Wrestling with Nukes, Not Enough Troops & Too Much CO2

by Walter Pincus

While most American news outlets last week focused on sexual harassment, tax reform and President Donald Trump’s red-carpet trip to the Far East, the Pentagon and some in Congress were dealing with...

Tell Trump to Get Pyongyang to Negotiating Table Now

by Walter Pincus

“Trust” is not a word I would normally associate with what President Donald Trump says publicly, particularly in answering a question at a press conference. “Subtlety” is also not a normal...

Steel Yourself for a Long War Against Russian Disinformation

by Walter Pincus

The 2016 presidential campaign was just a test run for Russia’s continuing use of disinformation on social media aimed at manipulating public thinking in the United States. Appearances last week by...

Duck & Cover? Lawmakers Probe Lax Trump Response to Russian Hacking

by Walter Pincus

Has the Trump administration put together a coordinated plan to deal with what the intelligence community has warned will be Moscow-directed cyberattacks during the upcoming 2018 midterm...

John Kelly ‘Collateral Damage’ in Latest Trump Spat

by Walter Pincus

President Donald Trump has turned his own obviously failed condolence phone call last Tuesday to 24-year-old, Myeshia Johnson, widow of 25-year-old, Army Sgt. La David Johnson, into a political fight...

Corker Should Up Ante in Feud With Trump

by Walter Pincus

It’s time for Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to use his congressional panel rather than just his mouth or tweets, to confront President Donald...

U.S. Afghan Strategy Time Warps to Vietnam 1969

by Walter Pincus

“We may have advisers there 10 years from now, but the Taliban will not be the enemy they are,” was the way Defense Secretary James Mattis described the future in Afghanistan under the new Trump...

Gen. Dunford’s Clear-Eyed Take on Koreas Crisis

by Walter Pincus

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford set out his views on key national security issues last Tuesday during the Senate Armed Services Committee’s confirmation hearing for his second, two-year...

Trump’s Erratic Rhetoric Increases Risk of War in Koreas

by Walter Pincus

Saturday’s Pentagon announcement that B-1B bombers escorted by F-15C fighters had flown a route above the demilitarized zone in international airspace over the Sea of Japan east of North Korea,...

Austerity Cloud Hovers Over Pentagon Wish List for Guerillas and Climate

by Walter Pincus

The Senate-passed, fiscal 2018 Defense Authorization Bill carries two little-publicized amendments that will impact future war-fighting capabilities. But the measure fails to deal with the darkest...