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We now stand at a crossroads in our history -- a pivot point from which our relations with friends and foes could be transformed for the better, or events could spiral out of our control and plunge the nation into a period of fractious relations, intensified anti-Americanism, and a prolonged period during which our very way of life could be threatened. The stakes are as high as they come for this question and the next

Think Tank Wrap-up Nov 27, 2001

The military operation under way in Afghanistan reflects a fundamentally different concept of operations. Air and missile strikes are being used not only to destroy highly valued assets of both the Taliban and al Qaida but also to flush out terrorists from hiding in the hope that special operations forces can interdict them on the move. The air and missile strikes are also being used to level the playing field militarily within Afghanistan so that opposition groups like the Northern Alliance can be more effective in taking on the Taliban. In the days and weeks to come, we can expect to see the United States providing direct support to these forces as they engage the Taliban on the ground. The ultimate aim of these operations is to create conditions that give rise to regime change within Afghanistan, undertaken by Afghans -- not the United States --with the support of the international community

Think Tank Wrap-up Oct 11, 2001

The development of Sino-U.S. military ties has not been very smooth and still faces some obstacles

China stresses Taiwan issues at talks Jun 24, 2009

I think you'll see Kandahar will closely follow but central Helmand had to come first

Afghan troops on the rise, Brown says Mar 08, 2010


Michèle Angelique Flournoy (born December 14, 1960) is Under Secretary of Defense for Policy of the United States. She was confirmed in the position by the U.S. Senate on February 9, 2009. She founded and was named President of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in January 2007. Prior to co-founding CNAS, she was a Senior Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she worked on a broad range of defense policy and international security issues. Previously, she was a distinguished research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University (NDU), where she founded and led the university’s Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) working group, which was chartered by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to develop intellectual capital in preparation for the Department of Defense’s 2001 QDR.

Flournoy has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates which would make her the first female Secretary of Defense.

Prior to joining NDU, Flournoy served as a senior-level political appointee in the Department of Defense during the Presidency of Bill Clinton, working at the Pentagon where she occupied the dual roles of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy. In those capacities, she oversaw three policy offices in the Office of the United States Secretary of Defense: Strategy; Requirements, Plans, and Counterproliferation; and Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasian Affairs. Flournoy was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service in 1996, the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service in 1998, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2000. Following the November 2008 presidential election, she was selected as one of the Department of Defense Review Team Leads for the Obama transition. On 8 January 2009, President-elect Obama announced that he was nominating Flournoy as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, serving under Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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