Security Brief: Trump and Putin Meet in Helsinki; High-Flying News From a Big British Air Show; U.S. Army Steps into the Future
Catch up on everything you need to know about the Trump-Putin meeting, big air shows in Europe, and other top news.
Chinese Investment in the U.S. Tanks Amid Major Policy Crackdowns
With or without a trade war, Chinese foreign direct investment to the United States won’t stop tumbling anytime soon.
How War Went Retro and the Pentagon Was Left Behind
The U.S. military has been trying — and failing — to buy a simple counterinsurgency aircraft for more than 10 years. Here’s what went wrong.
Ahead of NATO Summit, U.S. President Exhorts Allies to Pay Up
European officials worry that Trump could roil yet another international summit.
Washington Needs a New Solarium Project To Counter Cyberthreats
President Eisenhower confronted the unprecedented nuclear threat of the 1950s with a novel exercise. The United States needs a similar approach to tackle today's cyber threats.
Fighter Sale to Turkey Could Pit Trump Against Congress
A battle is brewing over the transfer of F-35 fighter jets.
Two Years Later, No Amnesty for the GOP’s Never Trump Camp
Many remain critical, others have repented, but all are shut out from the Trump State Department.
Inside the Cutthroat World of Billion-Dollar Military Supply Contracts
A U.S. military vendor created a “ghost structure” to do business with Iran, yet the dollars keep rolling in.
Security Brief: Haspel Nomination Fight, Iran Deal Deadline Looms
Gina Haspel wanted to withdraw her nomination before the White House prevailed upon her.
The Afghan War Isn’t Being Won, Says New Pentagon Audit
A new summary of the country’s troubles by a special inspector general doesn’t paint an optimistic picture.
Can Obama’s National Security Braintrust Get Elected in the Age of Trump?
Foreign-policy alumni are trying to shake off the “D.C. insider” reputation and sail into Congress.
Bolton’s Pick for Deputy Could Roil Pentagon Relations
Mira Ricardel clashed with Defense Secretary James Mattis’s team in the early days of Trump’s presidency.
Senators Demand Answers From Trump Team on Yemen
Administration officials defended their position, but lawmakers weren’t happy with their answers.
James Mattis Is an Ancient Roman Action Hero
In dealing with President Trump, the defense secretary seems to have done his reading on Emperor Nero.
America’s Military Is Nostalgic for World Wars
The Pentagon is a bit too excited about the return of great-power rivalry.
Trump Administration Ready to Scrap Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition
With the Islamic State on the brink of military defeat, the State Department is poised to eliminate the office charged with coordinating the fight.
12 Depressing Previews of America’s Next War
Here’s hoping past performance isn’t an indicator of future success.
Mattis as defense secretary: What it means for us, for the military, and for Trump
After eight years at Foreign Policy, here are the ten most popular Best Defense posts.
The Pentagon’s Third Offset May Be Dead, But No One Knows What Comes Next
Experts say the U.S. advantage over China and Russia is eroding.
#MeToo Is All Too Common in National Security
I signed the letter, but didn’t think I deserved to be called a “survivor.” Until I started remembering the trail of abuse.