Ash Carter has worn many hats. He is a scientist (having earned his doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford). He is an academic and professor (spending his career at Harvard). He is a defense official (serving in government, periodically, from …
Finally, Canada Begins to Consider U.S. Missile-Defense Partnership
Ever since North American Aerospace Defense Command’s (NORAD) deputy commander, Lieutenant General Pierre St-Amand, testified that that “the extant U.S. policy is not to defend Canada” in the event of a North Korean missile attack, Canadians have begun …
The Defense Sequester Has Got to Go
There is no better analyst of the national scene than Hugh Hewitt, and no more effective United States senator than Tom Cotton. The two get together frequently on Hewitt’s radio show, and Hewitt recently interviewed Cotton on MSNBC.
President Trump has signed the Russian/Iranian/North Korean sanctions bill. It’s the right move, though he had little choice; a veto would have been overridden.
The sanctions are a big deal. The United States has come a long …
Military Fitness Is a Military Decision
So today we are talking about transgender troops, because that’s what President Trump tweeted about this morning. Maybe the most remarkable thing that happened in the aftermath of the tweets is that a flurry of Republican senators, many of them …
The Marines Can Treat Women Honorably Without Putting Them in the Infantry
Like any sentient moral being, I was troubled by the number of Marines who were caught up in the so-called “Marines United” scandal sharing naked pictures of female Marines without their consent (I’d also have a problem with sharing the …
Why We Need to Spend More on Defense
A few weeks ago, Breitbart posted an article about President Trump’s defense plan being “in limbo.”
It’s worse than Breitbart said it was. The plan isn’t in limbo; it’s dying.
That’s because of the sequester, …
The Mother of All MOAB Articles
The dropping of the Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB) in Afghanistan a few weeks ago reportedly killed 94 terrorists. It also generated a flurry of articles breathlessly dissecting the capabilities of the mighty MOAB and hailing the absolute destruction it …
We Need Mutually Assured Destruction
The United States and Russia — and before it, the Soviet Union — have been in a nuclear standoff since 1949. This 68-year-old standoff has been very tense at times, such as during the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. At other times it’s …
Nukes + Nuttiness = Neanderthal Deterrence
How can an otherwise failed dictatorship best suppress internal dissent while winning international attention, influence — and money?
Apparently, it must openly seek nuclear weapons.
Second, the nut state should sound so crazy and unpredictable that it might just use them, …
North Korea Threat Is Boosting Global Preparation for Missile Attacks
Earlier this week, congressional defense committees approved a measure rerouting more than $400 million into the national missile defense program, a direct response to the threat posed by North Korea’s continued missile tests. The money will go toward accelerating Navy …
Yes, the U.S. Navy Can Shoot Down North Korean ICBMs
North Korea continues to test its nuclear weapons and its means to deliver them, including intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that can reach America. We clearly need the best ballistic-missile defense (BMD) systems possible.
Even with this urgent need, some think …
The Method to Trump’s Madness: His Speech at the U.N.
Donald Trump did well at the United Nations. His remarks in full are here; I’ll make some observations about the key points.
The speech was, to put it mildly, very direct, and the most direct portions bore clearly the …
Taking the Defense Industry Seriously
The ability of the United States to produce the necessary inventory for the Department of Defense is a key, if often overlooked, feature of its national security. That’s why the executive order that President Trump issued last Friday is …
Jim Mattis took a gigantic step forward when he testified Monday before the House Armed Services Committee about the state of America’s defenses.
He told Congress the truth: At a time of rising threats, America is disarming — and …
On This Memorial Day, We Are Unmaking America
By now it’s an old cliché. Any movie about American fighting men has to include a collection of walking stereotypes. There’s the guy from Brooklyn with the crazy accent, the guy from Kentucky who’d never been outside …
Our Missile-Defense Policy Should be ‘America First’
Ideal year-round temperatures, lush tropical foliage, and scenic beaches belie the strategic significance of Hawaii’s Pacific Missile Range Facility, which cuts across 2,385 acres of coastline in Kauai County.
The U.S. Naval base is said to be the “only …
The Myth of the Military-Industrial Complex
Donald Trump’s recent military overtures toward Syria and North Korea have revived one of the more resilient myths in American political history: namely, that Washington makes defense policy according to the desires of a mysterious and immensely powerful “military-industrial …
New presidents begin to appreciate America’s armed forces at their first National Security Council meeting during their first foreign-policy crisis, when the first question asked is usually: “Where is the nearest aircraft carrier?”
President Trump has decided where two …
Why North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Programs Are Far More Dangerous Than They Look
On Friday, the news media were so sure North Korea would conduct a nuclear test over the weekend to celebrate the 105th birthday of Kim Il-Sung that they almost started a countdown clock. The test never happened. Some experts said …