Loren DeJonge Schulman: We need a way to measure the readiness of our civilian national-security workforce. Then we need to fix it.
Jessica Malekos Smith: The magpies have a complex and vigorous society. What happens when two conniving cuckoos come to town?
Christopher J. Bolan: The troops are leaving, but the U.S. still has regional and global interests in what happens there.
Michelle Shevin-Coetzee: The Trump Administration must broaden its trade-focused perspective, lest it find itself even more isolated from Washington’s closest allies and partners.
Enea Gjoza: The proposal to send tanks, and not A2/AD weapons, exposes a flawed American strategy.
Josef Koller: A new generation of deception-and-denial ideas is needed to counter global monitoring from space.
Viraj Solanki,Antoine Levesques: From Sri Lanka to Kenya, governments try to balance major-power influence — except in arms purchases.
Ash Carter: The former defense secretary says defending America means defending taxpayers’ dollars.
Loren DeJonge Schulman,Alice Hunt Friend,Mara E. Karlin: One might believe that leaving more decisions to uniformed experts would depoliticize policy. The opposite is true.
James E. Wright: A president’s actions in 1971 helped turn public opinion against those who fought the Vietnam War.