America used to resist maintaining a large standing army. Now personnel cuts are condemned. What changed?
Hagel's move to bypass a bureaucratic mess in seeking alternatives to the Littoral Combat Ship should be imitated more broadly.
From Ukraine to Iran to the East China Sea, the "tougher" option proposed has always been worse.
Even with Russian troops pouring into Ukraine, Europe can't be bothered to defend itself. And that's our fault.
The gross mismanagement of the defense budget goes on.
A small island of great strategic importance.
It's only a bad move if our future leaders decide to get in more long wars.
"If achieving one’s strategic objectives is the measure of success, no other service can claim a post-Cold War record of success that matches that of the US Air Force."
Washington is taking a firmer line with Beijing. But can it back it up?
The next Quadrennial Defense Review comes at a crucial moment—yet appears likely to offer more pablum.