Military

Engineers from the 937th Clearance Company prepare to place concertina wire on the Arizona-Mexico border wall on Dec. 1, 2018. (U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Corey Maisch)

Trump Declares National Emergency in ‘Slap in the Face to Military Families’

The president will divert billions that would have gone to military construction projects.

A view of the border wall between Mexico and the United States, in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico on Jan. 19, 2018.
(Herika Martinez/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump May Have $21 Billion in Military Funds Available for the Wall

The president plans to sign a federal spending bill and declare a national emergency to bankroll his long-promised border wall.

Sophia the Robot is seen onstage before a discussion by Hanson Robotics about Sophia's multiple intelligences and artificial intelligence at the RISE Technology Conference in Hong Kong on July 10, 2018. (Isaac Lawrence/AFP/Getty Images)

No, the Pentagon Is Not Working on Killer Robots—Yet

A strategy plan for using AI is more focused instead on firefighting and preventative maintenance.

U.S. President Donald Trump and then-Defense Secretary James Mattis attend a cabinet meeting in the White House on March 8, 2018. (Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)

Mattis Was the Best Secretary of Defense Trump Could Have Had

In grading him, we must adjust for the difficulty of the assignment.

Members of the U.S. Army 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, transport heavy combat equipment including Bradley Fighting Vehicles at the railway station near the Rukla military base in Lithuania on Oct. 4, 2014. (Petras Malukas/AFP/Getty Images)

Pentagon Seeks Massive Increase for ‘Slush Fund’ War Account

Contingency coffers could reach levels not seen since the Iraq surge.

The main antenna of a Chinese deep space ground station in the Neuquén province, Argentina. (Argentina Presidency of the Nation)

U.S. Military Warns of Threat From Chinese-Run Space Station in Argentina

Defense officials are worried about a remote compound Beijing says helped it land on the far side of the moon.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and representatives of both the Afghan government and the Taliban pose for a photo prior to international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on Nov. 9, 2018. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

As U.S. Mulls Withdrawal From Afghanistan, Russia Wants Back in

By holding its own peace talks, Moscow is laying the groundwork to play kingmaker.

Egyptian army commandos go through a hand-to-hand combat drill at their camp somewhere in the Saudi desert on Nov. 27, 1990. (MIKE SARGENT/AFP/Getty Images)

The U.S. Has Wasted Billions of Dollars on Failed Arab Armies

Military cooperation with Middle East allies can work—if Washington rethinks its premises.

A female mechanized infantry recruit guides her crew as they learn how to repair broken vehicle tracks in Boden, Sweden, on Sept. 12, 2018. (Teresa Fazio for Foreign Policy)

Stand at Attention and Bite the Bullet

The Swedish military had a #MeToo problem. They decided to do something about it.

The opposition leader Juan Guaidó speaks during a meeting with deputies, media, and supporters, organized by the National Assembly, at Plaza Bolívar de Chacao in Caracas on Jan. 25. (Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images)

Maduro’s Power in Venezuela Seems Stable, for Now

Despite the recognition by a wave of countries of the opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president, Maduro’s patronage of the military insulates him from the need to negotiate.

U.S. Marines with 3d Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, attached to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force, Crisis Response-Central Command, prepare to board an MV-22 Osprey on to a site near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, on Sept. 7, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Carlos Lopez)

U.S. Considering Plan to Stay in Remote Syrian Base to Counter Iran

The Trump administration could face legal issues maintaining a small force at al-Tanf.

Russian soldiers load an Iskander-M missile launcher during a military exercise at a firing range in Ussuriysk, Russia on Nov. 17, 2016. (Yuri Smityuk/TASS/Getty Images)

Russia’s Conventional Weapons Are Deadlier Than Its Nukes

Withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty would take the United States one step forward and many steps back on international security.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Missile Defense Review announcement at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Jan. 17. (Martin H. Simon - Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s Muscular New Plan to Fend Off Russian and Chinese Missiles

The U.S. president rolled out the most ambitious missile defense strategy since the end of the Cold War.

A Chinese People's Liberation Army guard of honor marches during a ceremony on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June, 26, 2000.

U.S. Increasingly Concerned About a Chinese Attack on Taiwan

The Pentagon says reunification is the primary driver of China’s military modernization.

National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump as he announces military action against Syria for an apparent gas attack on its civilians, at the White House on April 13, 2018. (Mike Theiler - Pool/Getty Images)

American Troops Die in Syria as Trump Team Squabbles

U.S. Syria policy is dogged by infighting and confusion.

U.S. President Donald Trump, center, with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, and Reggie Singh, the brother of a police officer who was allegedly killed by a man in the United States illegally, speaks during his visit to U.S. Border Patrol McAllen Station in McAllen, Texas, on Jan. 10. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Military Readies to Pay for Trump’s Border Wall

The Pentagon is looking through its accounts for spare change in case the president declares a national emergency.

U.S. Navy ships attached to the Ronald Reagan and John C. Stennis carrier strike groups transit the Philippine Sea during dual carrier operations on Nov. 18, 2018. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaila V. Peters/U.S. Navy)

Dear Pentagon: It’s Not How Big Your Budget Is. It’s How You Use It.

Arguments about defense spending should be focused on foreign policy and what the military actually wants to do.

The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing the tanker contract in 2011. (Boeing photo)

Boeing Finally Set to Deliver Years-Delayed Tanker to U.S. Air Force

The Air Force’s effort to buy a new refueling tanker is a long and sordid tale that dates back to 2001.

Eric Chewning, deputy assistant secretary of defense, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense (Aquisitions, Technology and Logistics), poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Feb. 2, 2018.  (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Alicia Brand)

Pentagon Industrial Policy Head Tapped for Chief of Staff

Acting defense secretary’s decision to tap Eric Chewning, who manages industrial policy for the Pentagon, is an olive branch to chief weapons buyer Ellen Lord.

U.S. Marines fire mortars in support of anti-Islamic State operations in Syria on Sept. 10, 2018. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Gabino Perez)

While Trump Sows Confusion, It’s Business as Usual for U.S. Troops in Syria

Despite the rhetoric in Washington, the United States continues to conduct air and artillery strikes—and has not yet sent troops home.

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