National Security

Dispatch

Can Radek Sikorski Save Europe?

Meet the Oxford-educated Polish foreign minister fighting to get a wishy-washy continent to stand up to Russia.

Michael Weiss |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Ukraine is feeling outmatched

Hagel's hotline to the Kremlin; Iraq's election today; Denny Blair debuts; Obama as Captain America; At the Pentagon, if it looks like an alligator… and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: The sanctions are coming, the sanctions are coming

Military muscle flexing in Asia; Hagel's approval rating low; Crash in Afg probably an accident; Assad to seek a third term; In China, the Big Ban Theory; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

COLUMN

COIN's Funeral

How the United States and NATO came to pursue the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan -- and why it might never be used again.

Whitney Kassel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: AF to look at bomber units

Will Obama tweak missile defense posture?; McCain, Flake furious about the VA; Blue Angels commander in hot water; Hagel brings the muscle; Marine regrets crucifying himself; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Exclusive

Exclusive: Air Force to Scrutinize Nuke Bomber Units Following Missile Scandal

The push underscores a fundamental question: Can the nuke force police its own?

Dan Lamothe |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: U.S. to resume aid to Egypt

Clapper's gag order; U.S. Troops to exercise in Eastern Europe; Nagl deals with a drug ring; Thumb-wrestling for Hagel, who is also wheels up today; McChrystal talks "career curveballs"; and a bit more.  

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Obama's drone war in Yemen

Biden to pledge support for Ukraine; Assad still using chems?; Possibly less than 10k in Afg; Dem gubernatorial candidate steps in it; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Ukraine: Moscow-run intel units fomenting unrest

Unkempt? New Army reg on hairstyles raise ire; Did Snowden mess up?; Abdullah Abdullah's lead widens; Donilon on the Asia Pivot: all good; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Do Russia-Ukraine peace talks stand a chance in Geneva?

Hagel meeting with Poland’s defense chief; An explosion of foreign fighters in Syria; and a bit more.

Dan Lamothe |

Argument

These Aren't the Drones You're Looking For

Why the Navy’s betting on the wrong robot airplane for future wars.

Paul Scharre |

Situation Report

FP’s Situation Report: Russian troops, or Ukrainian defectors?

A new Medal of Honor for Army veteran; New York Times piece explores ties between military and KKK; and a bit more.

Dan Lamothe |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Remembering the Boston Marathon bombing one year later

CIA chief quietly visits Ukraine; a top Marine touches the military benefits third rail; and a bit more.

Dan Lamothe |

Situation Report

FP’s Situation Report: The hunt for missing Flight 370 goes underwater

KKK links in Kansas shootings; U.S. diplomatic ‘brain drain’ in Afghanistan; Career anxiety at West Point; and a bit more.

Dan Lamothe |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Dems getting restless on Syria

Obama at Fort Hood; Hagel comes home; A dangerous legacy in Afg; The effort to build the Iron Man suit; Party like a four-star; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: How Washington turned its back on Darfur

Hagel in Beijing and a U.S.-China divide exposed; Fears of extremism and ethnic violence in Africa; Can you laugh at the military?; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: State, Pentagon clash over Syria intervention

USAID contractor announces a hunger strike in Havana; Another is arrested in Afg; Gun control an issue at the DoD; What do artists, bug splats and the drone war have in common?; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: On FP, the disturbing story of the U.N.'s failed peacekeeping mission in Darfur

A runoff likely in Afg., but election a signal of smoother relations; Hagel to send destroyers to Asia; LT says: "your soldiers will amaze you;" and a bit more. 

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: A runoff likely, but election a signal of smoother relations

Hagel to send destroyers to Asia; Today he's in Beijing; Reciprocation problems with China; LT says: "your soldiers will amaze you;" and a bit more.  

Gordon Lubold with Nathaniel Sobel |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Connecting the wrong dots on PTSD and Fort Hood

Karzai's got hand; Hagel is headed to Japan; Ash Carter to start talking; Iraqi wants the U.S. to take a stand; Carl Mundy, Jr. dies; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Argument

A Troubled Narrative

Post-traumatic stress is a concern for veterans, but it's not the whole story.

Phillip Carter |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Another insider attack raises new questions at Fort Hood

Profiler: "not snapping behavior;" MRAPs to Pakistan; The nuances of hiring "heroes;" No BOGs: How America can shape the world; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Breedlove to FP: a need to rethink U.S. posture in Europe

Kerry was against Pollard's release before he was for it; Hagel to meet with Malaysian counterpart; Is a U.S. sub already on the hunt for 370?; CMC takes notice of an op-Ed; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Russian troops pull back but what does it mean?

Hagel is wheels up for Hawaii, Asia; Hagel: who thinks tobacco is still healthy?; SitRep reaches 100,000 readers; George Little gets a promotion; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Only measured success on Ukraine political talks

Denny Blair to Sasakawa; Breedlove back to Europe; Why Asia Pacific countries are scared to share; Weapons spending creeps upward; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: An invasion of Ukraine increasingly likely, intel sources say

Hagel to speechify on cybersecurity today; HRC's Burma problem; Mabus: why Cruz is wrong on "algae fuels;" Why Air Force spouses will smile this weekend; and a bit more.

Gordon Lubold |

Dept Of Secrets

Vladimir Channels the Gipper

Putin's rationale for invading Crimea sounds a lot like Reagan's for invading Grenada.

Nate Jones |