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U.S. President Joe Biden (C) flanked by Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (L) on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, on June 29.
U.S. President Joe Biden (C) flanked by Secretary of State Antony Blinken (R) and U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (L) on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Madrid, on June 29.

Is Biden’s National Security Strategy a Match for a Chaotic World?

The long-awaited document leaves more questions than answers about the White House’s approach to global crises.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (L) and General Mark Milley (R), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee April 7 in Washington.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (L) and General Mark Milley (R), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee April 7 in Washington.

Yes, the United States Should Weaken Russia

The old approach of outreach and inclusion has failed. In the wake of Russia’s latest invasion, Washington must seek to erode Moscow’s power.

U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft on board the USS Ronald Reagan  aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore on Oct. 16, 2019.
U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and an EA-18G Growler electronic warfare aircraft on board the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore on Oct. 16, 2019.

Does the New U.S. National Defense Strategy Make Any Sense?

The Pentagon is scrambling to deter China while adjusting to war in Europe—but does its new approach amount to more than just rhetoric?

A plaque of the U.S. Defense Department seal
A plaque of the U.S. Defense Department seal

Pentagon Rolls Out Defense Strategy Amid War in Europe

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has forced the Pentagon to tweak its China-focused approach.

Chinese naval base in Djibouti
Chinese naval base in Djibouti

Fears of a Chinese Naval Base in West Africa Are Overblown

Reports about a possible Atlantic base reveal more about Washington’s military priorities than Beijing’s.

Russian hypersonic missiles fly over a military parade.
Russian hypersonic missiles fly over a military parade.

The Pentagon Wants to Ruin China’s ‘Sputnik Moment’

Microwaves and turbulent air could kill China’s hypersonic missiles on the cheap.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S President Joe Biden during their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva on June 16, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S President Joe Biden during their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva on June 16, 2021.

Biden Set for Putin Call to Ease Ukraine Standoff

The United States is demanding that Russia roll back more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s border.

Indian Army soldiers near the Line of Actual Control
Indian Army soldiers near the Line of Actual Control

Pentagon Worries About Chinese Buildup Near India

China’s new airports and highways near the border have put officials on edge.

Yemeni army reinforcements arrive.
Yemeni army reinforcements arrive.

Congress Must Halt Biden’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. president is reneging on his campaign promises in an effort to appease Riyadh. A bipartisan team of lawmakers can stop him.

A U.S. soldier prepares Ukrainian soldiers for an exercise in ambush tactics at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in Starychi, Ukraine, on July 26. The advisors from Task Force Raven are working to improve Ukraine's defense capabilities against a potential military threat from Russia.
A U.S. soldier prepares Ukrainian soldiers for an exercise in ambush tactics at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in Starychi, Ukraine, on July 26. The advisors from Task Force Raven are working to improve Ukraine's defense capabilities against a potential military threat from Russia.

Biden Is Running Out of Time to Help Ukraine Fend Off Russia

Kyiv’s pleas for more U.S. guns to hold off Moscow have prompted a political knife fight in Washington.

A passenger arriving from South Africa is tested for COVID-19 at Schiphol airport on Dec. 2 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
A passenger arriving from South Africa is tested for COVID-19 at Schiphol airport on Dec. 2 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The World Is Starting to Doubt Biden’s Promise That ‘America Is Back’

From omicron restrictions to the Iran deal and the democracy summit, Washington is making questionable calls that don’t inspire confidence in U.S. leadership.

A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.
A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.

Pentagon Quietly Puts More Troops in Taiwan

Deeper U.S. engagement comes as the wisdom of strategic ambiguity is increasingly questioned.

U.S. seaman Xi Chan in the Taiwan Strait
U.S. seaman Xi Chan in the Taiwan Strait

The U.S. Is Getting Taiwan Ready to Fight on the Beaches

Biden continues Trump’s “porcupine strategy” to harden the island’s defenses.

Members of the military band rehearse.
Members of the military band rehearse.

The Pentagon Wants to Talk About China’s Nukes

China prepares to fight and win a war against the United States, the U.S. Defense Department said in its annual review.

US army soldiers arrive at Morocco's Agadir military airport on June 9, 2021 to take part in the "African Lion" military exercise.
US army soldiers arrive at Morocco's Agadir military airport on June 9, 2021 to take part in the "African Lion" military exercise.

Ready to Fight Tonight? Not So Much, Some Army Troops Say

The U.S. military might not be as ready for a war with China or Russia as it lets on.

The Pentagon is seen from the air over Washington, D.C., on Aug. 25, 2013.
The Pentagon is seen from the air over Washington, D.C., on Aug. 25, 2013.
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