Military

Gordon Adams

Facing Reality at the Pentagon

Washington is clearly insane. But have military planners finally come to grips with the sequester?

Gordon Adams |

Argument

Strings Attached

How politics and fear threaten a new global effort to combat terrorist recruitment.

Will McCants |

Jeffrey Lewis

Poison Control

Why can't we get rid of nukes the same way we got rid of chemical weapons?

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

After Kayani

The man who kept Pakistan together is retiring. Now what?

Arif Rafiq |

Report

Ash Carter Tells Pentagon Boss, 'It's Time for Me to Go'

Flournoy, Kendall are seen as leading successors.

Gordon Lubold |

Interview

The Name's Bond, Larry Bond

Meet the man who inspired Tom Clancy and The Hunt for Red October.

Michael Peck |

Dispatch

Desert Fury

Is the Egyptian military's scorched-earth campaign in Sinai just creating a new generation of terrorists?

Louisa Loveluck |

By Other Means

Consider the Duck-Rabbit

How this Wittgenstein sketch explains the Somalia SEAL raid.

Rosa Brooks |

David Rothkopf

The Power Paradox

Why America can only be great by being unexceptional.

David Rothkopf |

Micah Zenko

The Known Unknowns of Counterterrorism Ops

When it comes to assessing the success of the war on terror, there's a lot we just don't know.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Cut-Rate Counterterrorism

Why America can no longer afford to outsource the war on al-Shabab.

Bronwyn Bruton |

Argument

The Guns of October

I played every game about the Yom Kippur War, so you don't have to. Here's what I learned.

Michael Peck |

By Other Means

The Failure of Impasse

From Vietnam to Syria, the appalling history of U.S. efforts to end wars by creating stalemate.

Rosa Brooks |

Terms of Engagement

'Everyone Is Scared of ISIS.'

Can anyone stop the radicalization of Syrian rebels?

James Traub |

Report

Gun Shy in Seoul

Sixty years later, South Korea still isn't ready to take full control of its own defense.

Gordon Lubold |

Marc Lynch

A Partial Syria Reset

Obama's diplomatic solution might not stop Assad's war, but it's far better than what airstrikes would have accomplished.

Marc Lynch |

Micah Zenko

The Soldier and the State Go Public

Civil-military relations haven't been this bad in decades.

Micah Zenko |

Argument

The Syrian Disconnect

It's not just that Americans don't want to go to war against Assad -- it's that they know America's not good at going to war anymore.

John Norris |

Rebuttal

Keep Cutting Nukes

Four reasons why presidents have pushed for nuclear cuts for decades -- and why there's no reason to stop now.

Tom Z. Collina |

Gordon Adams

Shots Fired

The battles over a drawdown at the Pentagon may have begun, but senior leadership is still prioritizing politics over hard budget realities.

Gordon Adams |

Micah Zenko

Responsibility to Protect?

Why none of the plans for intervening in Syria actually tries to save civilians.

Micah Zenko |

Gordon Adams

Get Real

The House proposal to keep defense spending down is a big deal -- and a reality check for the Pentagon.

Gordon Adams |

Report

Bad Manners

The seven-decade-old slight that still poisons U.S.-China relations.

Rana Mitter |

Rational Security

Saving Syria -- and Ourselves

America needs to plot a middle path for military intervention.

John Arquilla |

Dispatch

The Ghosts of Benghazi

Did the killing of the U.S. ambassador a year ago cast a curse on the city he loved?

Christopher Stephen |

Argument

Step Up in Syria, Mr. President

It's not just about chemical weapons -- it's about stopping a brutal dictator's war.

Fuad Siniora |

Dispatch

The Hunted

As Egypt's military government cracks down on the Muslim Brotherhood with unprecedented force, the defiant are going underground.

Bel Trew |

Reality Check

Can Obama Afford Not to Bomb Syria?

The White House seems to be confusing the least bad option with a strategic necessity.

Aaron David Miller |

Terms of Engagement

You Got a Better Idea?

The case for bombs, talks, and everything else in Syria.

James Traub |