If the inaugural QDDR doesn't clearly focus the State Department's mission, it could create civilian capabilities focused on the military's mission--a serious step backward for national security.
The challenges and potential failures in Afghanistan and Pakistan could very well torpedo the comprehensive, cross-agency review of U.S. foreign assistance and development aid that's happening in Washington right now.
The State Department is about to conduct its first comprehensive review of U.S. foreign policy strategy and budget priorities--a transformational endeavor if State keeps in mind the following suggestions.
It may seem as though President Obama is restraining defense spending, but he continues to let the Pentagon do his strategic security planning for him.
Although it's still early, there are promising signs that the Obama administration is substantively changing the way the United States formulates and funds its national security policy.
Barack Obama has vowed to stop out-of-control supplemental budget requests from the State and Defense departments. Here's how to evaluate whether he's keeping that promise.
Despite what some experts say, allowing Pentagon spending to continue to grow at record levels won't solve Washington's current economic woes.
There's much to fix in terms of how Washington crafts its foreign and national security policy. Here's how to grade the Obama administration's progress.
Reforming U.S. development and foreign assistance institutions is essential to stave off the militarization of foreign policy and to remake overall U.S. security strategy.
Despite pressure from the Pentagon, either Barack Obama or John McCain must restrain military spending in order to return coherence and discipline to the defense planning process.
It's incumbent upon either Barack Obama or John McCain to revamp how the White House offices formulate U.S. national security policy. Here's how they should do it.
Five significant challenges to national security will greet the new U.S. president in January--and each demands equal attention and a fresh approach.
A new cabinet department dedicated exclusively to development will not cure what ails Washington’s foreign aid programs.
The Pentagon continues to ask for endless defense funding with little regard for the damage inflated budgets will do down the road.
The Bush administration finally recognizes that the United States cannot keep creating new assistance programs around the globe while cutting the staff we need to run them.
Some defense analysts think Washington needs to continue spending money on the military at record levels. But it's an assertion unsupported by any strategy or need.
Four recent reports outline ways in which Washington can fix the dysfunctional, underfunded civilian agencies that define and implement U.S. foreign policy and assistance activities.
A historically large defense budget reflects more of the same: U.S. reliance on the military to solve all of Washington's security woes.