Strategy

How Chinese Strategists Think AI Will Power a Military Leap Ahead

The U.S. military should ready itself for a warfighting environment in which the PLA’s realizes its vision of "intelligenization."

The Defense Budget Process Is Broken

What the U.S. needs isn’t more money for the Pentagon, but an honest and tough debate about strategy.

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.

The Curious Omission in Russia’s New Security Strategy

It doesn’t mention “cyber”—and that tells us a few things.

What Comes Next? A Lesson from Saigon

Rather than marking the eclipse of American power, withdrawal from Vietnam coincided with its spectacular increase.

Taiwan Wants Paladins. Congress Should Say No

Taipei’s only hope for an effective defense is not armor but asymmetry.

The 2018 Strategy Is Unworkable. We Need a Fundamental Defense Rethink

We can model our efforts to link long-term defense priorities and resourcing on a post-Cold War review.

Don’t Divide the World Between Democracies and Autocracies

There are better ways to face our challenges than pushing for ideological blocs.

Let’s Get Real About US Military ‘Dominance’

American strategists need to drop the assumption that the U.S. military will be the superior force in any given situation.

The US Talks A Lot About Strategic Complexity. Too Bad It’s Mostly Just Talk.

The pandemic sidelined a national security community that gives only lip service to a vital concept.

Biden’s Interim National Security Guidance Is a Good, If Small, First Step

Next come the big questions: what is America’s current status, and where do we want to go?

Building a China Strategy Starts by Answering These Questions

To begin, we must question our perceptions and eliminate our biases.

‘Great Power Competition’ Is a Dangerously Simple Frame

To correctly set force posture, the Pentagon needs to look more deeply at the world’s actors, their preferences, and relationships.

White House Prepping Multi-Part Executive Order on SolarWinds Hack

The official leading the effort said changes are necessary to improve information sharing within the federal government.

How to Reconnect the Pentagon’s Strategy to its Budget

Biden will have little time and likely less money to enact his policies. He needs to tie strategy more closely to funding.

How to Cut the US Presence in the Middle East

Asking the military to pursue the same goals with fewer resources will not work.

Everybody Spies in Cyberspace. The US Must Plan Accordingly.

Because all countries engage in espionage, intrusions like Russia’s latest data hack are devilishly hard to deter.