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Were the US and China really on the brink of war last October?

Conditions have been primed for conflict for a long time, but things were unusually tense last fall and it wasn't all about Trump.

Middle East

Israel wants more advanced US weapons to counter new sales to UAE

Defense Minister Benny Gantz was in Washington this week asking for an upgrade to maintain Israel's regional military edge.

Global Crises

America's forever wars have finally come home

Americans seem rightly offended by their military being used to police their own neighborhoods, but they have also largely stood by as it has waged counterinsurgency in neighborhoods around the world.

Washington Politics

The price of power and West Point’s Class of 1986

Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper are as good as their 1986 West Point class motto. When it comes to this country’s wars, neither of them ever quits.

Washington Politics

Esper hits a nerve by clinging to old security priorities in unprecedented times

Now is probably not the best time for the Defense Secretary to be tweeting about how nuclear weapons development is the Trump administration's top priority.

Global Crises

Absurdity and the Army: The myth of 'readiness' in the corona-age

'Man stands face to face with the irrational. ...The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.' Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus (1957)