Military

U.S. Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan delivers remarks at the 35th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on April 9. (Department of Defense photo by Lisa Ferdinando)

The Trials of Patrick Shanahan

After months of uncertainty, Trump’s acting defense secretary is making his presence felt inside the administration.

James Rebhorn bowls at the Second Stage Theatres 19th Annual All-Star Bowling at Leisure Time Bowling Lanes on February 6, 2006 in New York, New York. (Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

If You Bowl Alone, You Can’t Fight Together

National security depends on a vanishing sense of community.

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on April 26. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley)

Will Congress Let Trump Build More Nuclear Weapons?

The administration and Capitol Hill are on a collision course over the future of U.S. nukes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at The Kremlin in Moscow on April 8.

It’s Not Too Late to Stop Turkey From Realigning With Russia

Strains in U.S.-Turkish relations are leading Erdogan into Putin’s embrace. Smart diplomacy and defense assistance can bring America’s NATO ally back into the fold.

Freshman Congressman Michael Waltz, a combat-decorated Green Beret, represents Florida’s 6th congressional district. (Rep. Waltz's website)

‘The 21st-Century Space Race Is On’

Michael Waltz, Congress’s first Green Beret, talks about the new Space Force and America’s budding commercial launch industry.

Carl Muscarello and Edith Shain, who claim to be the nurse and sailor in the famous photograph taken on V-J Day, kiss next to a sculpture based on the photograph in Times Square to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II on Aug. 14, 2005 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Nostalgia Is a National Security Threat

By idealizing the past, Americans have made themselves unsafe in the present.

US soldiers stand next to coffins bearing the remains of missing soldiers from the Vietnam War on a military transport plane during a repatriation ceremony at Danang airport on April 15, 2018. (Linh Pham/AFP/Getty Images)

Americans Can’t Give Up The Cult of War

The endless conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East are ritual, not strategy.

Commander of U.S. Southern Command Craig Faller, testifies during a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 7. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Military Wary of China’s Foothold in Venezuela

The head of U.S. Southern Command says Beijing is using disinformation and debt diplomacy to dig in as Maduro clings to power.

Finnish F-18 Hornet planes at Rovaniemi airport during a joint exercise between the Finnish and the Swedish air forces over the Arctic Circle on March 25, 2019.

Scandinavia Won’t Be Russia’s Next Target

Mikheil Saakashvili’s country was a victim of Putin’s aggression. Finland and Sweden won’t be.

A domestic constructed guided missile corvette ship launches flares during a drill at sea near the naval port in Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Jan. 27, 2016. (Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Scare Tactics Prompt U.S. Fears of a Clash Over Taiwan

American military officials in the Pacific worry that U.S. and Chinese interests could collide in the island democracy.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  talks with soldiers as he stands near a naval Iron Dome defense systeminstalled on a Sa'ar 5 Lahav Class corvette of the Israeli Navy fleet, in the northern  port of Haifa on Feb. 12.

China Is Spying On Israel to Steal U.S. Secrets

Benjamin Netanyahu ignored the intelligence operations of Beijing and Moscow for too long. Now, the Israeli government is finally paying attention, but it could be too late.

Pakistan Air Force cadets march next to the mausoleum of the country’s founder, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, to mark Defense Day in Karachi on Sept. 6, 2018. (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

Poor Nation, Rich Army

This Republic Day, Pakistan should consider why it remains underdeveloped as its military booms.

Idaho Army National Guard and Montana Army National Guard Soldiers from the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team conduct a live-fire exercise with Royal Thai Army Soldiers at the Cavalry Center in Thailand’s Saraburi province on Aug. 28, 2018. (Department of Defense Photo)

A Rising China Is Driving the U.S. Army’s New Game Plan in the Pacific

New missiles and large-scale exercises part of long-term strategy to deter Beijing.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) leaves after an inspection of a mock-up F35A fighter  during a review ceremony at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Hyakuri air base Ibaraki prefecture on Oct. 26, 2014.

The Japanese Air Force Needs an Upgrade

Faced with China’s increasing aggression, Japan must invest in fifth-generation fighter jets to deter Beijing’s expansion.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan attends a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Washington on March 14. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Pentagon’s Empty Throne

Patrick Shanahan, America’s longest-serving acting defense secretary, faces an increasingly hostile Senate.

An image grab taken from the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) on Feb. 4, 2008 shows a large rocket fired from the country's first space center in a desert in northern Semnan province. (AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Is Mastering the Final Frontier

Tehran’s military is advancing ever farther into outer space—and the threat is bigger than Washington is letting on.

Russian Defense Ministry officials show off the Russia's 9M729 cruise missile at the military Patriot Park outside Moscow on Jan. 23. (Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Begins Work on New Missiles as Trump Scraps Treaty With Russia

Some worry the deployment of these weapons could spark a nonnuclear missile race.

Then-U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Vice President Mike Pence listen while President Donald Trump speaks to the press before a meeting in the Pentagon in Washington on Jan. 18, 2018. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

At Trump’s Pentagon, Empty Offices Are the New Normal

The problem has worsened since James Mattis left the U.S. Defense Department.

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