Military culture and the traditions of civil-military relations do not tend to favor such disruptive actions, with their potential negative implications for morale and their ability to feed the gossip mills in Washington and beyondMcKiernan praised for Afghan work; Kurdish forces met with protests in Ninawa May 12, 2009
The trajectory of trends in 2008 has been in the wrong directionAfghan roadside bomb attacks up sharply Jan 26, 2009
Maybe the more pragmatic side of their thinking has started to emerge and maybe they're less worried about Bush pushing for regime change in the last year of his presidencyIran keeps pledge to thwart Iraqi arms Dec 17, 2007
Nobody will begrudge them spending on a real threat -- but we also need to avoid rubber-stamp syndrome where any expense is OKPentagon errs in Iraq sniper numbers Oct 30, 2007
This has been hinted at before, but it's a big shift for them to be saying that publiclyGenerals call for gradual Iraq withdrawal Oct 01, 2005
Michael Edward O'Hanlon (born 1961) is a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, specializing in defense and foreign policy issues. He began his career as a budget analyst in the defense field.
O'Hanlon earned an A.B. in 1982, M.S.E. in 1987, M.A. in 1988, and a Ph.D in 1991 all from Princeton University, and is now a visiting lecturer there. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kinshasa, Congo in the 1980s.
O'Hanlon married Cathryn Ann Garland in 1994. They have two daughters, one of whom is on the autism spectrum. In addition to his work in the U.S. foreign policy field, O'Hanlon is an activist for people with special needs.