Military

Taiwanese soldiers run through colored smoke during an exercise at a military base in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, on Jan. 15.

Taiwan’s Military Is a Hollow Shell

The end of conscription has left the army critically undermanned.

Troops stand near an F-35 while they listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on board the USS Wasp in Yokosuka, Japan, on May 28, 2019.

2 Easy Ways to Shrink America’s Overseas Footprint

Cutting dysfunctional programs offers a start to ending American primacy.

A U.S. aircraft carrier and destroyers in the Strait of Hormuz on Nov. 19, 2019.

Navy Prepares to Slash Funding for New Warships

The Pentagon says if flat budgets continue it will need to rely on smaller, possibly unmanned ships.

Three Iraqi Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons

Iraqi F-16s Could Be in Jeopardy Amid Iran Tensions

Sensitive U.S. technology feared vulnerable to Iranian-backed militias after contractors evacuate Balad air base.

U.S. Navy Vice Adm. James Malloy speaks during the International Maritime Security Construct opening ceremony in Manama, Bahrain, on Nov. 7, 2019.

Trump’s Curious Multilateralism

His administration may end up besting its predecessors’ records in bringing partners together in the Persian Gulf.

U.S. soldiers in Senegal

U.S. Officials Worry Looming Military Cuts in Africa Are ‘About Politics’

Pentagon eyes reducing its footprint in the region as terrorist groups expand in the Sahel.

A view of the damage at Ain al-Assad military air base

More U.S. Troops Treated for Concussion Symptoms as Trump Downplays ‘Headaches’

Veterans criticize president for dismissing possibility that U.S. personnel suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran missile strike.

A pilot grasps a flight control and weapons firing stick while preparing to launch a U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle, from a ground control station at a secret air base in the Persian Gulf region on Jan. 7, 2016.

The Killer Algorithms Nobody’s Talking About

Activists fret about armies relying on killer robots, but some forms of artificial intelligence that don’t actually pull the trigger could still be a nightmare

Taiwanese navy personnel salute during a drill near the Suao naval harbor in Yilan, eastern Taiwan, on April 13, 2018.

Taiwan Needs More Than Election Victories to Fend Off China

The growing threat from the mainland can only be deterred by a public willing to make sacrifices.

Demonstrators marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown confront police during a protest along West Florissant Street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 11, 2015.

The Global Policeman Will Always Shoot People

Suleimani’s killing shows U.S. police and military power can’t be separated.

U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, then-head of U.S. Central Command, testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 27, 2018.

‘We Will Have to Wait and See if Iran Is Done’

Former Centcom commander says the United States would be mistaken to take Iran’s word that it does not seek escalation.

U.S. forces stand guard on the roof of the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Jan. 1.

For Now, U.S. Troops Are Likely in Iraq to Stay

While they’re there, the United States should refocus the partnership toward making the Iraqi Army more self-sufficient. Here’s how.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks

Trump’s Defense Secretary Finds His Voice in Iran Crisis

Overshadowed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until now, the relative newcomer Mark Esper has played a central role in the U.S. response.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran

Flanked by Military Brass, Trump Backs Off War Footing

President announces he’s imposing new sanctions in response to Iranian missile strike.

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