Tech & Cyber

The International Space Station is in orbit around the earth on December 14, 2006. (NASA/Getty)

Shake-Up at Pentagon Intelligence Agency Sparks Concern

The director of the agency responsible for analyzing satellite imagery says he wants to modernize the work. Some employees fear they’re being replaced by artificial intelligence.

A U.S. Marine in a combat training exercise in Afghanistan on August 27, 2017. (Wakil Koshar/AFP/Getty Images)

The Only Force That Can Beat Climate Change Is the U.S. Army

America’s military is the only institution that can break the partisan deadlock on the worst threat the nation faces.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid tear gas smoke during a protest at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

How Washington Helps Tehran Control the Internet

Meant to hurt the regime, U.S. sanctions actually make it easier for the mullahs to crack down on dissent online.

A flame from a Saudi Aramco oil installation  burns brightly during sunset in the Saudi desert on June 23, 2008.
 (AFP/Marwan Naamani)

Cyberattack Targets Safety System at Saudi Aramco

One report points to Iran, but the evidence is far from conclusive.

Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz meets Chinese President Xi Jinping after a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People on March 13, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

What Would a Saudi-Iran War Look Like? Don’t look now, but it is already here

After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts

A sea turtle swims over bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia, in February 2016. (The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers)

The Guardians of the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s scientists are working against time and climate change politics to save their beloved coral reef.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looks on during the launch of a Hwasong-12 missile. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Blames North Korea for Global Ransomware Outbreak

The announcement comes amid heightening tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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A Turkish tank on the Syrian-Turkish border on Aug. 25, 2016. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey Wants to Crush U.S. Allies in Syria. That Shouldn’t Surprise Anybody.

America’s partners are at each other’s throats, and Washington doesn’t have a plan to pull them apart.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis inspects honor guards during a visit to Jakarta on Jan. 23. (Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

Can Mattis Succeed Where His Predecessors Have Failed?

The 2018 National Defense Strategy has its priorities straight. But budgetary challenges could get in the way.

Martin Schulz, head of the German Social Democrats (SPD), at the SPD federal congress on January 21, 2018 in Bonn, Germany. (Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Germany’s Left Is Committing Suicide by Identity Politics

German social democrats have committed to a partnership with Angela Merkel that exposes their greatest vulnerability.

President Donald Trump and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leave after delivering a speech during a visit to the Israel Museum on May 23, 2017.

Forget the Ultimate Deal. The Mideast Needs the Status Quo.

Trump’s plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace is fanciful, dangerous, and not going anywhere.

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The Answers Are Out There

Contrary to conventional wisdom, solutions to many of the world’s toughest problems already exist—you just need to know where to look for them.

The view from Lelu Island toward Kitson Island and the Pacific Ocean in July 2017.

Fantasy Island

Exporting British Columbia’s abundant energy resources should have been a slam dunk. How did a multibillion-dollar dream go up in smoke?

A Liberal Defense of Tribalism

There’s nothing wrong with political tribes that can’t be fixed by what’s right with them.

Twilight of the Kurds

Kurdish officials once dreamed of forging their own state out of the ashes of the war against the Islamic State. Now they are fighting for their very survival.

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