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Robert C. O'Brien is an attorney and commentator on foreign affairs and international law issues. His opinion and editorial pieces regularly appear in major publications such as CBSNews.com, The Huffington Post and Newsmax. Mr. O'Brien's law review articles have been published in the American Journal of International Law, The Cornell International Law Journal, The UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs, The Los Angeles Lawyer and other journals. He is the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of a national law firm.

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Thursday
Apr092015

Why Rand Paul Should Worry about 'America in Retreat'

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien

Kentucky’s junior Senator, Rand Paul, announced his candidacy for President of the United States on Tuesday. Senator Paul is young, energetic and one of the genuinely nice guys in American politics. His positions on cutting the staggering federal debt by taming “Big Government” and curbing the NSA’s surveillance of law abiding Americans are attractive to Republicans, Independents and even many Democrats.

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Friday
Apr032015

Battleground 2016: The GOP's 4-Man Race

The National Interest

By: Robert C. O'Brien

While the GOP has the biggest field of legitimate candidates since 1980, it is starting to look like a four man race five months before the Ames Straw Poll. The four Republican frontrunners are all first time candidates for president. Three of them are under 50, hold important elected offices and have long political careers ahead of them. The fourth is the son and brother of presidents.

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Thursday
Mar262015

China's Next Move: A Naval Base in the South Atlantic?

Real Clear Defense

By: Robert C. O'Brien

I recently returned from Walvis Bay, Namibia, the country's sole deep water port and former South Atlantic home to the Royal and South African Navies.  Also in port were two of the three ships of the Royal Navy's Atlantic Patrol Tasking South.  A Daring-class Type 45 air warfare destroyer and a Royal Fleet Auxiliary small fleet tanker were both pier side.  (The task force's third ship, HMS Clyde, was presumably on station patrolling the Falklands.)  While Walvis Bay enjoys a 138-year history with the Royal Navy, it could soon be home to a powerful Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy surface squadron.

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Thursday
Feb052015

The Navy’s Hidden Crisis: It’s too small—and getting smaller.

Politico.com

By: Robert C. O'Brien

Not many Americans understand how many Army divisions we have, the percentage breakdown of the Air Force’s fighter/bomber mix, or the three “Triad” legs of our strategic nuclear force. But just about everyone understands the Navy’s “ship count” and what it means for a president to send a carrier battle group into a crisis zone. And so, amid a more complicated and complex discussion this week over the sequestration’s impact, it didn’t go unnoticed Wednesday when Ashton Carter, President Obama’s defense secretary nominee, told Congress that the aircraft carrier fleet would likely continue to shrink.

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Thursday
Nov202014

The dangers of defense sequestration

Daily Journal

By: Robert C. O'Brien

Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright recently called the world "a mess." With a resurgent Russia chasing Czarist glory through invasions and occupations of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, the cruel Islamic State establishing itself as a power in Mesopotamia, soon-to-be-nuclear Iran building a Shia proxy arc from Hezbollah controlled Lebanon on the Mediterranean through Syria and Iraq to Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula and China scooping up Islands throughout the South China Sea, Albright's comment is an understatement.

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