Military

People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korean missile launch at the Seoul Station in Seoul on Oct. 2.

North Korean Missiles Just Keep Getting Better 

Pyongyang is using a diplomatic impasse to improve its weapons technology.

In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, a RIM-7P NATO Sea Sparrow missile launches from the USS Abraham Lincoln during an exercise on Aug. 13, 2007.

The U.S. Navy Isn’t Ready to Take On Iran

That’s why, for now, tough talk may remain just that.

Ukrainian service members ride atop armored personnel carriers with Javelin antitank missiles during a military parade in Kyiv on Aug. 24, 2018, to celebrate Ukraine's Independence Day.

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.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford hold a media briefing at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on Aug. 28.

In Muted Response to Iran Strikes, U.S. to Send Reinforcements to Saudi Arabia

Deployment will include missile defense capabilities and a “moderate” increase in troops.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House on March 20, 2018.

Trump Team Debates Response to Strikes on Saudi Oil

Pentagon is cautious as Riyadh requests additional U.S. forces.

Vice Adm. John Miller, the commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet, answers questions from sailors in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson on Jan. 26, 2015.

Former 5th Fleet Commander: Iran Attacks on Saudi Oil a ‘Significant Escalation’

Retired Vice Adm. John Miller says the United States and Saudi Arabia should ratchet up the war in Yemen to hit back at Iran.

Guy Snodgrass, a former Navy F/A-18 pilot, sued the Pentagon for dragging out a review of his upcoming book.

Former Mattis Aide at Center of Dispute Over Pentagon Transparency

Some contend that the department’s delay in approving his memoir was due to longstanding protocol, not ill will.

Indian Navy personnel march during the rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in New Delhi on Jan. 2.

Modi Reimagines the Indian Military

By announcing the creation of a chief of defense staff, New Delhi hopes to modernize India’s armed forces.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks during a bilateral meeting with Vice Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia Prince Khalid bin Salman at the Pentagon August 29, 2019 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Hollowed-Out Pentagon Begins to Staff Up

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is pushing to get key officials confirmed, but significant gaps remain.

This aerial view shows land reclamation work on the Henoko coastal district of Nago, Okinawa prefecture, on December 14, 2018, to build a new site for relocating a US military airbase.

American Bases in Japan Are Sitting Ducks

If Japan wants to stay under the U.S. umbrella, it needs to open up its military facilities.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks to members of the press during his first joint press conference at the Pentagon Briefing Room on Aug. 28.

In Defending Trump’s Border Wall, Esper Faces First Political Test

The new U.S. defense secretary must strike a balance between placating angry lawmakers and satisfying the White House.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a joint news conference following their talks on the sidelines of the MAKS 2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow on Aug. 27.

Putin Plays Erdogan Like a Fiddle

In the increasingly close relationship between the Russian and Turkish presidents, there’s one clear alpha.

The Space Shuttle Discovery is the backdrop as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a meeting of the National Space Council at the National Air and Space Museum's, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, in Chantilly, Virginia, on Aug. 20.

One Small Step for Trump’s Space Force

The United States officially resurrects U.S. Space Command, but the fight for a Space Force is not yet done.

A U.S. Marine prepares to launch an InstantEye quadcopter system on Aug. 12, 2018.

Pentagon Seeks to Counter China’s Drone Edge

As part of a broad effort to cut dependence on Chinese technology, the Defense Department is hoping to boost domestic production of small UASs.

An Israeli F-35 fighter jet performs during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli pilots at the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force base on June 27.

Is Iraq the New Front Line in Israel’s Conflict with Iran?

Nearly four decades after taking out Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor, Israel once again faces threats emanating from Iranian-backed militias in Iraq.

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.

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