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US service members wait before deploying to Europe.
US service members wait before deploying to Europe.

U.S. Restraint Has Created an Unstable and Dangerous World

Decades of ignoring the menaces posed by Russia and China has led the West to a precipice.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva on June 16, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva on June 16, 2021.

Biden Is Still Worried About Poking the Russian Bear

“If that’s our attitude, we’re never going to win a war again, ever,” said one U.S. source familiar with the debate.

The remains of a police car in Somalia.
The remains of a police car in Somalia.

Somalia’s al Qaeda Branch Has Gotten ‘Bigger, Stronger, and Bolder’ Since U.S. Exit

As in Afghanistan, Trump’s decisions to withdraw have only emboldened terrorists.

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War-Gaming Taiwan: When Losing to China Is Winning

What military planners learn when they simulate a Chinese attack.

An RC-135V/W Rivet Joint aircraft leaves the runway Aug. 13, 2015 at Offutt AFB, Neb.
An RC-135V/W Rivet Joint aircraft leaves the runway Aug. 13, 2015 at Offutt AFB, Neb.

America’s Eyes in the Skies Over Ukraine

U.S. spy planes are keeping Putin’s buildup in the open—for now.

Uniformed soldiers wearing surgical face masks and holding weapons stand at attention.
Uniformed soldiers wearing surgical face masks and holding weapons stand at attention.

U.S. Security Assistance to Burkina Faso Laid the Groundwork for a Coup

Since 2009, the United States has supported the country’s military with funding, weapons, and training.

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past a U.S. flag.
A Ukrainian serviceman walks past a U.S. flag.

Lithuanian Lawmakers Call for Permanent U.S. Troop Presence

The country’s request has taken on renewed urgency amid Russia’s troop buildup.

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us-civil-war-foreign-policy-insurrection-january-6-matt-rota-illustration-HP

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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