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What we learn from Serbia's intriguing fighter-jet choice

Belgrade's plan to buy its first Western-designed combat aircraft reveals trends in its military, the region, and Russia.

What about Ukraine’s Abrams tanks?

Recent losses underscore the importance of doctrine and training—not just weapons—in war.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 148: The state of the Marine Corps

Our annual State of Defense series continues with a focus on the Marines.

How to fix the military’s software SNAFU

Too many of its apps are built on code riddled with vulnerabilities—and distributed by the Pentagon itself.

Moscow attack shows growing reach of ISIS-K. Could the US be next?

The group certainly aspires to mount a major attack in a Western capital.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 147: The state of the Space Force

Here are the first conversations from our annual State of Defense interview series.

How to keep China out of the Pentagon’s weapons

The U.S. military should take a page from the cybersecurity playbook.

Use 'hedge forces' to break the Pentagon's force-structure death spiral

The U.S. military must move away from exquisite general-purpose units and weapons.

New Arctic strategy? Good. Now do one for the Antarctic

China and Russia aren’t limiting their adventurism to the northern polar region.

Two ways to fix Army recruiting

Stop organizing its tasks geographically, and put our best people on it.

Authoritarians are playing to win. America can’t if we don’t show up.

Two retired four-stars lay out the case for the National Security Emergency Package currently being considered in the House.

China’s nascent railgun is just the tip of its shipboard R&D

Meet the lab working to equip PLAN warships with vast amounts of electrical power.

When will the Pentagon listen on blast injuries?

Troops buffeted by explosions are too often treated simply for mental health—not physical damage to the brain.

Should governments ban TikTok? Can they?

A cybersecurity expert explains the risks the app poses and the challenges to blocking it.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 146: Elliot Ackerman on ‘2054: A Novel’

The author and Marine veteran discusses the future of technology, the promise of AI, the perils of toxic politics, and other themes packed into his latest work of speculative fiction.

The US is not serious about aircraft carriers—or their industrial base

Congress should reject the Navy’s plan to increase the gaps between new carriers.