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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on Oct. 16.  (Leah Millis/Pool/AFP)

All Alone Now, the Saudis Will Entice Trump with Big Contracts

The president doesn’t seem to realize that the embattled crown prince needs American weapons and knowhow more than the U.S. needs Saudi investments.

The Pentagon is seen from the air over Washington, D.C., on Aug. 25, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Many U.S. Weapons Systems Are Vulnerable to Cyberattack

Government watchdog says the Pentagon has not taken the threat seriously enough.

Japanese soldiers storm a beach in the Philippines on the South China Sea in joint military exercises with U.S. and Filipino troops on Oct. 6. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. Puts Money Where Its Mouth Is on China

The military’s funding boost is aimed at deterring Beijing, but a budget fight could jeopardize the strategy.

Soldiers of the 21st Motorized Infantry Brigade patrol in the streets of Buea, Cameroon on April 26, 2018.

The United States Can Stop Cameroon’s Brutal Crackdown

Washington must not ignore atrocities against the country’s Anglophones. It should use existing U.S. laws to force an end to the violence.

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The Return of the Pentagon’s Yoda

Can Andrew Marshall, the U.S. military’s longtime oracle, still predict the future?

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Why the Military Must Learn to Love Silicon Valley

The U.S. Defense Department and big tech need each other—but getting along won’t be easy

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Words of War

Decrypting nine new military programs that will change the face of battle.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. (Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images)

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.

TOPSHOT - Brazilian Air Force pilots on Super Tucano airplanes perform aerobatics during the F-Air Colombia 2017 air festival at the Jose Maria Cordova airport in Rionegro, Antioquia department, on July 13, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / JOAQUIN SARMIENTO        (Photo credit should read JOAQUIN SARMIENTO/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May, and other leaders gather during a NATO summit on May 25, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium. (Stefan Rousseau - Pool/Getty Images)

Ahead of NATO Summit, U.S. President Exhorts Allies to Pay Up

European officials worry that Trump could roil yet another international summit.

Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces and future U.S. president, General Dwight D. Eisenhower (L) with British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (R), his deputy commander, in an unknown location in June 1944 after Allied forces stormed the Normandy beaches.

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.

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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.

Lines of vehicles ready for a combat logistics patrol alongside American forces and Afghan National Army on Operation Herrick 11, which carried essential supplies from Camp Bastion to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in a 100-vehicle convoy. (Ben Birchall/PA Images/Getty Images)

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.

CIA director nominee Gina Haspel attends the ceremonial swearing-in of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the State Department on May 2, 2018 in Washington, DC. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Security Brief: Haspel Nomination Fight, Iran Deal Deadline Looms

Gina Haspel wanted to withdraw her nomination before the White House prevailed upon her.

A U.S. Army helicopter flies from Camp Shorab to Camp Bost on Sept. 11, 2017 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

 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.

Congressional candidates Elissa Slotkin, Gina Ortiz Jones, Regina Bateson, Sarah Jacobs, Tom Malinowski, and Andy Kim. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images/Ana Isabel Photography/Regina Bateson campaign/Tom Malinowski campaign/Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Andy Kim campaign/Foreign Policy illustration)

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.

National Security Advisor John Bolton listens to President Donald Trump speak during a cabinet meeting at the White House on April 9.
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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.

A Yemeni child looks out on buildings damaged in an airstrike in the southern Yemeni city of Taez on March 18. (Ahmad Al-Basha)

Senators Demand Answers From Trump Team on Yemen

Administration officials defended their position, but lawmakers weren’t happy with their answers.

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