Democrats Face a Defense Spending Conundrum
The U.S. foreign-policy establishment shouldn’t balk at pledges to roll back national security commitments.
Despite Pompeo’s Call for ‘Swagger,’ Trump Slashes Diplomatic Budget
The U.S. president’s 2020 budget request is especially harsh on the U.N. and refugees. Democrats call it “dead on arrival.”
Dear Pentagon: It’s Not How Big Your Budget Is. It’s How You Use It.
Arguments about defense spending should be focused on foreign policy and what the military actually wants to do.
U.S. Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is on China
The military’s funding boost is aimed at deterring Beijing, but a budget fight could jeopardize the strategy.
Europe Should Call Trump’s Bluff
Spending 4 percent of the EU’s GDP on defense would boost sagging economies and protect the continent at a time when U.S. leadership is lacking.
Washington Needs a New Solarium Project To Counter Cyberthreats
President Eisenhower confronted the unprecedented nuclear threat of the 1950s with a novel exercise. The United States needs a similar approach to tackle today's cyber threats.
The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again
The Pentagon always complains for more money – and politicians always eventually give in.
Iraq’s Militias Set Their Sights on Political Power
With elections looming in May and the Islamic State on the run, the Popular Mobilization Forces are eyeing politics.
America’s Military Is Choking on Old Technology
As its rivals invest in new military hardware, Washington is stuck refurbishing obsolete equipment.
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.
Trump Administration Seeks to Slash Counterterrorism Funding
On the chopping block: incident response teams, air marshals, and nuclear detection.
America Just Quietly Backed Down Against China Again
When China complained about a plan for the Navy to make port calls in Taiwan, Congress listened.
America’s Military Doesn’t Have Enough Money to Do Its Job
Donald Trump promised a bigger defense budget, but the Pentagon is still waiting.
The GOP Tax Plan Is a Threat to National Security
As our federal debt spirals up and up, military readiness will inevitably suffer.
Trump’s Big Defense Buildup Should Include a National Cyber Academy
If the United States wants to remain ahead of the forthcoming cyberwars, it’s going to need a new generation of leaders.
And the Oscar Goes To…
Sunday’s Oscar snafu was the perfect summary of the world we live in today. Is this the new norm in Trump’s America?
America’s military doesn’t need more money — what it needs is an engaged public to demand a genuine strategy
Money will not fix what ails our military. We don't have a supply problem, we have a demand problem created by poor strategy.
It’s Time for Europe’s Militaries to Grow Up
The continent can't blame Trump for its long-running inability to take care of its own security.
Can Mattis Back Up His NATO Threat?
If you needed reassurance that Mattis not just knows NATO but feels it, you got that in his remarks on Wednesday.
NATO’s in Crisis! (Again)
Secretary Mattis is not wrong when he says that Europeans should not expect Americans to care more about Europe's security than Europeans themselves do.