Everyone Knows America Lost Afghanistan Long Ago
Inflated threats, concealed costs, and lack of accountability for failure—and the complicity of the foreign-policy establishment—have kept the infinity war going for 18 years.
Kobani Today, Krakow Tomorrow
Washington has abandoned the Kurds. If Europe doesn’t bolster its defenses, the Poles, Lithuanians, and Latvians could be next.
Germany Isn’t Special
To pull its weight, it needs to start seeing itself as a normal country, subject to the same pressures as all its neighbors.
Uncle Sam Doesn’t Have Your Back
Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo have made it clear that the United States is no longer committed to protecting Europe. The need for a viable pan-European defense force has never been greater.
Democrats Face a Defense Spending Conundrum
The U.S. foreign-policy establishment shouldn’t balk at pledges to roll back national security commitments.
The Outdated Alliance?
On NATO’s 70th anniversary, it is time for burden shedding—not burden sharing.
Could NATO Be the Downfall of Angela Merkel’s Government?
A fight over defense spending could soon split Germany’s ruling coalition.
Scandinavia Won’t Be Russia’s Next Target
Mikheil Saakashvili’s country was a victim of Putin’s aggression. Finland and Sweden won’t be.
The Japanese Air Force Needs an Upgrade
Faced with China’s increasing aggression, Japan must invest in fifth-generation fighter jets to deter Beijing’s expansion.
Pentagon Eyes Windfall as Trump Seeks $750 Billion Defense Budget
The White House’s annual budget request would give the Defense Department even more than it hoped for.
Whoever Predicts the Future Will Win the AI Arms Race
China, Russia, and the United States are approaching the long-term strategic potential of artificial intelligence very differently. The country that gets it right will reap huge military benefits.
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.
In Reversal, Trump Signals Further Boost in Defense Spending
The U.S. president had been calling for cuts in recent months.
Mohammed bin Salman Is the Next Saddam Hussein
In the 1980s, the United States embraced a brutal Middle Eastern tyrant simply because he opposed Iran. Washington should not repeat the same mistake today.
The United States Can Stop Cameroon’s Brutal Crackdown
Washington must not ignore atrocities against the country’s Anglophones. It should use existing U.S. laws to force an end to the violence.
Why the Military Must Learn to Love Silicon Valley
The U.S. Defense Department and big tech need each other—but getting along won’t be easy
Stretched Thin on Thin Ice
With the Arctic melting and northern coast guards struggling to keep up, the next disaster is a matter of when, not if.