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Freedom of the Skies: A Toothless Distant Relative of Freedom of the Seas

28 Jul 2014 Security Watch

For a long time, the United States has helped maintain global stability and security by ensuring freedom of the seas. In the aftermath of the downing of Malaysian Air Flight 17, Lawrence Husick believes it’s time for Washington to enforce air security in the same way it does on the world’s oceans. More on «Freedom of the Skies: A Toothless Distant Relative of Freedom of the Seas»


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The Evolving Drug Trade in Guinea-Bissau and West Africa

28 Jul 2014 Security Watch

Has Guinea-Bissau become Africa's first narco-state or is it actually losing its importance as a transshipment center? For Davin O'Regan, such either-or questions are too local. Drug trafficking trends, if they are to be analyzed properly, must be treated as regional rather than national-level phenomena. More on «The Evolving Drug Trade in Guinea-Bissau and West Africa»


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Hurtling Toward Failure: Complexity in Army Operations

25 Jul 2014 Security Watch

The US Army continues to rely on technology as a way to cope with battlefield uncertainty. That’s all well and good, argues Donald Kingston, but the service's increased reliance on complex information systems is almost begging for trouble. Yes, it’s time for the army to ‘harness’ these systems more effectively. More on «Hurtling Toward Failure: Complexity in Army Operations»