Why China Built That Military Base in Africa
China’s military made international news in early July 2017 when it announced the opening of its first overseas base in Djibouti, a small country in the Horn of Africa. China asserts the base is simply a logistics hub, poised to protect the country’s interests in the Gulf of Aden... Read more
The Pentagon Is Terrified of Sex
In 2013, the White House ordered the Pentagon to open combat roles to women and gave the military a three-year deadline. As women take on more roles in the U.S. military, both on the front lines and in leadership, the Pentagon must face an issue it has long ignored... Read more
We Need to Talk About the Special Operations Forces
U.S. Special Operations forces worked and fought in more than 130 countries across the world in 2016 alone. In 2017, America’s elite troops are doing even more. From East Africa, to the Middle East and beyond, U.S. operators are more than just the tip of the spear, they’re the... Read more
Turkey’s Blind Eye Toward the Islamic State
Turkey is a member of NATO, an American ally and a bulwark against the broiling chaos of the Middle East. That’s the story at least. The truth is far more complicated. Recently, U.S. Pres. Donald Trump approved a plan to arm the YPG—Kurdish fighters whose territory spreads across northern Syria.... Read more
The Roots of American Political Violence
Antifa and white nationalists clash in the streets. Students armed with bats on a college campus patrol the sidewalks. A man in Portland stabs several people on a bus, and another in Virginia opens fire on Republican legislators on a baseball field. This week on War College, Joe Young—an... Read more
In Qatar and Saudi Arabia’s Fight, Iran Is the Real Winner
While most Americans focused on domestic issues in the past month, the Middle East somehow grew more dangerous. Thanks in part to a hack allegedly carried out by Russian intelligence, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are close to war. The Saudi kingdom has blockaded Qatar and several Gulf states have... Read more
How the Pentagon’s Wasteful Budget Hurts the Military
The Pentagon lost track of equipment worth more than a billion dollars, according to a declassified Department of Defense audit obtained by Amnesty International last month. The F-35 program has already cost $100 billion to develop, and may not even be ready for combat according to an ex-director. The... Read more
Another Afghan Surge Is a Terrible Idea
How many soldiers does America need to turn the tide in Afghanistan? The Taliban controls half the country and continues to gain ground. The Pentagon and generals in the field want U.S. president Donald Trump to send an additional 3,000 to 5,000 soldiers to Afghanistan to help win the... Read more
From Loathed to Loved—the Deadly History of the Submarine
Submarines are an accepted part of a strong navy and the cornerstone vessel of a superpower. But these stealth killers of the ocean were once as derided and feared as the drone is now. This week on War College, former journalist and current naval historian Iain Ballantyne takes us... Read more
Why the Russian Military Is Reaching Into the Arctic
In the summer of 2007, Russia planted a flag on the seabed of the North Pole. Russian state television covered the event as a submersible packed with explorers and Kremlin officials descended to the depths of the Arctic and laid claim over its potential resources for Russia. Canada complained, but... Read more
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