Janine Davidson

Defense in Depth

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

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In Revised USAID Policy, A New Model for Civil-Military Cooperation

by Janine Davidson and Zachary Austin
American soldiers carry relief supplies for families affected by Typhoon Durian from a cargo plane after its arrival at the Manila International airport December 7, 2006. (Romeo Ranoco/Courtesy Reuters)

By Janine Davidson and Zachary Austin

From stabilization operations in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to humanitarian activities across the globe, today’s military is routinely called on to perform missions removed from the conventional battlefield. In these tasks, the military rarely acts alone; the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is often close at hand. USAID has announced a new policy on cooperating with the Department of Defense (DOD) that is poised to realign their relations with DOD, redefining a partnership critical in managing today’s conflicts.

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Yes, the U.S. Military Can and Should Help Stop Ebola

by Janine Davidson
American airmen stand outside a U.S. military aircraft after landing at Roberts International Airport outside Monrovia, September 18, 2014. (Stringer/Courtesy Reuters)

Reaction was mixed following President Obama’s announcement that he was sending 3,000 troops to Liberia to help contain the spiraling Ebola epidemic. Doctors Without Borders, the Nobel Prize-winning, normally pacifist NGO has been on the front lines of this fight begging for military support. Meanwhile, a couple retired generals have blasted the president for the decision, asserting that it is a “misuse” of the military, whose job is to “fight wars, not medical battles.”

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