Military

U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy listens during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 24, 2009.

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.

The Pentagon logo and an American flag are lit up in the briefing room of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Jan. 3, 2002.

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?

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper is presented a horse by Mongolia's defense minister, Nyamaagiin Enkhbold, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on Aug. 8.

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.

Soldiers stand on the deck of the Yimen Shan as the vessel participates in a naval parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy in the sea near Qingdao, in China’s eastern Shandong province, on April 23.

The Future of the PLA

How China will use its military might.

U.S. Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser confers with a colleague as U.S. Air Force Gen. John Hyten testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his appointment as the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington on July 30.

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.

A detained French woman who fled the Islamic State walks with her child at al-Hol camp for displaced people in northeastern Syria on Feb. 17.

In Overflowing Syrian Refugee Camps, Extremism Takes Root

The U.S. withdrawal could leave tens of thousands vulnerable to Islamic State indoctrination.

U.S. soldiers sweep through an abandoned house during heavy fighting in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 9, 2004.

A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah

On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. President Donald Trump stands with an F-35 on the South Lawn of the White House on July 23, 2018.

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.

A Palestinian policeman stands guard near a banner bearing portrait of Pope Francis and Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas displayed in the Church of Nativity, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on May 19, 2014.

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.

Members of the army carry a coffin covered with the Ethiopian flag in Addis Ababa on June 25, in preparation for the funeral service of the Chief of Staff of the Ethiopian National Defense Force, Seare Mekonnen, who was assassinated on June 22.

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.

A worker washes one of two M1A1 Abrams tanks that are loaded on rail cars at a rail yard in Washington on July 2.

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.

A fleet of Taiwan's F-16 fighter jets fly in formation over the eastern Hualien air base, Aug. 17, 2004.

Trump’s Fighter Jet Sale to Taiwan Advances Despite China’s Protests

The news comes as Washington and Beijing agree to resume trade talks.

A woman carries a bag containing her belongings at the Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp for displaced people in northeastern Syria on June 3.

Fears Rise of an ISIS Comeback

The U.S. drawdown could provide a dangerous opening for the Islamic State to resurge.

Members of the Arizona National Guard listen to instructions on April 9, 2018, at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix.

The Military Aren’t Heroes or Villains. They’re Us.

The gap between soldiers and civilians is hurting democracies.

Acting U.S. Secretary of Defence Mark Esper in Brussels on June 27.

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.

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan speaks during a news conference in Washington on Jan. 29.

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Mohamed ben Zayed Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, in Abu Dhabi on June 24.

Pompeo’s Hollow Plan to Beef Up Security in the Gulf

Experts are skeptical that U.S. allies will get on board.

U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper, Army Undersecretary Ryan McCarthy, Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley and Army Vice Chief of Staff James McConville hold a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on July 13, 2018.

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.

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