Military

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Wikimedia Commons)

Babylon Revisited: Melancholy Thoughts After a Short Trip to Washington, D.C.

As a young reporter in political Washington in the late 1980s, I noticed that there was a type of person who thrived in the driven, transactional environment of the capital.

Gold coins from the Roman town of Pompeii on display in Chicago, Illinois on Oct. 18, 2005. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Two Unexpected Ways in Which Mercenaries Affected Ancient Battles

This hadn’t occurred to me until I was reading a volume of ancient military history.

A soldier reads to children. (U.S. Department of Defense)

In Case You Didn’t Buy the ‘New York Times’ Yesterday: New Military Histories

The  Sunday New York Times Book Review ran my semi-annual survey of new books on military history.

Dan Berschinski kisses his girlfriend Rebecca Taber in Dover, Delaware on Sep. 13, 2011. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Veterans’ Day Special: An Afghan War Casualty Looks Back and Wonders Why

I am neither old and wise, nor am I an impressively decorated combat veteran.

A U.S. Marine stands guard Apr. 14, 1993 from his position on an armored personnel carrier at a check-point in Mogadishu. (Eric Cabanis/AFP/GettyImages)

Edgar on Strategy (Part IX): To what end? The frequently missing ‘why’ of strategy

Policymakers must articulate the “why” informing a strategy and periodically revaluate whether it is achievable and what ought to come next.

The cover of "Destination Casablanca." (Public Affairs)

Book Excerpt: ‘Destination Casablanca’

The naval battle of Casablanca began with airplanes.

A reindeer. (Wikimedia Commons)

Travels with Mattis: Finnish Edition

From the transcript of a “Media Availability with Secretary Mattis” yesterday:

Girl Scout cookies (Masayuki Kawagishi/Flickr)

Girls Scouts & Cybersecurity

I read recently in a new publication, ‘Rand Review,’ that the Girl Scouts now have a cybersecurity badge.

(Foreign Policy illustration

The Messaging App Fueling Syria’s Insurgency

Are you a Syrian rebel in need of U.S.-manufactured assault rifles, or even a tank? You can buy it on Telegram.

A parable. (Wikimedia Commons)

My Modest Proposal For a New Professional U.S. Military Magazine

I’d call my new military magazine PIVOT: The Journal of Conventional Military Wisdom.

The cast of the HBO miniseries "Band Of Brothers." (HBO via Getty Images)

The beginning of ‘Band of Brothers’ as a primer on good military leadership

Band of Brothers is a miniseries about the exploits of the soldiers of E Company, 2/506 PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment) from their initial training until the end of World War II in Europe.

(Left to right) Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, Guinea's President Alpha Conde, U.S. President Donald Trump, African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria's Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on May 27 in Taormina, Sicily. (Jonathan Ernst/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Dangerous Retreat from Africa  

The U.S. administration is ramping up military engagement on the continent but ramping everything else down. Other countries are already filling the void.

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