Ideas

The Navy's Fleet Plan Has Two Strikes Against It

A recent report about the plan is classified, which will hinder leaders’ efforts to talk about it, and the service lacks a confirmed acquisition chief.

HIMARS’ Hidden Superpower and Other Acquisition Lessons from Ukraine

With no U.S. troops on the ground, acquisition professionals are the operators making the difference.

Where Does al-Zawahri's Death Leave al-Qaida?

And what does the drone strike that killed him say about U.S. counterterrorism?

House’s ‘Irregular Warfare’ Provision Risks Unintended War

It’s not clear how many of the lawmakers who passed the House defense policy bill were aware of a dangerous provision in it.

Trump Wants Concentration Camps and Presidential Control of Domestic Troops

The disgraced former president said the next chief executive should take control of the National Guard from state governors and deploy troops to quell cities.

Pass the CHIPS Act

Two former senior defense and intelligence leaders lay out the case for Congressional action to help the U.S. semiconductor industry.

The Pentagon Gets the Better Part of a Trillion Dollars a Year. Why Isn’t That Enough?

The budgeting process has calcified, with huge sums going to the priorities of yesteryear.

The Navy Should Assemble a Fleet for Littoral Campaigns

Don't build a fleet to fight off a Chinese invasion force; build one that gives the U.S. and allies more options.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 105: Aerospace's new inflection point

Here's what industry execs were worried about at the Farnborough Airshow.

A Success in Norfolk Should Also Be a Warning

One flood-control project took a decade to complete. Lawmakers and feds can’t wait any longer to get the vast bulk of climate-mitigation work going.

China’s Roadblocks to Becoming A Science Superpower

Historical and structural problems complicate Beijing’s vision of tech leadership.

The Danube Won’t Solve Ukraine’s Grain Problems

Europe’s second-longest river isn’t deep enough to carry ocean-going grain vessels.

Drifting Toward Disaster As Iran Nuke Talks Stall

Biden seems to think he needn’t cut a new deal until after the elections. That would be a mistake.

The US Remains the Exception on Land Mines

Biden has restored the near-global ban on these militarily ineffective weapons, but enshrined their continued use in South Korea.

How Biden Can Win His Middle East Trip

The president can advance U.S. interests and regain the region’s trust, if he evolves his messages and policies.

The Risks of US Military Assistance to Ukraine

With arms pouring into a wartorn country, we must take steps to ensure they are not stolen or misused.

Climate Change Isn’t a Threat Multiplier. It’s the Main Threat.

Over the next six months, the defense community should champion and help plan a whole-of-society “hyper-response.”