Airs Sunday, July 20 at 6 p.m. The Pentagon has announced plans to shrink the U.S. Military to pre-World War II levels following the end of the war in Iraq and the continued withdrawal from Afghanistan. On this edition of America Abroad, we hear reaction to a smaller U.S. Military from allies in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East about whether America's ability to advance its interests is compromised. Also, defense experts and military veterans discuss whether a smaller US military would embolden other countries like Russia to test America's willingness to engage.
Airs Sunday, March 10 at 6 p.m. After a decade of war, we are left to ponder and debate the important lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan. Consensus has hardly been reached on the effectiveness of the war-fighting doctrine known as "counterinsurgency." In this program, we will hear from soldiers, local military personnel and military commanders. In addition, experts discuss and debate the effectiveness of counterinsurgency and the future of warfare.
NPR has alerted us that the President will address the nation tonight and NPR coverage will begin at 6:00 p.m. CT tonight. No details about the subject of the address are known at this time. President Obama is in Afghanistan on a surprise visit and a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Obama will address Americans tonight from Bagram Air Base, at 6:30 p.m. CT. NPR coverage will begin at 6pm.