WPR Articles 03 Dec 2011 - 09 Dec 2011
Recent reports from Syria of military defectors attacking an Air Force intelligence building in Hasrata highlight the growing likelihood that military sites will become a target in the country’s ongoing conflict. The incident illustrates the possibility of escalating instability within Syria’s military command, making Syria’s alleged chemical weapons program cause for particular concern.
NATO's recent intervention in Libya marked the major combat debut for the U.S. Navy's growing arsenal of unmanned vehicles. In coming years, the U.S. Navy could add hundreds of flying, swimming and diving robots to its existing fleets of surface warships, submarines and manned aircraft. But the Navy's robotic revolution is a belated one.
Today Brazil is far more prepared to engage in ambitious naval planning than in the past. Its GDP exceeds that of Russia, India and a number of other states that have advanced fleets, and its indigenous shipbuilding industry is gaining the experience necessary for homegrown construction of modern, advanced warships. Nevertheless, the Brazilian navy lags behind those of other comparable states.
With increased future activity in the Arctic inevitable, the United States must begin to address some of the potential security challenges that could result. As part of this effort, the European Command, the U.S. military command responsible for the Arctic, must leverage the progress made by the Arctic Council in nonsecurity matters to facilitate expanded security cooperation efforts in the region.
The difference between the U.S. and China's aid policies is that China deploys its aid as part of a broader strategy to open markets to Chinese companies and gain access to natural resources. The lesson for the United States, then, is not to do away with foreign aid, but to take a page out of the Chinese playbook and begin deploying aid in such a way that it will yield economic benefits for the United States.