Military

A United States Air Force F-35B Lightning II fighter jet performs an aerial display during the Singapore Airshow media preview on Feb. 9.

Why the United States Shouldn’t Sell Jets to the UAE

Selling F-35s to the United Arab Emirates could give Russia access to U.S. technology and erode Israel’s regional military edge.

Hodan Osman on Harvard University’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on May 16, 2018.

Can One Woman Fix a Failed State?

Hodan Osman couldn’t stamp out Somalia’s endemic corruption. But she made sure the country’s soldiers got paid.

Members of the South Korean Navy

North Korea Kills, Torches South Korean Civilian in Bizarre Maritime Incident

The confusing affair could make it even harder for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to continue warming up to the North.

Aircraft mechanics repair a harrier jet on deck the USS Bonhomme Richard after the formal opening of the annual  Philippine-U.S. Amphibious Landing Exercises program  on Oct. 8, 2012.

How Far Should the U.S. Go to Counter China?

From Pacific bases to the Himalayas, Washington and Beijing are facing off.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, on Jan. 27, 2017.

This Election Has Become Dangerous for the U.S. Military

Trump is losing support among the troops. That’s just one reason why the military risks getting sucked into the campaign.

U.S. President Donald Trump salutes graduating West Point cadets.

Trump Has Mocked the U.S. Military His Whole Life

Egged on by his father, the U.S. president began expressing contempt for Americans who fight in wars as far back as high school, his classmates say.

A Pakistan Army personnel looks on during the opening of a trade route project at the Gwadar port in Pakistan on Nov. 13, 2016.

The Pakistan Army’s Belt and Road Putsch

The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is growing—and so is the role of the Pakistan Army.

A U.S.-made F-16V

Taiwan’s Military Has Flashy American Weapons but No Ammo

A young soldier’s suicide reveals the disastrous logistics of an undersupplied army.

Workers put final touches on a model of a Rafale fighter jet ahead of the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan 22.

Rafale Jets Won’t Save India’s Air Force

Thanks to decades of underinvestment, the force has lost its edge over its increasingly aggressive rivals. A few more planes won’t fix that.

A U.S. serviceman bids farewell to his friend prior to the departure of a detachment of U.S. military police by train from the Coleman Barracks in Mannheim, Germany to Bosnia via Hungary in 1995.

Auf Wiedersehen to a Mostly Successful, Sometimes Rocky Arranged Marriage

From economic woes to racial strife, America’s troop presence in Germany hasn’t always been easy. But it always made an impact.

Taiwanese sailors on the deck of a supply ship after taking part in military drills at the Tsoying naval base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Jan. 31, 2018.

Arm Taiwan—but Skip the Nukes

As the military balance of power shifts in China’s favor, Beijing may be increasingly tempted to act against Taiwan.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks to the media to present the Bundeswehr's new volunteer service program on July 23, in Berlin.

Ask What You Can Do for Your Country

Western countries need national service programs, and Germany is leading the way.

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) greets members of the House Armed Services Committee before testifying to the committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill February 26 in Washington, DC. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs Robert Hood is in the background.

Pentagon Legislative Chief Calls It Quits

Robert Hood’s departure leaves the U.S. Defense Department at a high-water mark for vacancies under the Trump administration.

Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Is Sri Lanka Becoming a De Facto Junta?

In under a year, Gotabaya Rajapaksa—the former defense secretary-turned-president—has bent the democracy to its breaking point.

European Council President Donald Tusk, U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a working session in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019, the second day of the annual G-7 Summit.

Will America’s Alliances Survive the Trump Era?

A new book advances a robust defense of the U.S. system of alliances. A post-pandemic world requires adaptation and renewed coordination against common threats.

A displaced Syrian woman

Guilt by Location

Around the world, security forces use forced displacement as a means of sorting populations. To fix the global displacement crisis, it’s critical to understand how and why they do it.

Pakistan Army and Coronavirus

In Pakistan, the Army Tightens Its Grip

As military expenditure soars in Pakistan despite an unprecedented economic catastrophe, Khan’s power looks to be waning.

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