Real Clear Defense

Real Clear Defense is part of the Real Clear Politics enterprise, a Chicago-based political news and polling data aggregator formed in 2000.

“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."

“The 25th anniversary of America’s victory in Operation Desert Storm passed without much fanfare on Sunday, February 28.”

“Evidence is now mounting that the DoD Task Force for Business and Stability Operations may have been the most catalytic agent for economic growth since the Marshall Plan.”