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Biden’s Nuclear Policy Fails the Ukraine Test

His administration’s Cold War-style thinking is missing a golden opportunity.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 112: The especially difficult history of America’s Black veterans

Two historians join us to share the forgotten stories of dozens of Black American veterans across eight decades of service.

The Supreme Court Targets Military Readiness

Former senior leaders are cautioning the Court not to scuttle affirmative action, which remains important to the service academies—and national security.

“Wonder Weapons” Will Not Win Russia’s War

Russia’s turn to kamikaze drones is premised on a flawed strategy.

How to Keep War With China From Being a Pick-Up Game

INDOPACOM needs a joint force headquarters now, not when crisis arrives.

How Elon Musk’s Twitter Buy Raises Cybersecurity Risks For The Rest Of Us

The problem is not just more misinformation, but five new threats to the network.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 111: Drones in Russia's Ukraine war, and elsewhere

We focus on the latest developments in unmanned aerial systems, from the front lines to a conference in Washington.

Ash Carter’s Lasting Legacy

The former defense secretary leaves behind a much stronger Pentagon-Silicon Valley relationship.

After Six Years, It’s Time to Confirm a Defense Department Inspector General

IGs perform a critical role in holding powerful officials and government agencies accountable, and the Senate should confirm a Defense IG when it returns from recess.  

Sensible Talk Aboard a UK Aircraft Carrier. But Does It Come Too Late?

New poll shows US, UK publics aren’t buying what national-security experts have been selling.

The Intelligence Community Doesn’t Warn About All Attacks Against the US Homeland. Why Not?

A simple policy change could help defend America against threats to non-military targets.

Why the Pentagon’s Crush on Elon Musk Is Dangerous to Democracy

Once considered a cross between Thomas Edison and Moses, Musk is revealing himself to be an ill-informed, would-be tyrant.

The U.S. Marine Corps Has a Choice: Transform or Die

If the Corps does not veer from its current course, it will lose the things that differentiate it from the Army and the special operations community.  

Civilians Will Choose the Marine Corps’ Future—and Soon

And they will do it by selecting the next commandant and other four- and three-star generals.

AUSA Conference Wire: Multi-Domain Drops

Chief releases new doctrine, calling it the biggest step since AirLand Battle in the 1980s; and other news from Day Two of AUSA.