in China next week, trade skirmishes and disagreements within the bloc persist in casting doubt on its future relevance as a global entity.

Analysis: Canada and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Canadian Military Aircraft

The government of Canada recently announced a plan to purchase 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

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