Janine Davidson

Defense in Depth

Janine Davidson examines the art, politics, and business of American military power.

An Extraordinary Gathering: Debriefing the 2015 Annual Conference of the Association of the U.S. Army

by Michael Fenzel Friday, October 23, 2015
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter delivers remarks at The Association of the United States Army (AUSA) 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington October 14, 2015. (Carlos Barria/Courtesy Reuters)

 By Michael Fenzel

“Guns and tanks and planes are nothing unless there is a solid spirit, a solid heart, and great productiveness behind it.”

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With Naval Strikes into Syria, Russia Is Now Messaging with Missiles

by Sean R. Liedman Thursday, October 8, 2015
On October 7, Russian warships launched twenty-eight cruise missiles into Syria from the landlocked Caspian Sea. (Russian Ministry of Defense/YouTube)

By Sean Liedman

The Russian Navy’s initial firing of twenty-six cruise missiles from ships in the Caspian Sea into Syria yesterday generated little effect on the Syrian battlefield—but that may not be the primary objective. Russian President Vladimir Putin capitalized on this opportunity to showcase this new sea-based, long range precision strike capability as a strategic messaging tool aimed at a variety of audiences: Read more »

Six Questions That Should Now Guide U.S. Defense Planning in Syria and Iraq

by Emerson Brooking Monday, October 5, 2015
Russian Sukhoi Su-25 Frogfoot ground-attack planes perform during the Aviadarts military aviation competition at the Dubrovichi range near Ryazan, Russia, August 2, 2015. (Maxim Shemetov/Courtesy Reuters)

By Emerson Brooking

Into one of the most complex conflicts in modern history, Russia has leapt seemingly overnight. Russian President Vladimir Putin has waded in like the Donald Trump of geopolitics: brash, disruptive, and unbowed by international criticism. This combination, fresh fuel for the Syrian tinderbox, will drastically raise the risk of military miscalculation.

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