Recent Voices


Our Reaction to Terrorism Is More Dangerous Than the Terrorists

From crazed demagogues like Donald Trump to uncoordinated, strategically incoherent, leaderless counterstrikes, we're spiraling toward a riskier tomorrow.


What Would a Realist World Have Looked Like?

From Iraq and WMDs to Israel and Palestine to Syria and Russia, how the United States could’ve avoided some of its biggest mistakes.


The Big 5 and the Sad State of Foreign Policy in 2016

Rubio is a naive neocon. Everybody hates Ted. Hillary is a hawk. Bernie has bigger fish to fry. And who the hell knows how Trump would screw up the world.


How to Carpet Bomb, Discriminately

And other thoughts on the inanities of national security in the Republican debate from New Hampshire.


A Plea to Presidential Candidate Christie: Please Stop Talking About Zika

As governor of New Jersey, his handling of Ebola quarantines was abysmal. And on the campaign trail, Chris Christie is promising to make the same mistakes all over again—this time with the Zika virus.

Best Defense

Book excerpt: Of Humans and Hardware

It’s the human factor that is the ultimate determinant in war, as military intellectuals like Arthur Cebrowski, Robert Scales, H. R. McMaster, and many of their kind have long argued.

Best Defense

A Best Defense essay contest: What is the first step the U.S. military should take do to adjust to the Information Age?

Sure, everyone has ideas. But let’s prioritize. What is the single most important thing the U.S. military should do to adjust to the emerging realities of the Information Age?


A New U.S. President Won’t Mean a New Bibi

Whether it’s Clinton, Sanders, Cruz, or Trump, when it comes to Israel, it doesn’t matter who wins the U.S. presidential election—working with the Israeli prime minister is going to be an uphill battle.

Best Defense

What’s in a name? A lot, when it comes to military equality, recruiting and readiness

While the integration of Marine boot camp remains in question, one aspect of Secretary of Navy Mabus’s order to the Marines and the Navy should be welcomed — to review gender-specific language in the services’ job titles. This is a review all the services should consider on three counts — equality, readiness, and tradition.


Will Europe and the United States Gang Up on China?

The test of whether to grant Beijing market-economy status may be an interesting clue as to the future of transatlantic relations.

Best Defense

Can the Army hit the curveball?

The Army today is like a baseball hitter who thinks he is great but refuses to swing at curveballs, alleges Andrew Hill, a professor at the Army War College.


Who Does No. 2 Work For?!

Spying on world leaders’ poop is a whole lot more common than you’d think — and just as useless.

Best Defense

Jim Collins on the ‘Good to Great’ leader

In his famous business study 'Good to Great,' Jim Collins identifies the transformative leader as somewhat surprising: 'an individual who blends extreme personal humility with intense professional will.'


Newscast: What Looms on the 2016 Horizon

From China’s economic downturn to the lifting of sanctions on Iran, this week’s panel reviews the scariest, biggest, and most important stories in the year ahead.


    You have read 0 of 5 free articles

    March 2015 Issue Cover