Ideas

I’m Thankful for American Troops – All of Them

The right-wing war on American LGBTQ+ troops and diversity in the military is getting worse. Maybe it’s time Pentagon leaders defend their own.

Muhammad Ali’s Foreign Policy Lessons

Like the great boxer, America needs to know how to pick the time and place to engage.

Ban These Chinese Chipmakers from Pentagon Purchases

Congress should pass a proposed expansion of the law that keeps the federal government from buying certain companies’ products.

How China Is Trying to Turn the US CHIPS Act to Its Favor

A strategic messaging campaign portrays the new law as a counterproductive and lawless act.

Biden’s Nuclear Policy Fails the Ukraine Test

His administration’s Cold War-style thinking is missing a golden opportunity.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 112: The especially difficult history of America’s Black veterans

Two historians join us to share the forgotten stories of dozens of Black American veterans across eight decades of service.

The Supreme Court Targets Military Readiness

Former senior leaders are cautioning the Court not to scuttle affirmative action, which remains important to the service academies—and national security.

“Wonder Weapons” Will Not Win Russia’s War

Russia’s turn to kamikaze drones is premised on a flawed strategy.

How to Keep War With China From Being a Pick-Up Game

INDOPACOM needs a joint force headquarters now, not when crisis arrives.

How Elon Musk’s Twitter Buy Raises Cybersecurity Risks For The Rest Of Us

The problem is not just more misinformation, but five new threats to the network.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 111: Drones in Russia's Ukraine war, and elsewhere

We focus on the latest developments in unmanned aerial systems, from the front lines to a conference in Washington.

Ash Carter’s Lasting Legacy

The former defense secretary leaves behind a much stronger Pentagon-Silicon Valley relationship.

After Six Years, It’s Time to Confirm a Defense Department Inspector General

IGs perform a critical role in holding powerful officials and government agencies accountable, and the Senate should confirm a Defense IG when it returns from recess.  

Sensible Talk Aboard a UK Aircraft Carrier. But Does It Come Too Late?

New poll shows US, UK publics aren’t buying what national-security experts have been selling.