Ideas

China’s nascent railgun is just the tip of its shipboard R&D

Meet the lab working to equip PLAN warships with vast amounts of electrical power.

Ideas

Should governments ban TikTok? Can they?

A cybersecurity expert explains the risks the app poses and the challenges to blocking it.

Threats

Pentagon eyes stockpile replenishment, funds to spur tech industry in 2025 budget

The request comes as the White House wrestles with government-wide and supplemental funding requests.

Policy

Army continues focus on munitions amid Ukraine war, China tensions

The service is also seeking alternatives to its long-range cannon program amid technical problems.

Ideas

Three ideas for countering China in the gray zone

The U.S. ought to pull a few new tools from its military-diplomatic-informational toolbox.

Ideas

Is the United States overestimating China’s power?

Washington's strategic, diplomatic, and budgetary decisions must be guided by a proper understanding of China's accomplishments and challenges.

Science & Tech

China is building its own Starlink—even as questions surround Musk's constellation

A recent rocket launch lofted satellites for a Chinese service to mimic SpaceX, which was slammed this weekend by a top U.S. lawmaker.

Threats

Space Force: We need a hotline to China

Direct communications could ward off miscalculation as space militarizes faster than norms develop, officials say.

Threats

Navy envisions ‘hundreds of thousands’ of drones in the Pacific to deter China

With DIU contracting for prototypes, Pacific Fleet is experimenting with unmanned craft that may one day defend Taiwan.

Threats

Navy robot ships on a 15-year path to operating ‘at speed and scale,’ CNO says

Adm. Franchetti’s plans to compete with China include better networks, unmanned infrastructure, and a new robotics rating for sailors.

Threats

Expect China to attack US infrastructure within 3 years, MITRE CTO says

The US needs to figure out how to disconnect its industrial-control systems from its networks—and fast, says a top leader of the defense R&D not-for-profit.

Exclusive Policy

US may cut info-warfare assets as China, Russia expand influence ops

Key psyops units may get squeezed by a Pentagon effort to trim special-operations forces.

Science & Tech

Robot wingmen vs. China: What a think tank’s wargame revealed about a key USAF concept

As the Air Force contemplates a range of price points, the tabletop exercise suggests cheaper is better.