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.
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.
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.
How Far Should the U.S. Go to Counter China?
From Pacific bases to the Himalayas, Washington and Beijing are facing off.
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.
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.
The Pakistan Army’s Belt and Road Putsch
The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is growing—and so is the role of the Pakistan Army.
Taiwan’s Military Has Flashy American Weapons but No Ammo
A young soldier’s suicide reveals the disastrous logistics of an undersupplied army.
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.
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.
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.
Ask What You Can Do for Your Country
Western countries need national service programs, and Germany is leading the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.