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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet in Brazil.

Russian Arms Sale Clouds U.S.-India Ties

New Delhi’s deal for the Russian S-400 system could limit burgeoning military ties with Washington.

The U.S. Marine Corp’s Iwo Jima Memorial can be seen as sun begins to rise behind the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument in Arlington, Virginia on Nov. 7, 2020.

A World Without War

A new book argues that America’s massive military is predicated on imaginary threats—and we’d all be better off without it.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (left) and then-National Security Council Senior Director of Counterterrorism Kash Patel

Trump Taps Loyalists to Defense Policy Board in Last-Minute Move

The appointments come as part of a broader sweep to reward the president’s supporters with late-game promotions at the Defense Department.

Gen. Lloyd Austin prepares to testify before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on Sept. 16, 2015.

Now Is a Bad Time to Weaken Civilian Control Over the Military

Biden’s nomination of a retired general to head the Pentagon reinforces a dangerous trend. His confirmation must come with concrete safeguards.

A plaque of the Department of Defense seal is seen January 26, 2012 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

Defense Secretaries Worried About a Trump Power Grab

Talk of Trump imposing martial law helped spur the ex-Pentagon chiefs to speak out.

Lloyd Austin  prepares to hold a media briefing on Operation Inherent Resolve, the international military effort against ISIS on Oct. 17, 2014 at the Pentagon in Washington.

Lloyd Austin Isn’t Who You Think He Is

The “silent general” has never been very quiet on policy. That’s exactly why Biden picked him as defense secretary—and why Washington’s foreign-policy establishment is wary.

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd Austin

Biden Defends Choice of Austin for Defense Secretary

Some lawmakers and many national security experts are wary of another general atop the Pentagon, but Lloyd Austin has the president-elect’s ear—and backing.

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Biden to Name Former General as Defense Secretary

Lloyd Austin would be the first Black person to serve in the job.

President-elect Joe Biden departs after delivering a Thanksgiving address at the Queen Theatre on Nov. 25 in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Will Biden’s National Security Team Include Members of the Democratic Party’s Progressive Wing?

The president-elect’s picks have deep experience in the Washington establishment. It’s unclear whether the party’s left can make its voice heard in the new administration.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Why Is Trump Threatening America’s Defense Budget?

The president is pushing against a law that digital rights groups say protect social media firms.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin during an official ceremony in the Emirati capital's Al-Watan presidential palace on October 15, 2019.

Pentagon Says UAE Possibly Funding Russia’s Shadowy Mercenaries in Libya

The Defense Department’s inspector general found that the United Arab Emirates is financing Russian Wagner Group mercenaries—just as Trump aims to sell the UAE billions of dollars worth of arms.

U.S. President Donald Trump and then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

Pentagon Purges Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board

It’s unclear why the Trump administration waited until its final months to shake up the influential group of outside experts advising top Pentagon leaders.

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