Rise of the American mercenary. Kelley Vlahos reports on the extensive role of private military contractors in America’s wars.

A new poll shows Americans’ reluctance for foreign adventures. Daniel DePetris discusses the findings of a recent Charles Koch Institute/Center for the National Interest-sponsored poll.

Losing the Philippines won’t imperil U.S. interests. Ted Galen Carpenter comments on Duterte’s opposition to having U.S. forces in his country.

Military force and the fallacy of the third way. Paul Pillar criticizes the attempt to find a “middle ground” between Bush and Obama regarding the use of force.