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An Open Letter to the NSA | by John Schindler
Dear NSA, 
Hi, it's me again. Although I left the agency a few years ago, I still think about you a lot, and in recent months -- thanks to that awful Ed guy -- I've been writing and talking about you a good deal in public. Plus, because on my very first day on the job I agreed to that whole lifetime secrecy oath thing, we're separated but we're never going to really get divorced, are we?
The National Interest
Poland, NATO and the Return of History | by John Schindler
After years of presuming that all significant activities by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) would be “out of area,” big changes are afoot as key Alliance member countries are realizing that traditional military threats are returning and NATO, having placed enormous effort since 2001 on the losing war in Afghanistan, is unprepared to meet them. As NATO plans to leave Afghanistan next year, the Alliance’s future path is coming into focus.
Providence Journal
RI Aviation Hall of Fame to honor seven | mentions Adm. Carter
The Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame will induct five new members and recognize the service of two other individuals at its annual dinner at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center in Cranston on Nov. 8.
The guests of honor are Rear Admiral Walter "Ted" Carter, president of the Naval War College, and Brigadier Gen. Mark Jannitto, deputy adjutant general of the Rhode Island Air National Guard.
Council on Foreign Relations
Pragmatic Partners, the Unsung Story of U.S.-China Anti-Piracy Coordination | by Andrew Erickson
Out of the limelight, Gulf of Aden cooperation has provided both China and the United States with a vital conduit for progressive military contact amid protracted mistrust in the Asia Pacific. Indeed, their navies recently conducted a joint anti-piracy exercise there.
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Rethinking Professional Military Education | by Joan Johnson-Freese and Kevin Kelley
Professional Military Education (PME), the Department of Defense (DOD) funded system through which most military officers receive their mandated post-commission education, has recently been the focus of considerable scrutiny, including assertions that PME is broken. Journalist Tom Ricks suggested potentially shutting the Air War College in 2011, referencing it as “an expensive joke” consequent to an 18-year faculty veteran raising issues regarding lax academic standards and unqualified faculty.
Todays Zaman
What's wrong with this picture? | by Hayat Alvi
Global Muslims often wonder why the image and reputation of Islam and Muslims is so negative these days, especially when it comes to the mistreatment of girls and women.
Muslims counter-argue that the Quran and Hadith support women's rights and equality, and call on respecting them.  Muslims cite the example of the Prophet Muhammad and how he treated his wives with respect. There is a serious problem...
The Interpreter
The political, commercial and cultural dimensions of maritime strategy | by James Holmes
A century ago, British historian Julian S Corbett broadened the idea of maritime strategy beyond battles in which fleets of heavily armed men-of-war pounded away at each other. Corbett pointed out that mankind lives on land, and therefore the primary focus of maritime strategy should be shaping events on land. For him that meant navies working with armies to project power into contested rimlands.
World Politics Review
U.S. Must Be Prepared for Change in Global Partnerships | Nikolas Gvosdev
Washington got two important reminders this week that it cannot take anything for granted in the current international environment. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, was reported as saying that the kingdom is planning to make a “major shift” in its relations with the United States. Then on Wednesday, India and China announced an agreement designed to defuse border tensions.
War on the Rocks
Striking Back on the Drone Debate: 3 Questions | by Timothy Hoyt
Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations are again drawing attention to the issue of the “drone campaign” waged in the remote regions of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) by the United States.  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, currently visiting Washington, is certain to raise the issue of these attacks.
Harvard Asia Quarterly
Diego Garcia: Anchoring America’s Future Presence in the Indo-Pacific | by Andrew Erickson
Systemic shifts are reorienting the world’s economic center of gravity to the Indo-Pacific. The Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is emerging as a strategic zone of particular importance, one with tremendous economic potential but significant security challenges.
World Politics Review
Strategic Gambles: The Diplomatic Stakes of American Retrenchment | by Nikolas Gvosdev
Even before recent events crystallized growing concerns that, after 70 years of global leadership, U.S. influence in the world has begun to recede, the Defense Strategic Guidance of January 2012 had aimed to prioritize American interests, indicating where the U.S. would be willing to accept greater…
The Batchelor Show
China | interviews with Toshi Yoshihara and Joan Johnson-Freese
Professor Toshi Yoshihara talks about China at the APEC and ASEAN meetings (begins at 03:38) and professor Joan Johnson-Freese on the NASA - China scientists 'debacle' (begins at 21:26).
Today's Zaman
Egypt's coup regime has taken the gloves off against Syrian refugees | by Hayat Alvi
While the coup regime in Egypt continues to set up paraphernalia to entrench itself as a true dictatorship complete with a Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi personality cult, the Egyptian government's xenophobic ideology and policies have hurt the most vulnerable: Syrian war refugees.
The Jamestown Foundation
The Relevant Organs: Institutional Factors behind China’s Gulf of Aden Deployment | by Andrew Erickson
Numerous institutional factors have driven and incentivized China’s participation in anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. Central to executing China’s first instance of protracted Far Seas naval operations has been inter-agency coordination among the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) and other military and civil units and agencies.

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