Jul 14, 2021
Ending Chaos in Haiti Is Not a Job for the U.S.
Washington can assist on civil aid, but any military intervention should be left to other Western Hemisphere nations. The assassination of Haiti’s beleaguered president,...
Jul 3, 2021
Russia-U.K. Standoff: New War at Sea Has Gone Global
It’s unclear what exactly happened in the Black Sea, but it was part of a broader contest over freedom of navigation.
Jul 1, 2021
Great Power Competition Requires Theater Deterrence
The United States and its allies must have sufficient combat power in key theaters such that the enemy will hesitate to undertake hostile operations.
Jul 1, 2021
Donald Rumsfeld Never Gave In
In squash and in life, the defense secretary played in a very straight-ahead manner and under the dictum, “speed kills.” In the mid-2000s, I spent two years as senior...
Jun 29, 2021
Talk Must Turn Into Action To Combat China’s Growing Tech Influence
President Biden's first foreign trip rightly focused on the areas in which the United States and Europe can cooperate and address the challenges facing democratic nations....
Jun 24, 2021
It’s Now Life or Death for Afghan Interpreters
The State Department needs to give special visas to tens of thousands who will be targeted by the Taliban.
Jun 8, 2021
What Biden Needs From Europe to Stand Up to China
The transatlantic partnership has to find common ground on military, diplomatic and technology issues. Next month, for his first overseas trip since being elected, President Joe...
May 31, 2021
If the U.S. Went to War With China, Who Would Win?
A great deal has been written about the possibility of a war between the U.S. and China. It tends to be measured in theoretical terms, and much of the analysis centers on exactly...
May 18, 2021
Russia Gives Safe Harbor to Pirates of the Cyber Seas
Putin seems to have revived the 16th-century “letter of marque” that England used against the Spanish Empire. Queen Elizabeth had a problem, and it...
May 15, 2021
U.S. and Russia's Collision Course in the Black Sea
Putin is pulling troops back from the land border, but getting more adventurous on the waters. Ukrainians breathed a collective sigh of relief last month when Russian President...
May 7, 2021
U.S. & Russia Are on a Collision Course in the Black Sea
Putin is pulling troops back from the land border, but getting more adventurous on the waters.
May 1, 2021
Britain’s Royal Navy Is Sending a Warning to China
A strike group led by the aircraft carrier Queen Elizabeth wants to bring “Global Britain” to the Indo-Pacific.' Throughout my U.S. Navy career, I loved to operate...
Apr 26, 2021
Four Ways a China-U.S. War at Sea Could Play Out
Taiwan is the most likely flashpoint, but combat could stretch out as far as the Indian Ocean. In the mid-1970s, I set sail as a young ensign, my first deployment after graduating...
Apr 14, 2021
Putin's Eye on Ukraine. Biden Must Stare Him Down.
Troops massing on Russia’s western border may be a ploy to deter U.S. sanctions — or they may signal the world’s next geopolitical crisis.
Mar 30, 2021
Why the World Should Be Worried About the Suez Canal
I’ve sailed through the Suez Canal many times—as a junior officer, a captain of a destroyer, a commodore in command of a group of destroyers, and as a strike group...
Mar 18, 2021
NATO’s Top Civilian Warns on China, Climate & Hackers
In an interview, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg gives his vision for bringing the transatlantic alliance into a new era. I first met Jens Stoltenberg, the secretary general of...
Mar 17, 2021
The Next World War Won’t Be Anything Like the Last
Imagine a crisis with China that escalates into a world war 10 years or so from now. Would the United States stand a chance in such a conflict? If you believe that future wars...
Mar 8, 2021
How the U.S. Military Is Preparing for a War With China
Juicy targets include artificial islands in the South China Sea The Atlantic Council's publication of The Longer Telegram, which lays out a sweeping blueprint for a U.S....
Mar 6, 2021
U.S. Needs a Strong Response to China’s Rare-Earths
Beijing is sending mixed signals on its strategy to maintain a monopoly on increasingly vital metals. You could be forgiven if you are confused about what’s going on with...
Mar 2, 2021
U.S. Strikes Against Iran Sent the Right Message
The attack on militias in Syria wasn’t just tit-for-tat. The idea is to get the Iranians back to the negotiating table.
Feb 22, 2021
NATO Allies Must Pay More for Europe’s Security
Other major issues are pulling out of Afghanistan and getting on the same page with China policy.
Feb 5, 2021
Biden's Middle East Balancing Act
Trump's so-called success in the region puts Biden in a bind. I was in Saudi Arabia in September 2019 when drone strikes, almost certainly instigated by Iran, hit major...
Jan 26, 2021
Trump Got a Space Force. Biden Should Get a Cyber Force
The SolarWinds debacle shows the need for better scrutiny of software supply chains, public-private information sharing, and splitting up the NSA and Cyber Command.
Jan 15, 2021
Biden and the Pentagon Can Declare War on Climate Change
Global warming is a national-security risk, and the new administration will find a willing partner in the military.
Jan 5, 2021
What the Letter From Former SecDefs Should Tell Americans
The ten living American secretaries of defense collectively signed an extraordinary letter over the weekend, stating in the strongest possible terms that the U.S. election...
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