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The Retreat from Kherson

Russia’s announced withdrawal from Kherson has initiated a new phase of the war. Out of it come several considerations. Operationally, Ukraine has an opportunity to press retreating Russian forces and destroy them. Strategically, Ukraine must now consider its next offensive steps. And politically, the US and its allies cannot mistake …

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Mark Milley and the Coming Civil-Military Crisis

Gen. Mark Milley apparently thinks Ukraine should negotiate with its Russian aggressors and the U.S. should shift its policy toward Kyiv. That’s the upshot of a New York Times piece, published last week, about remarks the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff made at the Economic Club of New York. Such views aren’t …

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A Welcome to Yorktown’s Three Newest Advisors

Welcome aboard to the three newest members of Yorktown Institute’s Board of Advisors. It is an honor for us to add three officers with extensive experience, respected judgment, and demonstrated commitment to Yorktown’s mission to our already distinguished Board. Rear Admiral Sinclair Harris served in the US Navy for 34 …

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U.S. Cuts Pacific Airpower Presence as China’s Military Grows

The United States broadcast contradictory messages last week, perplexing allies and potential adversaries alike. The U.S. Air Force announced that it was withdrawing F-15C/D air-superiority fighter aircraft from Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, after 43 years on station. They will not be backfilled anytime soon with permanently assigned fighter aircraft. The …

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Russia’s New Level of Danger in Ukraine: What’s the West to Do?

Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian critical infrastructure are a step-change in the war and in Russian strategy. Russia has become more dangerous, not because it is cornered but because it is more disciplined: Political demands and military realities are being harmonized at the level of strategy. Russia can operate within the escalatory window the …

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Israel’s Strategic Interest in Ukraine Is Changing Because of Iran

Despite frequent appeals and complaints from Ukrainian leaders, Israel has refused requests to provide weapons to Ukraine. Ukraine is now suffering barrages of cruise missiles and suicide drones hitting targets across Ukraine, weapons that are destroying Ukraine’s critical infrastructure. Israel knows and is deeply concerned that Iran is allegedly supplying …

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Off-Ramps for China? Sorry, That Ship has Sailed

Speaking to Democratic Party donors in early October, President Joe Biden said, ‘I’m trying to figure out what is Putin’s off-ramp. Where does he find a way out? Where does he find himself in a position that he does not – not only lose face but lose significant power within …

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Russia’s ‘Dirty Bomb’ Claim Lights the Nuclear Fuse

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu called his counterparts in the US, UK, France and Turkey on Sunday to warn that Ukraine could be preparing to use a “dirty bomb.” Is Shoigu also warning that the Russian army might be pushed into using nuclear weapons? A dirty bomb is commonly understood as a conventional …

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Brace for Impact: the Coming War over Taiwan

The United States, after months of war, is finally standing up a command specifically designed to assist Ukraine. This formalizes the ad hoc efforts President Joe Biden’s administration and America’s allies have conducted since the Russian invasion began. Through a stroke of luck, American recalcitrance and Washington’s typically glacial reaction time did not …

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