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Prove It Before You Use It: Nuclear Retaliation Under Uncertainty

It is 2028, and the United States Space Force’s early warning radar modernization is complete. Technical Sergeant Jack Nichols works at Buckley Space Force Base operating systems that detect and assess ballistic missile threats against the United States and Canada. Since arriving at the Colorado base, Nichols has experienced his share of false alarms....

Thu Jun 1, 2023 10:48
A Defense Pact Will Not Upgrade U.S.-Saudi Security Relations

Political resets between adversaries or friends who have drifted apart require political will and viable strategies on both sides. After years of strain, both U.S. and Saudi leaders have now stated that they want stronger relations. Washington and Riyadh also seem to have identified a path forward: If Saudi Arabia normalizes its ties with Israel, the...

Wed May 31, 2023 10:49
In Brief: The Fentanyl Crisis

A lot happens every day. Alliances shift, leaders change, and conflicts erupt. With In Brief, we’ll help you make sense of it all. Each week, experts will dig deep on a single issue happening in the world to help you better understand it. *** Fentanyl and other opioids trafficked into the United States are currently fueling the largest drug crisis in...

Wed May 31, 2023 10:49
Ukraine’s Offensive and its Meaning for the War

Following Russia’s failed winter offensive, Ukraine appears to be preparing for its planned counter-offensive. Ryan sat down with Mike Kofman to discuss the state of Russia’s armed forces, the current state of the Western-led effort to train and equip Ukrainian forces and the latest from the battle for Bakhmut. The conversation also touched on the role...

Tue May 30, 2023 19:58
China and the Alliance Allergy of Rising Powers

The outcomes of two recent high-profile summit meetings exposed the yawning gap in U.S. and Chinese leaders’ attitudes toward military alliances. On March 13, U.S. President Joe Biden met British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in San Diego to formalize the trilateral AUKUS partnership. AUKUS considerably deepens...

Tue May 30, 2023 10:47
A Reflection on How We Mark Memorial Day

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2014. Today, after writing this, I’ll walk to Swiss Cottage station, take the Jubilee line to Bond Street, and head east on the Central line from there. I’ll emerge from London’s labyrinthine underground network in the shadow of the towering dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Once inside, I’ll head...

Mon May 29, 2023 10:46

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