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Why did the Pentagon ever give Trump the option of killing Soleimani?
Sending the U.S. military to use force is among the most consequential decisions presidents can make. Matters may get out of control even with the most careful and deliberate ...
By Alice Hunt Friend, Mara Karlin & Loren DeJonge Schulman
Two Cheers for Esper’s Plan to Reassert Civilian Control of the Pentagon
The longest-ever gap in civilian leadership atop the Department of Defense came to an end on July 23, when Mark Esper was sworn in as secretary of defense. His presence in the...
By Loren DeJonge Schulman, Alice Hunt Friend & Mara Karlin
Ending the Iran Deal is An Invitation to War
In several days, President Donald Trump will almost certainly refuse to certify that Iran is complying with its obligations under the nuclear deal. While this doesn’t amount t...
By Ilan Goldenberg & Mara Karlin
Keeping Up Civ-Mil Relations
James Mattis was sworn in as secretary of defense in what is arguably one of the more fraught periods in civil-military relations in decades. While civilian control in the Uni...
By Loren DeJonge Schulman & Mara Karlin
For an Audience of One: Re-Booting Agenda SecDef
Since Jim Mattis accepted the role of secretary of defense, his proverbial rucksack has been loaded up with expectations: convincing President Trump that torture is not effect...
By Loren DeJonge Schulman, Shawn Brimley & Mara Karlin