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A weekly digest of news and analysis from AEI's Foreign and Defense Studies team
A weekly digest of news and analysis from AEI's Foreign and Defense Studies team

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Good afternoon and welcome to issue five of "The Rundown." Greetings from Washington DC,where the food truck lines keep getting longer, the days are now getting shorter, and somepoor IR grad student is doubtless toiling away on a whimsical blog post about how Kryptonexplains our foreign policy. Please pass along if you see it.Best wishes,
 
Danielle PletkaForeign and Defense Policy Studies, Vice President
  Alexandra Della RocchettaForeign and Defense Policy Studies, Program Manager 
 Stephan BurklinForeign and Defense Policy Studies, Communications Assistant
Tweet of the Week
Sadanand Dhume
@dhume01: In #India, the necktie is a "flag of incomprehension that billows in the stiff breezeof Someone Else's Rules." 
In the
N
ews
Defense
Former undersecretary of defense Michèle Flournoy last week said that the US military is at risk of 
becoming a “hollow force” because automatic spending cuts could impair its combat readiness.
In his 
, 
 writes that upcoming Army brigade cuts may be only the tipof the iceberg. Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno announced plans to cut active-duty service troopsfrom 570,000 to 490,000 last week, but Donnelly argues that the result of actions already taken ensure thatactive Army end strength will more realistically go down to about 400,000.On Tuesday, 
 wil
l be participating in a Brookings Institution event, “The Americaneconomic recovery and the defense industry.” Eaglen will be featured on a panel with Richard Bush from
Brookings, Jay DeFrank from United Technologies Corporation, Nelson Ford from the Logistics
 
Management Institute. Michael O’Hanlon and Bruce Katz of Brookings will moderate and keynote,
respectively. RSVP 
. Keep an eye on 
 for an article by 
 and Charles Morrison about how the currentcoverage of sequestration has ignored a large pot of cuts that occurred in the FY 2013 appropriations bill
 and how Washington is missing the big picture.
Nation
al Security
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin has distanced himself from the Edward Snowden case, insisting that the
former NSA contractor remains outside of the Kremlin’s control as long as he stays in the transit z 
one of 
Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.
In 
 
latest blog post,
,” he argues, “Anyone expecting Mos
cow to suffer repercussions for its actions is likely to
be disappointed. Far fatter thumbs have been merrily stuck by Russia into America’s eyes lately —
fromsupporting the murderous Syrian regime to vicious anti-American propaganda in the official Russian mediato the harassment of the US Ambassador Michael McFaul
with no visible impact on the soft and pliant
tones emanating from Washington.”
 
Guantanamo B
ay
 
 A military investigation found that a Yemeni detainee at Guantanamo Bay had been hoarding antipsychotic drugs and other narcotics before he died of an overdose last September.
President Obama's recent speech at the National Defense University marked his most comprehensivepublic remarks about Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) since an ongoing hunger strike refocused attention on theprison. Some human rights groups have applauded his decision to lift a ban on transferring cleareddetainees to Yemen, while others argue the administration lacks an effective plan to manage relocatedprisoners. Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), who has just returned from visiting Gitmo, will sit down with AEI's 
 on July 9 for a conversation on the facility and the implications its closure could havefor America's security. RSVP 
.
 
Asia
Manufacturing growth flagged across much of Asia in June, reflecting weak demand in Europe and in North America as consumers and governments continue to tighten their belts.
ICYMI: In
, 
writes: “Many of the security
challenges that Asian nations face are uniquely suited for greater special operations solutions . . . A globalspecial forces network will not by itself solve the world's security problems, of course. But Adm. McRavenand his strategists believe, with reason, that such a network can materially improve the quality of alliedspecial operations forces around the globe. That, in turn, will serve to protect the U.S. homeland threatened
by interlinked, international webs of terrorist financing and drug running.”
 Keep checking back to 
 for 
 biweekly Wall Street Journal column, covering thelatest in Asia politics, security, and more.
Afghanistan

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