Ideas

The Domestic Counterterrorism Strategy Is a Good Start—But Needs More

For at least three reasons, domestic CT strategy is harder than the international one that worked against al Qaeda.

The New Pentagon Slush Fund

Congress should reject the Pacific Deterrence Initiative before it’s too late.

A Better Way to Measure Returns on U.S. Security Cooperation Investments

Though return-on-investment analysis seems like the obvious approach, it simply does not work for measuring security cooperation activities.

How the U.S. Can Beat the Semiconductor Shortage (and China)

We must reverse our reliance on foreign manufacturing and build a better microelectronic systems industrial base.

How Biden Can Leverage Missile Defense in His Summit with Putin

Putting it on the table would put the United States in the driver’s seat in strategic stability talks.

US Navy Punts on Building a Fleet to Compete with China

The 2022 budget proposal aims to increase future capability but misses the reality facing it today.

The Biden-Putin Summit Could Produce Both a Little And a Lot

Moscow’s hybrid-war efforts limit what Wednesday’s meeting can accomplish, but even small agreements would make a big difference.

NATO’s Nuclear Two-Step

An alliance that avows nuclear disarmament should not cling so dangerously to its weapons.

Indian Democracy Is On The Ropes. The US Must Act

There are still things U.S. policymakers can do to shore up the world’s largest democracy.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 84: Biden, Europe and the future of transatlantic security

Three experts unpack the opportunities and challenges ahead for Europe and the U.S. in 2021.

How China Steals US Tech to Catch Up in Underwater Warfare

From legal filings to a Chinese lab’s website, open source documents provide an illuminating trail.

US Must Strengthen Israel’s Deterrence

As Israel’s adversaries look to rearm and improve their own capabilities, Washington must act to help Israel deter another fight.

NIH Director: We Need an Investigation Into the Wuhan Lab-Leak Theory

Francis Collins calls for a “thorough, expert-driven, and objective” inquiry, and shares what most surprised him about the virus.

Libya’s UAV Strike Should Galvanize Efforts to Do Something About Autonomous Weapons

Thorny definitional questions aren’t going to get easier, but the time to settle them has come.