• U.S. to Pull 12,000 Troops from Germany after Failure to Meet NATO Spending Target

    U.S. to Pull 12,000 Troops from Germany after Failure to Meet NATO Spending Target

    In a move that sparked bipartisan criticism, the Trump administration announced Wednesday that the U.S. will pull nearly 12,000 troops from Germany, a decision President Trump said is a response to Germany’s reluctance to spend a greater share of its gross domestic product on defense. About a third, 11,800 Army and Air Force units, of …
  • Trump Dismisses Russian Support for Taliban, Citing U.S. Tactics during Cold War

    Trump Dismisses Russian Support for Taliban, Citing U.S. Tactics during Cold War

    President Trump said Tuesday that he has never discussed with Russian President Vladimir Putin the intelligence indicating that Russia paid Taliban fighters to kill U.S. troops despite several phone calls between the two heads of state since the intelligence was made known. “I have never discussed it with him,” Trump said in an interview with …
  • Biden says he's

    Biden says he's "absolutely convinced" the military would escort President Trump from the White House if he win

    Former Vice President Joe Biden said late Wednesday that he’s “absolutely convinced” the military would escort President Trump from the White House if the presumptive Democratic nominee wins the general election in November.  Biden was asked on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” whether he’s thought about the possibility of Trump refusing to leave office.  “Yes, I have,” Biden …
  • Ex-Green Beret says it wasn’t a crime to help Carlos Ghosn escape

    Ex-Green Beret says it wasn’t a crime to help Carlos Ghosn escape

    Two Americans accused of helping Carlos Ghosn flee Tokyo have a simple argument for why they shouldn’t face charges in Japan: They didn’t break the law. In a lengthy federal court filing, lawyers for ex-Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter said the pair’s alleged role in the ex-Nissan CEO’s dramatic flight out of …
  • Why B-52 Bomber Will Be The First Jet Ever To Stay In Service For 100 Years

    Why B-52 Bomber Will Be The First Jet Ever To Stay In Service For 100 Years

    This Friday marks the anniversary of the day in 1946 when the Air Force announced that Boeing BA had won the competition to build the plane that would become the B-52 Stratofortress. That event unfolded so long ago that the Air Force was not yet an independent service, and the plane Boeing initially proposed was …
  • Don’t Lean on the Military to Solve Our Problems–But Learn from Them

    Don’t Lean on the Military to Solve Our Problems–But Learn from Them

    I’ve taken a close interest in civil‐​military relations for decades. I was taught the importance of civilian control over the U.S. military as a young NROTC midshipman. While on active duty, I opined publicly in the Naval Institute’s Proceedings on the reaction of servicemembers to Bill Clinton’s election as president. And in graduate school, I carefully studied several incidents from …
  • Building a Modern Military: The Force Meets Geopolitical Realities

    Building a Modern Military: The Force Meets Geopolitical Realities

    Security comes through prudence, not overwhelming force, permanent alliances, or massive investments in weapons platforms. When we began drafting this study of U.S. military spending and force posture, we had no way of knowing the tremendous challenge that COVID-19 would pose. It has wreaked havoc on the economy. It has disrupted every facet of American …
  • FBI Says Texas Navy Base Shooting ‘Terrorism-Related’

    FBI Says Texas Navy Base Shooting ‘Terrorism-Related’

    The FBI said Thursday that its preliminary investigation into the shooting at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi was “terrorism-related,” after a gunman tried to drive onto the base but was killed by base security. “We have determined that the incident this morning at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi is terrorism-related,” Leah Greeves, an F.B.I. …
  • China Has Increased Military Pressure on Taiwan during Pandemic, Congressional Report Claims

    China Has Increased Military Pressure on Taiwan during Pandemic, Congressional Report Claims

    China has been increasing military pressure on Taiwan during the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a board made up of congressional Republicans and Democrats, warned in a report that China is engaging in aggressive military maneuvers directed towards Taiwan, Foreign Policy reported Tuesday. Chinese planes have been buzzing the median line …
  • Friendly Fire during Iranian Navy Exercise Leaves 19 Dead

    Friendly Fire during Iranian Navy Exercise Leaves 19 Dead

    Iran’s navy on Sunday announced that 19 sailors were killed and 15 wounded after a missile struck a support craft during a training exercise. The ship, which usually carries a crew of 20 sailors, was placing targets in the ocean for other ships to use during the exercise, held in the Straits of Hormuz. Iranian …