How to Not Screw Up a Democratic Majority

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — Democrats controlling the House next January should see an Armed Services Committee that supports some reduced defense spending in fiscal 2020, and an Intelligence Committee that...

The True Border Mission

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — President Trump’s pre-election-day deployment of U.S. Army units on the southwest border may turn out to be more of a dangerous, long-term precedent than a short-term, political...

Nuclear Bargaining Chips in a Protracted Arms Race

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — President Donald Trump’s recent threat to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) provides another false justification for adding to a needless,...

A U.S.-Imposed Punishment for Jamal Khashoggi's Death

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — While President Trump’s claimed $110 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia remains “fake,” and shouldn’t be even considered “news,” there are deliveries of past sales in...

U.S. Increases Investment in Hypersonic Weapons

by Walter Pincus

Congress has decided to accelerate the Trump administration’s movement into the age of hypersonic weapons. These weapons are designed to travel at Mach 6 or more, which means they fly at least six...

If I Were Questioning Brett Kavanaugh

by Walter Pincus

Brett M. Kavanaugh ought to be questioned on how a President, alleged to have violated a federal criminal law – say conspiring to violate the Federal Election Laws – could be investigated...

Boosting U.S. Hypersonic Capabilities

by Walter Pincus

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Taking the Chill out of the Security Clearance Issue

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — Don’t believe that President Trump’s retaliatory act of revoking former-CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance “will have a potentially chilling effect on the United...

Space Force: Help Wanted

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — Congress has to take a serious, long, hard, public look at President Trump’s June off-the-cuff idea of a Space Corps, and turn down, rather than blindly approve, the idea for a...

Nuclear Message to the World

by Walter Pincus

OPINION — President Trump’s repeated message that Russia’s possession of nuclear weapons requires him to have better relations with Vladimir Putin, should encourage China to sharply...