The Great Debate

What is Squad X, and how much will it change the U.S. Army?

April 11, 2016
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Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

The U.S. military has launched a program to equip its front-line soldiers with the latest battlefield technology. The Squad X initiative would give an Army or Marine Corps squad new computerized weapons, the latest smartphone-style communications and even easy-to-use robot helpers.

Islamic State, al Qaeda and nuclear madness

April 8, 2016
Shi'ite Houthi rebels drive a patrol truck past an Ansar al-Sharia flag painted on the side of a hill, along a road in Almnash, the main stronghold of Ansar al-Sharia, the local wing of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Rada, Yemen November 22, 2014.    To match Special Report YEMEN-AQAP/    REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi - RTSE50J

Shi’ite Houthi rebels drive a patrol truck past an Ansar al-Sharia flag painted on the side of a hill, along a road in Almnash, the main stronghold of Ansar al-Sharia, the local wing of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Rada, Yemen, November 22, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Reaping as they sowed: How the culture wars are smiting the GOP

April 8, 2016
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In 2004, Republicans viewed the specter of gay marriage as a political gift from the gods.

from Breakingviews:

Cox: Dan Loeb helps one Abenomics arrow hit target

By Rob Cox
April 7, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Why the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter might not stink

April 7, 2016

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This week on War College, we’re diving into the weeds on how weapons systems come into existence, from the officer who first sees the need to the bureaucrat who gets it done.

World War Three may have already begun in Iraq and Syria

April 7, 2016
Soldiers take pictures as flame and smoke are seen following air bombardments during the Northern Thunder exercises, in Hafr Al-Batin, near Saudi Arabia's border with Iraq, March 10, 2016.    REUTERS/Abedullah al-Desori EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTSA6KG

Soldiers take pictures as flame and smoke are seen following air bombardments during the Northern Thunder exercises, in Hafr Al-Batin, near Saudi Arabia’s border with Iraq, March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Abedullah al-Desori

A new kind of battlefield awaits the U.S. military – megacities

April 6, 2016
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Urban warfare is often among the most hard-fought. Syrian army soldiers inspect the site of a two bomb blasts in the government-controlled city of Homs, Syria, in this handout picture provided by SANA on February 21, 2016. REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters

Global elites beware: ‘Panama Papers’ won’t be the last revelation

April 6, 2016
People demonstrate against Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson in Reykjavik, Iceland April 5, 2016. Gunnlaugsson became the first major casualty of the Panama Papers revelations, stepping down on Tuesday after leaked files showed his wife owned an offshore firm with big claims on the country's collapsed banks.  REUTERS/Stigtryggur Johannsson - RTSDQ33

People demonstrate against Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson in Reykjavik, Iceland, April 5, 2016. REUTERS/Stigtryggur Johannsson

Corporations may be progressive, but that still doesn’t make them people

April 6, 2016
A PayPal sign is seen at an office building in San Jose, California May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS LOGO)

A PayPal sign at an office building in San Jose, California, May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach

With new deal, a refugeeā€™s rights come down to luck

April 5, 2016
A migrant who will be returned to Turkey holds a placard during a demonstration inside the Moria registration centre on the Greek island of Lesbos, April 5, 2016. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis - RTSDNDF

A migrant who will be returned to Turkey holds a placard during a demonstration inside the Moria registration centre on the Greek island of Lesbos, April 5, 2016. REUTERS/Giorgos Moutafis