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How Poland's new blimp may boost the Pentagon's connect-everything effort

The planned sale of a reconnaissance aerostat could help allies link up to JADC2.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 145: The USAF's big reorganization

Audrey Decker unpacks the top news from this year's Air & Space Forces Association Warfare Symposium.

Our industrial strength is a deterrent

Technological change requires a more resilient defense industrial ecosystem. The Pentagon's new strategy will help.

What's at stake as Congress hashes out the 2024 defense budget

A guide to the biggest differences between proposals for the four-months-late defense appropriations bill.

A silent killer is stalking veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan

Cancer strikes GWOT vets at rates that recall Agent Orange. We’re not doing enough to support them.

The Pentagon has been learning the wrong lessons for three decades

The Gulf War sowed the seeds of future defeat. We must uproot them—and urgently.

To deter China, transform the Pacific Deterrence Initiative

Three things are required to enable the PDI to meet its vital objectives.

In Norway, young people compete to serve in the military

Other countries mulling wider national service plans should learn about the Norwegian model.

Domestic woes put Kim Jong Un on the defensive – and the offensive

Kim aims to reach beyond North Korea to U.S. politicians and the South Korean public.

Foreign interference in U.S. elections isn’t old news

False narratives, new technologies, and the potential for political violence are intensifying an already fraught election cycle.

How much influence does Iran have over its proxies?

Tehran calls Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Houthis its "Axis of Resistance"—but that's not quite right.

Where the Space Force’s new ‘theory of success’ succeeds

The chief of space operations’ revelatory paper should be read across the Joint Force.

How China is winning the Middle East

China is working to present itself as a responsible alternative to the U.S. in the Middle East, just as many are questioning Washington’s long-term commitment to the region.

Belarus adds nukes to its military doctrine

Alexander Lukashenko has been pressing Russia's Vladimir Putin to return Soviet-era nuclear weapons to Belarus.

Iran terror blast highlights success, and risks, of ISIS-K's regional strategy

The group's Jan. 3 bombing raises two critical issues with grave security implications.

Senator's hold is a dangerous attempt to stifle discussion

The hold on the promotion of an Air Force colonel suggests that military officers might face professional setbacks for even acknowledging that problems exist.