Ideas

Want More Innovation? Get Out of Your Office and Talk to People

Advice from a former leader of the U.S. Army’s Rapid Equipping Force.

The Doomsday Clock is Ticking on Biosecurity

Countries around the world must cooperate and deepen their investments in global health and biosecurity strategies.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 115: Preparing for conflict in the Indo-Pacific

An Army two-star general explains his proposal to send a multi-domain task force to the region.

The Navy Put Its Next Amphib on Hold. Good.

The proposal to build a slow and combat-shy Light Amphibious Warship raises questions about a key Marine Corps operating concept.

Right Hands, Right Place: Why We Must Push Military Technology Experimentation to the Edge

The Pentagon will struggle to keep up with rapidly evolving threats unless it gets better at sending promising new gear to deployed troops.

How Digital Twinning Is Helping Improve Submarine Communications

Lessons from the challenging world of undersea operations ought to be applied across the military.

The PLA’s People Problem

China’s military has long struggled to field quality personnel.

Keep US Troops in Syria

Four years after a terror attack claimed four U.S. lives, here’s a look at how the American presence remains useful.

The US Army Can Be the Joint Force's Contact Layer in the Pacific

Team a multi-domain task force with U.S. Army Forces Japan to keep tabs on China, boost deterrence, and—if necessary—fight until reinforcements arrive.

5 Questions About the Storming of Brazil's Congress and the Military's Role

A conversation with Rafael Ioris, an expert on Brazilian politics at the University of Denver.

Q&A: China's Vast Influence Campaign in Canada

In an interview with ProPublica, investigative reporter Sam Cooper describes how he unearthed scandals that have shaken the Canadian political system.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 114: Germany’s uneasy year ahead + 2023 preview with BAE’s Tom Arseneault

We review the year that was and preview what might lie ahead for the U.S., Europe, and the wider global defense industry.

Inside Google’s Quest to Digitize Troops’ Tissue Samples

The tech giant has long sought access to a priceless trove of veterans’ skin samples, tumor biopsies and slices of organs. DOD staffers have pushed back, raising ethical and legal concerns, but Google might win anyway.

Stop Building a Military to Attack China

Concentrate instead on deterring Beijing, and keeping a Chinese invasion force from going anywhere.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 113: What we know about the Air Force’s new B-21 bomber

Defense One staff help unpack the hype and lingering mysteries surrounding America's newly-unveiled bomber plane, and we check in on the annual Reagan National Defense Forum.

The Ukraine Fight Is Just Part of Russia’s War

Western leaders must remind their populaces what is under pressure and at stake.