Andrew Bacevich

Professor of International Relations and History at Boston University

Andrew Bacevich appears in the following:

A New Secretary of Defense, a New Military Strategy?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel comes as America's war strategy in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan is in the midst of total upheaval.

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Is the Military Ready for Another Mid-East Conflict?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

More than 2.5 million American service members have been deployed to war since 2001. As the president prepares his strategy to fight ISIS, is the military ready?

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Why the U.S. Military is Shrinking

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today, the Army has 522,000 soldiers on active duty. Hagel's proposed Pentagon budget would cut manpower even further, to somewhere between  440,000 and 450,000.

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Citizen Soldiers Needed

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Boston University, West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran, and author of Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country, criticizes the American public for leaving national defense to "other people" and looks at the effects of the gulf between them on policy.

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David Petraeus and the Military's Culture of Celebrity

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In all the news surrounding General David Petraeus’s resignation, there’s a central question about military culture itself. As Petraeus implemented his counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq, and then Afghanistan, he became a celebrity, an old-school military hero who seemed to have all the answers to America's messy conflicts abroad. Wired Magazine's Spencer Ackerman describes this as the 'Cult of David Petraeus.'

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Will Drones in Libya Help Overthrow Gadhafi?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Armed drones will soon fly in Libya in order to help enforce the no-fly zone in place there, the White House announced last week. Drones have been a controversial military weapon over the past few years, and a new study by the British Defense Ministry, believes new technologies, such as drones, may mean we resort to military conflict much sooner and easier than before. Are drones really a useful tool in military conflict or do they just serve to escalate the situation? 

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America's New Geopolitical Role

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Nobody can argue that America’s place on the world's geopolitical stage is changing.  America is fighting a war in Afghanistan and maintaining ongoing military responsibilities in Iraq, while weathering a major financial crisis at home: There is reasonable concern over America’s ability to maintain the international diplomatic clout as it has for most of the 20th century.

We're asking you, our listeners, about America's role in the world now. What should it be? Leader? Helper? Should it be smaller? Bigger? Let us know in comments or text your answer to 69866 with the word TAKE.

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Permanent War

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Boston University, West Point graduate, Vietnam veteran, and author of Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War, discusses the origins of global US military presence, and challenges its efficacy.

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Afghanistan Troop Level Debate Heats Up

Monday, October 05, 2009

This week will mark the eight-year anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, and the casualty rate is ticking upward. The United States lost eight troops in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, lending more urgency to the debate over what the Obama administration's next steps will be in Afghanistan.

We talk to Andrew Bacevich, professor of International Relations and History at Boston University. He is author of "The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism"; and Marvin Weinbaum, a scholar at the Middle East Institute and a former State Department analyst on Afghanistan and Pakistan.


All Together Now

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

In his new book The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism (Metropolitan Books, 2008), Andrew Bacevich, professor of international relations and history at Boston University, West Point graduate, and Vietnam veteran, critiques U.S. foreign policy and unilateral action but also points the finger at the U.S. citizenry.

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