Commentary

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.

Stop Building a Military to Attack China

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

The Ukraine Fight Is Just Part of Russia’s War

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

The Future-Seeking, Team-Building 5th Fleet Is Busier Than Ever

The commander of the U.S. Navy’s Persian Gulf forces explains how they epitomize the Pentagon’s new strategic approach to the Middle East.

Let’s Put the Pentagon’s China Report in Context

What do the relative sizes of the U.S. and Chinese nuclear arsenals really suggest?

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.

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.