State of Defense

State of Defense 2021

Our annual service-by-service look at where the U.S. military is, and where it's going.

Exclusive: Interview with Marine Corps Commandant Gen. David Berger

Watch Defense One's interview on building the future force, racism in the ranks, integrating women, and working with Congress.

State of Defense 2020: Special Report

Our annual service-by-service look at the big questions facing the U.S. military.

State of Defense 2019: Special Report

Our annual service-by-service look at the U.S. military finds the shift to great-power competition dogged by some old problems and some very new ones.

What the Midterms Mean for National Security

House Democrats are poised to boost oversight of the Pentagon — and its commander-in-chief.

Mattis Treads Carefully on Khashoggi Crisis

The defense secretary condemned the killing of the Washington Post columnist but did not accuse Saudi Arabia, in keynote speech at security conference on the Persian Gulf.

Special Report: The State of Defense 2017

Here is Defense One's annual report on what's to come.

Special Report: The State of Defense 2016

Defense One's annual year-ahead assessment of each military service finds a force ready to fight, but feeling the strain from all they are being asked to do -- still.

New Pentagon Equipment Is No Longer Pushing the Envelope

Acquisition chief Frank Kendall says the cost of the Defense Department’s major projects are falling, but the arms being purchased are less technologically advanced.

The US Military Gets A Guidebook to the Cloud

DISA rolls out a collection of best practices for a Pentagon herding its myriad information services toward their cloud-based future.

Should One US Service Rule the Military’s Drones?

Ten years ago, the Air Force lost its bid to control the Pentagon’s nascent UAV fleets. Some say it should try again.

Special Report: The State of Defense 2015

As President Obama prepares to give his State of the Union speech, Defense One takes a closer look at the nation's military and the state of defense.