Ideas

Let the Pride Flag Fly

Secretary Esper ’s clever rule that bans the Confederate flag needs a fix. Here’s how he can bring real equality to the Defense Department.

“. . . All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic”: An Open Letter to Gen. Milley

If the commander in chief attempts to ignore the election’s results, you will face a choice.

On Rare Earths, the Pentagon Is Making the Same Mistake Twice

Its investment in a California mining venture is pretty much exactly the wrong approach to securing access to vital materials.

The Defense Reforms Taiwan Needs

Taipei must stop buying the wrong weapons, restart work on its new strategy, and overhaul its reserve force.

How the Pandemic Defeated America

A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.

Trump Has Launched a Three-Pronged Attack on the Election

And it starts with undermining the U.S. Postal Service.

For Whom the Tok Tiks

TikTok could persist in many ways in America. None is good.

US Troops Should Withdraw from Syria, Not Protect Oil Companies

Keeping 500 troops in-country to help Delta Crescent Energy drill only hurts America’s national security.

The US Must Prepare to Respond to a Nuclear Disaster

As nuclear threats grow, the country needs a plan to coordinate, staff, and resource its response to the unthinkable.

Israel Needs Help Rebuilding Its Munitions Stockpile

The country’s ongoing campaign against Iran in Syria and Iraq has left it short of arms for a potential wider war.

Why Would Biden Pick Susan Rice?

His ticket doesn’t need another foreign-policy expert — nor another easy Obama-era target.

To Rebuild America’s Weakened Alliances, Heal Its Diplomatic Corps

To guide us through troubled waters, we need a competent, influential, and re-invigorated State Department.

The Coronavirus Is Never Going Away

No matter what happens now, the virus will continue to circulate around the world.

NATO Needs to Focus on the Black Sea

William of Ockham would like a word with those who worry more about a potential Russian invasion of the Baltics than ongoing interventions in the Balkans.

Like NATO, But for Economic Warfare

America’s alliances were built to address a Soviet military threat. The economic bullying that Beijing uses requires a different kind of collective self-defense.

Where the System May Break

A war-game exercise simulating the 2020 election unmasked some key vulnerabilities.