Article Archive

Memo to the Chairman

If the Joint Chiefs are sick of losing, try a defensive grand strategy.

April 27, 2016

Failure as a Way of Life

The logic of lost wars and military-industrial boondoggles

February 15, 2016

One Cheer for Colonialism

Libya needs a state. Egypt can provide one.

February 12, 2016

Logic of a Modern Militia

How do you stop lone-wolf terror? With every man available.

November 12, 2015

What Militarism Means

Its perfect symbol isn’t Prussia, it’s the F-35.

July 27, 2015

Why Soldiers Lie

Our generals are better at bureaucratic infighting than war fighting.

May 18, 2015

Conservatism for the City

Beauty, streetcars, and dual codes are the right ideas for urban policy.

January 8, 2015

Can We Hurt the Islamic State?

Punitive raids won’t destroy ISIS—but they don’t have to.

November 11, 2014

Cops With War Toys

Militarizing police is the worst way to fight crime.

August 22, 2014

A Canon for the Officer Corps

Seven books that teach our troops how to win today’s wars

August 14, 2014

The Lessons of 1814

Decaying states today are as dangerous as Napoleon’s armies were 200 years ago.

May 29, 2014

An Officer Corps That Can’t Score

How military careerism breeds habits of defeat

April 17, 2014

Russia’s Right Turn

Moscow has reclaimed its 19th-century conservative role.

February 11, 2014

Islam’s Civil War

America can win it—by staying out.

September 24, 2013

John Boyd’s Art of War

Why our greatest military theorist only made colonel.

August 16, 2013

Rand Paul’s Realignment

The senator points his party toward a stronger defense policy

May 2, 2013

Two Intifadas and a Flawed Theory

What one of the Marine Corps’ leading minds reveals about war, terror, and insurgency.

April 16, 2013

Don’t Break the China

We need Beijing as an ally against anarchy.

March 28, 2013

Rank Incompetence

Turf wars are the one kind our generals know how to win.

February 1, 2013

Arab Spring, Israeli Winter

Martin van Creveld on what the Muslim uprisings mean for Israel

December 11, 2012