Women Look to 2020 to Break the National Security Glass Ceiling
Advocacy groups see the upcoming election as an opportunity to boost the number of women in senior positions.
Mattis’s Successor Signals He Wants to End the Pentagon’s Long Silence
Mark Esper is beefing up his media relations team. But is it too late?
In Rare Mongolia Stop, U.S. Defense Secretary Gets an Unusual Gift
Esper’s visit is designed to send a pointed signal to Mongolia’s neighbors: Russia and China.
Advocates Decry ‘Public Shaming’ of General’s Accuser
Critics call the treatment of Col. Spletstoser during confirmation hearings for Trump’s Joint Chiefs vice chair a setback for efforts to reform the way the military handles sexual assault.
In Overflowing Syrian Refugee Camps, Extremism Takes Root
The U.S. withdrawal could leave tens of thousands vulnerable to Islamic State indoctrination.
A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah
On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
F-35 Sales Are America’s Belt and Road
The United States uses the fighter jet program to further its own influence while leaving allies dependent.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas Need Each Other to Survive
Israel needs the Palestinian Authority’s security cooperation to avoid another intifada—and without security ties to Israel and the funding that comes with it, the PA could cease to exist.
Abiy Ahmed’s Reforms Have Unleashed Forces He Can No Longer Control
Ethiopia’s prime minister oversaw the chaotic release of thousands of prisoners, including many ethnonationalist militants. His amnesty may now be coming back to haunt him.
It’s Trump’s Fourth of July Now
The president’s military parade only furthers his vision of a dumbed-down America that may no longer be up to the task of global leadership.
Trump’s Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan Advances Despite China’s Protests
The news comes as Washington and Beijing agree to resume trade talks.
Fears Rise of an ISIS Comeback
The U.S. drawdown could provide a dangerous opening for the Islamic State to resurge.
The Military Aren’t Heroes or Villains. They’re Us.
The gap between soldiers and civilians is hurting democracies.
An Acting Secretary of Defense Isn’t Enough
Amid tensions between Washington and Tehran, the U.S. Department of Defense needs a Senate-confirmed leader.
America Has Been ‘Asleep at the Wheel’ on China’s Rare-Earth Threat
Rep. Chrissy Houlahan talks about new legislation that would require the Pentagon to ensure access to critical defense minerals.
Pompeo’s Hollow Plan to Beef Up Security in the Gulf
Experts are skeptical that U.S. allies will get on board.
Trump Nominates Army Secretary as Pentagon Chief
The president also announced he would promote Ryan McCarthy, a former Army ranger, to the top Army civilian slot.