Policy

4 C’s Drive Biden Administration’s First Naval Strategic Guidance

“Expanded” posture is needed to focus on China, Navy Secretary Del Toro writes.

Threats

Active-Duty Suicide Rate Hit Record High in 2020

The rate among soldiers was nearly double that of sailors, DOD’s annual suicide report found.

Business

Lockheed Opens New Hypersonic Weapons Factory In Alabama

The manufacturing plant is the third digital factory opened by the world’s largest defense contractor this year.

Ideas

Biden’s Best Chance to Get Back on Course with Europe

The president should send his best team to NATO and EU talks, find common ground on China, and repair the damage done by the AUKUS submarine deal.

Ideas

AUKUS: Good Goals, Bad Implementation

Now begins the real work for the United States and its democratic allies: cooperating to strengthen their eroding deterrence in the Indo-Pacific.

Business

Just Half of Workers at Two Critical Shipyards Are Vaccinated

The sobering numbers offer a snapshot of defense contractors’ struggle to get workers vaccinated.

Ideas

AUKUS Is the Death Knell of Australia's Strategic Ambiguity

At what cost is Australia attempting to strengthen its deterrence of China?

Ideas

Trade Versus Subs: The Risky U.S. Tradeoff in the Asia-Pacific

Which will matter more, a dozen more nuclear subs on the U.S. side of the ledger or a trade pact that could draw many of the world's largest economies ever-closer toward China?

Threats

Australia Will Get Nuclear-Powered Subs In New Partnership With US, UK

Dubbed AUKUS, the new security partnership will increase focus on the Indo-Pacific.

Ideas

The U.S. Should Get Serious About Submarine Cable Security

Three trends are accelerating risks to underwater cables’ security and resilience. 

Threats

The Kabul Airlift in 5 Charts

The largest emergency airlift ever handled by the U.S. military started slowly and built to a torrent.

Ideas

Calculating the Costs of the Afghanistan War

The war in Afghanistan, like many other wars before it, began with optimistic assessments of a quick victory and the promise to rebuild at war’s end.

Threats

Inside the Final Hours at Kabul Airport

Alone on the airfield after hundreds of other U.S. troops had left, five handpicked joint tactical exfiltration crews blew up the last remaining defenses and took off in the dark.

Threats

The Final Retrograde from Afghanistan Has Officially Begun

The threat to U.S. personnel, aircraft in the final days at Kabul airport remains “very real” after a retaliatory U.S. drone strike took out two ISIS-K planners.

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