Military

Taiwanese navy personnel salute during a drill near the Suao naval harbor in Yilan, eastern Taiwan, on April 13, 2018.

Taiwan Needs More Than Election Victories to Fend Off China

The growing threat from the mainland can only be deterred by a public willing to make sacrifices.

Demonstrators marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown confront police during a protest along West Florissant Street in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 11, 2015.

The Global Policeman Will Always Shoot People

Suleimani’s killing shows U.S. police and military power can’t be separated.

U.S. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, then-head of U.S. Central Command, testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 27, 2018.

‘We Will Have to Wait and See if Iran Is Done’

Former Centcom commander says the United States would be mistaken to take Iran’s word that it does not seek escalation.

U.S. forces stand guard on the roof of the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Jan. 1.

For Now, U.S. Troops Are Likely in Iraq to Stay

While they’re there, the United States should refocus the partnership toward making the Iraqi Army more self-sufficient. Here’s how.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks

Trump’s Defense Secretary Finds His Voice in Iran Crisis

Overshadowed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until now, the relative newcomer Mark Esper has played a central role in the U.S. response.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran

Flanked by Military Brass, Trump Backs Off War Footing

President announces he’s imposing new sanctions in response to Iranian missile strike.

An Iranian mourner holds a placard during the final stage of funeral processions for slain military commander Qassem Suleimani in his hometown of Kerman on Jan. 7.

Iran Launches Attack on U.S. Bases in Iraq

Hours after the strike, both Washington and Tehran showed signs they wanted to de-escalate.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, left, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley

Pentagon Bats Down Reports U.S. Is Leaving Iraq

Multiple outlets cited a letter that Defense Department leaders say was a “mistake.”

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley

Pentagon Chief Kept Tight Circle on Suleimani Strike

Sources say senior officials who would normally be consulted were left out of the loop.

Gen. David Petraeus

Petraeus Says Trump May Have Helped ‘Reestablish Deterrence’ by Killing Suleimani

The former U.S. commander and CIA director says Iran’s “very fragile” situation may limit its response.

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy John Rood

Pentagon’s Policy Chief Under Fire as Senior Officials Head for the Exits

Current and former officials point to John Rood as a major source of frustration in the U.S. Defense Department policy shop.

Candidate portraits by uli knörzer for Foreign Policy

For the 2020 Democrats, It’s America First, Too

The slate of Democratic candidates includes two Rhodes scholars, two ex-soldiers, and a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But don’t count on them to resurrect a Pax Americana.

U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Navy readiness in Washington on April 9.

Navy Secretary Clashed With Trump Long Before Gallagher

Spencer’s ouster followed months of tensions with the White House over cost overruns and other issues.

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