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How Beijing Is Changing Its Rules Around Taiwan

Three lessons from China’s recent exercises around the self-governing island.

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You Don’t Have to Be a Spy to Violate the Espionage Act

Two law professors outline how the Act has been used in the past, and what it could mean for former president Trump.

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A Year After Kabul's Fall, Taliban’s False Commitments Are Fully Exposed

But the U.S. has few good options for counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

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Defense One Radio, Ep. 106: Decoding China’s Taiwan saber-rattling + RIMPAC 2022

Two experts help us put the most recent Taiwan Strait crisis in perspective, and we learn a bit about “the largest international maritime exercise in the world.”

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How Putin’s Ukraine War Has Made Russia More Reliant on China

Despite Putin’s imperial dreams, in the last six months China has increasingly dictated the direction of the partnership and squeezed more concessions from the Russians.

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The US Military Should Red-Team Open Source Code

The Pentagon can reduce threats and increase security by finding and fixing bugs lurking in its software.

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Fixing Army Recruiting: Take Care of the Soldiers and their Families

Rather than read the Army’s recent call-to-arms memo, service leaders should focus on the recent Military Family Support Survey.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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China’s Roadblocks to Becoming A Science Superpower

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

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The Danube Won’t Solve Ukraine’s Grain Problems

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

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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.

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