National Security

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump board Marine One as they depart the White House in Washington on Jan. 20.

Advice to National-Security Republicans as Biden Takes Office

Republicans should start off on the right foot as we transition into the opposition.

Picture taken in January 1946 in London showing Eleanor Roosevelt attending a United Nations meeting.

After a Century of Lobbying, Women Are Finally Getting Top Jobs in Washington

Instead of talking about “binders full of women,” the new president has appointed several key female leaders in the national security agencies—but the U.S. government is still a long way from gender parity.

Gen. Lloyd Austin prepares to testify before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on Sept. 16, 2015.

Now Is a Bad Time to Weaken Civilian Control Over the Military

Biden’s nomination of a retired general to head the Pentagon reinforces a dangerous trend. His confirmation must come with concrete safeguards.

U.S. President Donald Trump steps out of the White House in Washington, DC, on June 5.

The Coming Republican Reckoning With Trump’s Legacy

Rebuilding Republican credibility in national security will require an honest look at Trumpism—and a return to our party’s foreign-policy principles.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivers a Thanksgiving address at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 25.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Why Biden could lose the left, the peril of persuasion in the Big Tech age, and old rivals join forces in Kashmir.

National Security Advisor nominee Jake Sullivan speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 24.

Report Sheds Light on How Biden’s Future NSC Chief Wants to Reshape U.S. Foreign Policy

Jake Sullivan spent several years working on a less ambitious approach to U.S. global interests that could disappoint both internationalists and progressives.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks at an event in Las Vegas.

Kamala Harris Taps Ex-Diplomat to Be Her National Security Advisor

Nancy McEldowney is one of several former senior foreign service officers expected to join the senior ranks of the new U.S. administration.

Then-US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures next to Then-US Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Linda Thomas-Greenfield before their bilateral talks with Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (not pictured) at the State House in Nairobi on August 22, 2016.

In Break From Trump, Biden Opts for Experience, Expertise for Top National Security Jobs

The U.S. president-elect laid out most of his national security team even as more Republicans abandoned Trump and his legal battles over the election results.

U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to present the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Thomas P. Payne on September 11, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

Will Trump Try to Bomb Iran Before He Leaves the White House?

This is a lame-duck presidency unlike any other and the potential for surprises—and conflict—are high.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden after receiving a briefing from the COVID-19 transition advisory board in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 9.

The National Security Risks of Trump’s Temper Tantrum

Refusing to concede and start the transition creates mostly hindrances, not disasters. But on key issues, obstructing Biden puts America in danger.

U.S. President Donald Trump tours a factory that produces medical masks.

Will Trump’s Case of COVID-19 Endanger U.S. National Security?

Officials are warily watching for adversaries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea to exploit the moment.

Voters cast ballots in the Michigan primary election in Detroit on March 10.

America’s Elections Are Under Threat—and Congress Is Being Bypassed

The Trump administration’s decision to scale back briefings on election security needs to be reversed. Here’s how to do it.

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware on July 28.

Why We Joined Over 70 Former Republican National Security Officials to Support Biden

A Trump empowered with a second term would be a threat to the United States, especially in Asia.

Brent Scowcroft testifies during a hearing before the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology on Feb. 8, 2012.

Scowcroft Trusted America

Washington’s honest broker built a National Security Council that placed a lot of power in the hands of a trusted few—despite the chance that those hands might belong to someone like Trump.

A portrait of Brent Scowcroft in the offices of a midtown law firm in New York City on Feb. 4, 1988.

Brent Scowcroft, Former U.S. National Security Advisor, Dies at 95

A key foreign-policy guide to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, Scowcroft helped shape the National Security Council as we now know it.

A man walks through the U.S. Capitol Rotunda

The U.S. Is a Haven for Money Laundering. That Might Be About to Change.

Tucked into the sprawling defense authorization bill are measures to create a corporate ownership registry, which would plug one of America’s glaring gaps.

John Ratcliffe testifies during his nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on May 5.

Trump’s New Director of National Intelligence Doesn’t Understand His Job

John Ratcliffe, a Trump loyalist without intelligence experience, sees his job as helping the president and undermining the intelligence community.

Members of the Broadway cast of 'Hamilton,' perform music from the production for President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and other guests in the East Room of the White House on March 14, 2016 in Washington.

Does ‘Hamilton’ Have All the Answers for U.S. Foreign Policy?

The Broadway musical offers lessons on everything from regime change to balancing ideals and interests.

Former national security officials are ditching their jobs in the Beltway to run for Congress.

Anguished by America’s Decline, More Foreign-Policy Wonks Run for Office

More national security experts are running for Congress in 2020 than in most past elections.