Security Cooperation

How ‘America First’ Became America Alone

In his desperation to restore and showcase American strength, Donald Trump has made the country weaker.

As the US Slumps Away, China Subsumes African Security Arrangements

Organizations created to fight terror groups after 9/11 are becoming conduits for Beijing’s surveillance and influence.

How a Tiny Indian Ocean Island Could Force a US-UK Rift

Will the U.S. choose its closest ally over the international rule of law?

Two Ways to Stop Secrecy from Undermining US National Security

Keeping America safe in the 21st century means sharing more information with allies and partners. Here’s how to start.

Trump Appointee to Foreign Aid Agency Has Denounced Liberal Democracy and 'Our Homo-Empire'

USAID's new deputy White House liaison has condemned the “tyrannical LGBT agenda” and celebrated Hungary’s right-wing prime minister as “the shining champion of Western civilization.”

US Arms Sales to the Gulf Have Failed

Despite spending billions of dollars on hardware, our regional partners don’t have the capabilities we need.

‘Cost Plus 50’: Welcome to the US Mercenary Force

All the ways Trump’s proposed allied-protection scheme would undermine our national security.

A French Officer Speaks the Truth about the War in Syria

Half measures are having predictably ill effects, Col. Legrier wrote. Why are U.S. military leaders silent?

Before You Help a Fragile State’s Military, Ask These Uncomfortable Questions

A checklist for a Pentagon that rarely looks into why so many of its partner-building efforts fail.

The US Should Seize Its Chance to Help Shape a Key Ally’s Capabilities

Britain’s 2015 defence plan fell apart; a new review offers a door to new discussions.

The US Should Embrace the EU’s New Defense-Cooperation Plan

After years of complaining that Europe isn’t doing enough to defend itself, concerns about U.S. arms exports are misplaced.

Reducing the Human Costs of ‘By, With, and Through’

Partnered operations put civilians at risk, which puts U.S. goals at risk. Here are some options for addressing the issue.

Why the Marshall Plan Worked — and Why It Won’t in Today’s Warzones

A host of similar-sounding yet unworkable aid schemes are among the legacies of the one that launched 70 years ago Tuesday.

The Pentagon Just Revealed How Much It Spends Helping Foreign Militaries

DoD’s first-ever summary of 27 security-cooperation programs deserves praise. Now tell us more.

It’s Time for a National Security Cooperation Strategy

The current way the U.S. government approves what weapons get exported and where is fragmented and slow. That undermines American leadership and interests.