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Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready for Civil War

A significant portion of Americans seek the destruction of political authority. What if they succeed?

oe Biden addresses U.S. Air Force personnel.

The United States Can’t Afford Another Vague National Security Strategy

Americans need the government to level with them about the need to stand up to rivals like Russia and China—and the costs of failure.

Retired Sgt. Tom Swann wears a "lift the ban" armband to protest the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays in the military in Washington.

Fighting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Paved the Way for Gay Rights

A new book chronicles the arduous struggle for LGBTQ equality in the U.S. military.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias watches as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks after signing the renewal of a defense cooperation agreement at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 14.

Erdogan’s Belligerence Has U.S., Greece Expanding Ties

Growing military cooperation offers Washington a hedge against Ankara and Moscow.

Supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad wave a Syrian flag.

The Spy Who Could Have Saved Syria

An espionage thriller presents an alternative to former U.S. President Barack Obama’s failed policy toward the Assad regime.

A preventive medicine services sergeant administers a COVID-19 vaccine.

U.S. Army Failed to Warn Troops About COVID-19 Disinformation

Most soldiers said they weren’t told how to deal with Chinese and Russian propaganda.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Central Command chief Kenneth McKenzie

Pentagon Leaders Contradict Biden Over Troops in Afghanistan

Lawmakers raked Gen. Milley, Gen. McKenzie, and Defense Secretary Austin over the coals for the chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan.

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New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability

The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.

A U.S. soldier shoots in the air with his pistol while standing guard behind barbed wire as Afghans sit on a roadside near the military part of the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Aug. 20.

What Should Biden Have Done in Afghanistan?

Withdrawal was always bound to be chaotic, but wishful thinking, poor planning, and glacial bureaucracies have made a difficult situation worse.

U.S. soldiers stand guard behind barbed wire

A ‘Digital Dunkirk’ to Evacuate Afghan Allies

Veterans mobilize online to help Afghans fleeing the Taliban.

U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan

The United States Keeps Doing What It Can’t

The main lesson from the failed intervention in Afghanistan is about the dangers of self-delusion. Will anyone learn it?

Then-U.S. President Bill Clinton uses binoculars to look across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea with two U.S. soldiers during his trip to South Korea on July 11, 1993.

Seoul Isn’t Kabul

Withdrawing U.S. forces from South Korea is unlikely, but fresh thinking in Washington could lay the groundwork for a new security architecture on the peninsula.

Iran's then-Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (C) of the Taliban in Tehran on Jan. 31.

Why Iran Will Welcome the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

Tehran’s Shiite regime has strategic, economic, ideological, and ecological reasons for backing Sunni extremists.

People climb atop a plane at Kabul airport

‘I’m Furious. I Feel Helpless.’

American diplomats reckon with Afghanistan’s collapse.

Displaced Afghans from the northern provinces are evacuated from a makeshift camp in Shahr-e-Naw to various mosques and schools in Kabul on Aug. 12.

Afghan Government Collapses as Ghani Flees the Country

The United States evacuates its embassy while diplomats and aid officials brace for a new humanitarian catastrophe.

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