Welcome to the Defense Download! This new round‐up is intended to highlight what we at the Cato Institute are keeping tabs on in the world of defense politics every week. The three‐to‐five trending stories will vary depending on the news cycle, what policymakers are talking about, and will pull from all sides of the political spectrum. If you would like to receive more frequent updates on what I’m reading, writing, and listening to—you can follow me on Twitter via @CDDorminey.
- “Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy,” Nima Elbagir, Salma Abdelaziz, Mohamed Abo El Gheit, and Laura Smith‐Spark. CNN broke a story this week revealing that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates transferred American‐made weapons to al Qaeda‐linked fighters, hardline Salafi militias, and other factions waging war in Yemen.
- “Inside the Secretive US Air Campaign In Somalia,” Amanda Serber. “Since Donald Trump took office, the US military has approximately tripled the number of strikes that it conducts each year in Somalia, according to figures confirmed by the Pentagon, while such actions—and the reasons behind them—have become increasingly opaque.”
- “Little Sparta: The United States‐United Arab Emirates Alliance and the War in Yemen,” William Hartung. When talking about Yemen, the United Arab Emirates’ role in the conflict has been minimized and underreported.