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Alan W. Dowd

Time to Stop Outsourcing the Space Program

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: May 2, 2016

Since September 11, 2001, Washington has been preoccupied with dismantling terrorist networks, fighting insurgencies and stabilizing broken nation-states—and understandably so. But China and Russia have not been standing still during ...

The Unrealistic Realists

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Apr 4, 2016

One of the most intriguing but least discussed aspects of Jeffrey Goldberg’s recent exit interview with President Obama is how often the two of them use variations of the words “realist” (it appears 11 times) and ...

Cold Front

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Mar 1, 2016

While the United States and its allies watch Russian strongman Vladimir Putin dismember Ukraine and carve out a foothold in the Mediterranean, they should keep an eye on the Arctic. “Our interests are concentrated in the Arctic,” Putin ...

Nervous Systems

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Feb 3, 2016

Large-scale cyberattacks targeting U.S. citizens, interests and infrastructure are happening so frequently that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of the onslaught. The most recent of these came last summer, when Chinese hackers penetrated ...

Word Games

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jan 5, 2016

Words are never more important than actions, but words matter, especially a president’s words. Using language to steer the nation is part of a president’s job. The American presidency, after all, is “the bully pulpit.” ...

Convincing the Commander-in-Chief

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Nov 30, 2015

A day after the president declared ISIS “contained,” the terror superpower launched a series of attacks across Paris, killing 130 people. The Paris siege followed the ISIS bombing of a Beirut market and takedown of a Russian airliner ...

An American Policy

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Oct 28, 2015

After months of warning Beijing that the U.S. Navy would challenge China’s illegal bid to seize a large swath of the South China Sea by turning atolls into armed islands, the White House has finally ordered the destroyer USS Lassen to defend ...

An Army of Conscience

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Sep 29, 2015

What a relief: The UN Security Council (UNSC) has agreed to allow an international WMD watchdog to determine who is to blame for the chemical-weapons attacks in Syria. Up until now, in classic UN style, the Organization for the Prohibition of ...

First Responder and Last Line of Defense

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Sep 8, 2015

By now, most of us know about the three American heroes—two of them off-duty military personnel—who foiled a terrorist attack on a packed Amsterdam-to-Paris train. Armed with an AK-47, a handgun, nine magazines of ammunition and a box ...

After the Iran Deal: Bracing for the Worst

Written by: Alan W. Dowd | Posted: Jul 24, 2015

President Obama is trumpeting a deal hammered out by U.S., European, Russian and Iranian diplomats aimed at halting Iran’s progress toward a nuclear weapon. But before we usher in yet another era of peace in our time, let’s take a ...

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