Weapons

Russian soldiers load an Iskander-M missile launcher during a military exercise at a firing range in Ussuriysk, Russia on Nov. 17, 2016. (Yuri Smityuk/TASS/Getty Images)

Russia’s Conventional Weapons Are Deadlier Than Its Nukes

Withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty would take the United States one step forward and many steps back on international security.

A Russian flag flies next to the U.S. Embassy building in Moscow on Oct. 22. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Not Too Late to Save the INF Treaty

No one should dismiss lightly an agreement that has helped keep the United States and its allies safe for a generation.

An MQ-9 Reaper drone is parked in a hanger at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2015. (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

Trump’s Push to Boost Lethal Drone Exports Reaps Few Rewards

Sources say the U.S. Defense Department is stubbornly resisting the new rules.

U.S. President Donald Trump joins dancers with swords at a welcome ceremony ahead of a banquet at the Murabba Palace in Riyadh on May 20, 2017.

Trump Thinks He’s Helping the U.S.-Saudi Relationship. He’s Hurting It.

By avoiding a credible investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, dismissing CIA findings, and failing to take advantage of his negotiating leverage, the American president has imperiled the future of an important strategic alliance.

Lassina Zerbo, the executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, in Vienna on Sept. 28, 2017. (Leonhard Foeger/Reuters)

The Arms Control Believer

Lassina Zerbo isn’t letting the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty go.

(Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy)

A Million Mistakes a Second 

Ultrafast computing is critical to modern warfare. But it also ensures a lot could go very wrong, very quickly. 

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.

An F-35A gets ready to drop a weapon over the Sea Test Range in Point Mugu, California, on Aug. 12, 2016. (Chad Bellay/Lockheed Martin)

The Countries Where F-35 Sales Are Taking Off

Tracking the growing global fleet of stealth fighters.

South Korean soldiers participate in decontamination training.   (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

Nukes Aren’t the End of North Korea’s Arsenal

Any deal needs to remember Pyongyang's range of deadly programs.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari arrive for a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House on April 30, 2018.

An Arms Deal Won’t Heal What Ails Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s president is trying to prove he can get from Washington what his predecessor couldn’t, but it might not be enough to get him re-elected.

Jordan’s Chinese CH-4 drone on display at this year’s SOFEX arms show.
(Sharon Weinberger/Foreign Policy)

China Has Already Won the Drone Wars

Chinese companies are proving that America is not first in the UAV export market. Can Trump roll that back?

A visitor passes by a picture displaying the mushroom cloud when the atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 5, 2004. (Junko Kimura/Getty Images)

How AI Could Destabilize Nuclear Deterrence

A new Rand Corp. report finds artificial intelligence could increase the risk of nuclear war.

Portraits of the Russian and Syrian presidents are displayed at the government-held Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus on April 3. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

How Social Media Built the Case for Trump’s Strike on Syria

Evidence of chemical weapons used to require a chain of custody. Now, open-source intelligence is often enough.

A man walks past abandoned shells on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on April 16. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Was Right to Strike Syria

But he needs a more coherent strategy in the Middle East.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr, the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefs the press on the strikes against Syria at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on April 14. 2018. 
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Syrian Chemical Weapons Prompts Missile Volley From Trump

U.S. is “locked and loaded” for more strikes, but only if Assad uses chemical weapons.

The X-43A hypersonic research aircraft is launched from the B-52B launch aircraft. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

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.

A photo from Christopher Daniels' Facebook page dated Dec. 9, 2017.

Is a Court Case in Texas the First Prosecution of a ‘Black Identity Extremist’?

The FBI is looking for terrorists. Civil rights advocates say it is targeting people engaged in free speech.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hugs Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a press conference at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

Modi and Bibi Are Brothers in Arms

India and Israel won’t let ideology get in the way of booming bilateral trade.

An activists hold up flares during an anti-corruption protest in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, on July 11, 2017. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ukraine Needs U.S. Help to Fight Corruption

Domestic reforms are just as important as defending against Russian aggression.

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