On Defense: Carter and the Candidates

by Walter Pincus

Two vastly different conversations about U.S. defense policies took place last week. One conversation centered around Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s statements during multiple appearances on the...

Trumped on Defense

by Walter Pincus

On February 25, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. described the United States military as “the most capable fighting force in the world” during a two hour and 25-minute...

Arms Race Redux?

by Walter Pincus

At a time when the world’s attention is focused on terrorist bombings and beheadings, as well as the fighting in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, little notice is being paid to a mini-revival of the...

Trump and The Wizard of Oz

by Walter Pincus

In this GOP presidential nomination campaign, when the issue is national security, Donald Trump reminds me of the Wizard of Oz. I thought of that movie after watching Trump’s appearance last...

Defense Spending

by Walter Pincus

How many Americans understand – when they think of the Defense Department budget – that many of those billions are going to defend foreign countries under the longtime strategy that it is better...

My New Home

by Walter Pincus

Reporters too often claim to be objective, but in fact none of us are. We are shaped and influenced by our upbringing, our race, gender, and religion or lack of one; our loved ones and friends; and...