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US Civil-Military Relations Are Complicated, But Not Broken

Through the sturm und drang, it is possible to see four core truths.

Pentagon Works to Sharpen Definition of ‘Extremism’

Review could reshape cooperation with domestic agencies, consequences for troops’ social media posts, and more.

Putin Suddenly Looks Very Small

With Trump out of office, the Russian leader has nobody else. Biden has NATO, the G-7, and the upper hand.

The Domestic Counterterrorism Strategy Is a Good Start—But Needs More

For at least three reasons, domestic CT strategy is harder than the international one that worked against al Qaeda.

The Biden-Putin Summit Could Produce Both a Little And a Lot

Moscow’s hybrid-war efforts limit what Wednesday’s meeting can accomplish, but even small agreements would make a big difference.

After Trump ‘Chaos,’ National Security Council Seeks a Return to ‘Regular Order’

The Biden White House is reinvigorating an interagency process some argue had largely halted under the Trump administration.

Indian Democracy Is On The Ropes. The US Must Act

There are still things U.S. policymakers can do to shore up the world’s largest democracy.

Defense One Radio, Ep. 84: Biden, Europe and the future of transatlantic security

Three experts unpack the opportunities and challenges ahead for Europe and the U.S. in 2021.

China Is Our No. 1 Priority. Start Acting Like It, Austin Tells Pentagon

Task force says the military Biden inherited from Trump had a “say-do gap” in the resources directed at China.

New Air Force One Could Be Delayed Another Year

The GAO’s latest cost estimate brings the price tag to $2.6 billion apiece.

Unity Will Be ‘Key Message’ in Biden’s First International Trip

Aides say COVID, China, and climate change will be discussed, but a top message is reaffirming America’s close partnership with allies.

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Space Force Seeks $831.7M for Unfunded Priorities

Projects left out of 2022 budget would boost Cheyenne Mountain security, space-based cryptology.

Biden: Government Must Draft Anti-Corruption Plan by December

Analysts hailed the memo’s designation of corruption as a national security threat and its deadline for action.

Breaking News

Austin Asks Top General For ‘Options’ to Evacuate Afghans

Operation would need authorization from White House, which is not yet “actively pursuing” the idea.

Pentagon Shelves Plans for New Air Force Two

In the meantime, the Air Force is in the early stages of developing supersonic and hypersonic passenger aircraft.