Why Nation Building is Needed to "Halt the Spread of Radical Islam"

by Walter Pincus

Before Donald Trump speaks out again on the subject of nation-building, I suggest he – or his staff – study what the Pentagon terms “Building Partner Capacity,” which has been expanding over...

The Budget Certainty Congress Denies the Pentagon

by Walter Pincus

“Superficial and emotional” was the way retired Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey described the current presidential campaign discussion of military affairs in an interview published in...

Trump's "New Approach" to the Mideast is Already Going On

by Walter Pincus

Listening to the U.S. presidential campaign, you would hardly know there is a real war going on in the Middle East, involving thousands of American men and women in the armed forces and intelligence...

Stirring Up His Audience

by Walter Pincus

Donald Trump is a provocateur as well as a mythmaker, two qualities that should disqualify a presidential candidate and would be extremely dangerous if he were to become president. Start with a...

Intelligence Briefings for Candidates have become a Political Football

by Walter Pincus

The intelligence briefings scheduled for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, perhaps as early as this week, may cause some serious reality to be injected into the current presidential campaign rhetoric...

Do Facts and Logic Count in Donald Trump’s World?

by Walter Pincus

For the more than 16 years, Donald Trump has thought about running for president and in that time repeatedly talked about the U.S. being “ripped off” by NATO countries and other allies, such as...

Shutting Down ISIS' Digital Platforms

by Walter Pincus

One day before Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, the 31-year-old Tunisian immigrant who killed 84 people by plowing a rented refrigerator truck into the Bastille Day crowd celebrating on Nice’s Promenade...

Some National Security Lessons from the Past

by Walter Pincus

At a June 23 National Security Council meeting, according to notes once marked EYES ONLY, Top Secret, “The President said if he knew any way to abolish atomic weapons which would ensure the...

ISIL: You just can’t take them out and it’s over

by Walter Pincus

The United States is involved in a “global, and long-term effort to defeat ISIL (the Islamic State), and ensure that other violent extremist groups, such as Jabhat al Nusra, al Qaeda’s...

Financing Nuclear Modernization: Tough Decisions for the Next President

by Walter Pincus

The next president, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, will have to make hard decisions about whether to go ahead with the current, enormously costly, U.S. nuclear weapons modernization plan, though...