Janine Davidson

Defense in Depth

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

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Greatest Hits: Untangling the Circular Logic of America’s Torture Apologists

by Janine Davidson
U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney (L) listens as President George W. Bush makes remarks about the U.S. defense budget after meeting with military leaders at the Pentagon in Washington, November 29, 2007. (Larry Downing/Courtesy Reuters)

Defense in Depth will be on “summer slowdown” mode until July 22. In lieu of the Weekend Reader, I’ll be posting some of our best stories and analysis from the past year. Today: my response to Vice President Dick Cheney’s defense of enhanced interrogation techniques, originally published December 16, 2014.

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Greatest Hits: Before Calling for More U.S. Troops, Let’s Figure Out What Their Mission Is

by Robert A. Newson
U.S. soldiers from D Troop of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walk on a hill after finishing with a training exercise near forward operating base Gamberi in the Laghman province of Afghanistan December 30, 2014. (Lucas Jackson/Courtesy Reuters)

By Robert Newson

Defense in Depth will be on “summer slowdown” mode until July 24. In lieu of the Weekend Reader, I’ll be posting some of our best stories and analysis from the past year. Today: Robert Newson assesses policy options in light of the deteriorating security environment in Yemen, originally published January 29, 2015.

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Greatest Hits: How Serious Is the Rebalance? U.S. Military Record Tells (Part of) the Story

by Janine Davidson and Lauren Dickey
The Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) participates in a simulated straits transit. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Christopher B. Janik/U.S. Navy/Flickr)

By Janine Davidson and Lauren Dickey

Defense in Depth will be on “summer slowdown” mode until July 22. In lieu of the Weekend Reader, I’ll be posting some of our best stories and analysis from the past year. Today: Lauren Dickey and I provide an overview of U.S. military elements of the Asia-Pacific rebalance, originally published April 16, 2015.

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Greatest Hits: The Warrior Ethos at Risk: H.R. McMaster’s Remarkable Veterans Day Speech

by Janine Davidson
Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, director of the Army Capabilities an Integration Center and deputy commanding general of futures for the U.S. Army Training Doctrine Command, speaks at Georgetown University's Veterans Day ceremony. (Georgetown University Office of Communications)

Defense in Depth will be on “summer slowdown” mode until July 20. In lieu of the Weekend Reader, I’ll be posting some of our best stories and analysis from the past year. Today: H.R. McMaster’s powerful Veterans Day speech, originally published November 18, 2014.

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Greatest Hits: How No-Fly Zones Work

by Clint Hinote
F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing in Tucson fly over an eastern Arizona training range April 8, 2015. (Master Sgt. Jeffrey Allen/U.S. Air Force Flickr)

Defense in Depth will be on “summer slowdown” mode until July 20. In lieu of the Weekend Reader, I’ll be posting some of our best stories and analysis from the past year. Today: Clint Hinote’s great explainer on how no-fly zones work, originally published May 5, 2015.

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Greatest Hits: Everything You Need to Understand the Military Compensation Debate

by Janine Davidson and Jesse Sloman
Snapshot of a graph depicting the growth of per-soldier costs over time. The cost of an active duty U.S. service member nearly doubled between 1998 and 2014. (Emerson Brooking/Defense in Depth, Council on Foreign Relations)

Defense in Depth will be on “summer slowdown” mode until July 20. In lieu of the Weekend Reader, I’ll be posting some of our best stories and analysis from the past year. Today: Jesse Sloman and I unpack the military healthcare and compensation debate, originally published January 28, 2015.

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Best of 2014: The ISIS Propaganda Machine Is Horrifying and Effective. How Does It Work?

by Emerson Brooking
This undated screen capture of an Islamic State propaganda video sees a masked jihadi standing before a computer generated map of IS territorial control. (Source: Counter Jihad Report)

Defense in Depth will be on hiatus until January 5, 2015. In lieu of new updates, I’ll be posting some of our best stories and analysis from the past year. Today: Emerson Brooking’s assessment of ISIS’ sophisticated online propaganda machine, originally published August 21, 2014.

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Best of 2014: Understanding What Air Strikes Can Do—and What They Can’t

by Clint Hinote
A U.S Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels an F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft prior to strike operations in Syria in this September 26, 2014 photo released on September 29, 2014. These aircraft were part of a strike package that was engaging ISIL targets in Syria. (Russ Scalf/Courtesy Reuters)

Defense in Depth will be on hiatus until January 5, 2015. In lieu of new updates, I’ll be posting some of our best stories and analysis from the past year. Today: Colonel Clint Hinote’s discussion of the utility of air strikes with regard to the campaign against ISIS, originally published September 30, 2014.

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Best of 2014: If the Air Force Has Such a Good Argument for Divesting the A-10, Why Is No One Buying It?

by Janine Davidson
a10 divestment U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft are serviced on the flight line at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina in this handout photograph taken on December 2, 2005. A U.S. Congressional panel has rejected the military's proposal to retire the entire fleet of A-10 close-air support planes, as the annual defense policy bill continues to make its way through the House of Representatives. The White House said retiring the planes would save $4.2 billion through 2019. (Tech. Sgt. James Arrowood/Courtesy Reuters)

Defense in Depth will be on hiatus until January 5, 2015. In lieu of new updates, I’ll be posting some of our best stories and analysis from the past year. Today: my evaluation of arguments made by the Air Force to divest from the A-10 Warthog, originally published May 20, 2014. Congress was ultimately unswayed, voting to keep virtually all of the fleet intact in the final FY2015 defense budget.

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Best of 2014: What Hawks and Doves Both Miss on the Military Rebalance to Asia

by Janine Davidson
aircraft carrier philippines A Philippine Navy patrol boat drives past the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier George Washington (L) docked after its arrival at a Manila bay October 24, 2012. (Romeo Ranoco/Courtesy Reuters)

Defense in Depth will be on hiatus until January 5, 2015. In lieu of new updates, I’ll be posting some of our best stories and analysis from the past year. Today: my discussion of real progress made on military elements of the U.S. rebalance to Asia, originally published April 25, 2014.

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