How Biden Will—and Won’t—Battle the Pentagon
What the new president really thinks about the military—and what the military really thinks about him.
A Masterful Account of America’s Doomed Afghanistan Mission
Wesley Morgan’s “The Hardest Place” is embedded reporting at its finest.
It’s Time to Prepare for U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan
There are no good choices, but staying on is the worst.
The End of the Fighting General
America’s top brass should abandon dreams of battlefield glory—and focus on paperwork instead.
Pentagon Official Says U.S. Hypersonic Weapons Research Underfunded
Amid reports of a new Russian missile, DARPA's chief says the United States lacks infrastructure.
DARPA Wants Mobile Technologies to Combat Small Drones
The U.S. military needs better tech to fight store-bought drones.
The Graveyard of Empires and Big Data
The Pentagon's secret plan to crowdsource intelligence from Afghan civilians turned out to be brilliant — too brilliant.
The Brainbelt Awakening
It’s time to stop championing the "lonely heroes" of innovation like Apple, Google, and Amazon and rally around the ingenuity of the world’s waning industrial communities.
This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain as a Weapon.
Cutting-edge brain technologies can erase traumatic memories and read people’s thoughts. They could also become the 21st century’s most dangerous weapons.