Real Clear Defense

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“Expeditionary development is more than just development at war; it is development as an integral element of war.”

The Secretary decided to stick with an in-house solution, that is to say, more of the same, for a war we are, in his words, “not winning”.

“Milley devoted the bulk of his speech to the global security issues that he and the rest of the U.S. military leadership spend the most time fretting about.”

“The country’s distinct and decentralized clan culture exacerbates nation-building efforts and calls into question the utility and practicality of a centralized national government....

“The exploitation of ungoverned sanctuaries outside of Afghanistan by terrorists and Afghan insurgents is the single greatest external factor that could cause failure of the coalition...

"In light of trends exposed by our recent elections, this renegotiation of America’s civil-military relationship is already underway."