For the 2020 Democrats, It’s America First, Too
The slate of Democratic candidates includes two Rhodes scholars, two ex-soldiers, and a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But don’t count on them to resurrect a Pax Americana.
Navy Secretary Clashed With Trump Long Before Gallagher
Spencer’s ouster followed months of tensions with the White House over cost overruns and other issues.
Trump Battled the Navy. Here Are the Casualties.
Ten takeaways from the biggest civil-military crisis (so far) of the Trump administration.
Top U.S. General: It’s ‘Very Possible’ Iran Will Attack Again
The threat from Tehran continues to increase despite U.S. military buildup, U.S. Central Command’s Gen. Kenneth McKenzie says.
In Future Wars, the U.S. Military Will Have Nowhere to Hide
New technologies enable Russia and China to destroy U.S. bases and logistics networks—including those on the homeland.
With an Eye Toward China, Pentagon Weighs Slashing Global Hawk Drone
The surveillance aircraft on the chopping block is a variant of the type that Iran shot down this summer.
Trump Asks Tokyo to Quadruple Payments for U.S. Troops in Japan
The move is part of the administration’s campaign to get U.S. allies to pay more for defense. South Korea is also being asked to pony up.
Tired of U.S. Dependence, South Korea Seeks to Build—and Sell—Its Own Weapons
The military is turning its focus to domestic research and development and seeking to become a major arms supplier, and that is scaring North Korea.
Jokowi Offers Prabowo a Piece of the Pie
The new Indonesian defense minister is a threat to the president—and democracy.
Chinese Universities’ First Course Is Nationalism 101
Mandatory military training for students is becoming even more fiercely ideological.
Trump Wants U.S. Troops to Guard Syria’s Oil. The Kurds May Not Welcome Them.
After capitulating to U.S. demands for years, Syrian Kurdish leader Ilham Ahmed has some conditions of her own.
Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria
Photos of children show horrific burns caused by what looks like white phosphorus.
Defying Pentagon, Trump Endorses Turkish Operation in Syria
The move caught senior defense officials by surprise.
North Korean Missiles Just Keep Getting Better
Pyongyang is using a diplomatic impasse to improve its weapons technology.
Did Trump Leverage a Missile Sale to Ukraine for Political Gain?
This may not be the first time the Javelin antitank missile has been caught in the political crosshairs.