Ideas

Coerced Ethics Pledges Harm National Defense

There is a process for changing the law, and extortion of individual DOD nominees is not it.

Launch Arms-Control Talks with China

Instead of saber-rattling, the Biden-Harris administration and leaders across the political spectrum should be putting the pressure on Beijing to come to the table.

Promote Open Source to a Full Member of the Intelligence Community

The exploitation of publicly or commercially available information must be recognized alongside spies, signals intelligence, and other established branches of practice.

The Automation Gap in Biden’s Cybersecurity Order

Network defense in the 21st century requires AI-powered penetration testing.

What Is Happening to Our Apolitical Military?

Remarks by America’s most senior military officer mark the latest step in the continued erosion of relations between the armed forces and their civilian leaders.

Clarity on Afghanistan, Confusion on Iraq

Biden gave us clarity on Afghanistan and it’s time he does the same in Iraq.

What the Afghanistan Withdrawal Means for Georgia’s NATO Dreams

The Caucasian nation is losing one of its best ways to demonstrate that it belongs in the Western alliance.

How the Intelligence Community Can Get Better at Open Source Intel

Several factors make it harder to use publicly available information in all-source assessment than classified information.

China’s Space Program Is More Military Than You Might Think

Proposals for U.S.-Chinese cooperation must proceed carefully.

NATO Must Shore Up Control of a Key Maritime Chokepoint

Independence movements along the GIUK Gap could leave the alliance short of key bases and influence.

Kristi Noem’s National Guard Deployment Is America’s Future

The private sector has long been absorbing duties that belong to the government—and that pattern is intensifying.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 85: Tech Summit, in review

From JADC2 to "tech debt," military officers and experts share their concerns about the future of national security tech policy.

The US Desperately Needs a Civilian Cybersecurity Corps

Bipartisan legislation aims to augment the National Guard’s cyber reservists, but a wholly civilian component could be larger and more flexible.

Congress Has a Role Against China, Too

Lawmakers’ bipartisan momentum against the CCP is a good start. Here are three ideas for the way forward.

How We Get to Captain America-level Battle Speeds

We are on the verge of Hollywood-level fast, but the service branches need cultural change and cooperation for it to work.

The US Military Should Return to Vietnam

Recent conditions—and China’s provocative actions—have set the stage for a new relationship.