Ash Carter, 1954-2022

A brilliant national security leader is gone too soon.

The Depth of US Support to Ukraine

The collaboration has been even more robust than advertised.

Putin’s Nuclear Gambit

The threat is not idle and the options for responding are not good.

Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo) Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo)

Military ‘Rushed’ Denials of Religious Exemption from COVID Vaccines

The Pentagon’s Inspector General is “concerned” over the pace of rejections.

Biden Doubles Down on Defending Taiwan

What once seemed to be ‘saying the quiet part out loud’ is now administration policy.

The Confederacy and Today’s Military

It goes deeper than base names.

The U.S. Role in Ukraine’s Success

It’s much bigger than it appears.

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The Latest on the Mar-A-Lago Document Case

Both sides have had their say and now we wait for a ruling.

Myths of Presidential Impunity

While enormous, the commander-in-chief’s control over state secrets is not absolute.

FBI Raids Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home

The former President and his supporters are crying “weaponization of the justice system.”

Pelosi’s Ill-Advised Taiwan Visit

The Speaker’s trip was reckless, needlessly escalating an already tense situation.

January 6 Committee Public Hearings: Day 1

The laying out of the case begins.

SCOTUS Rules Against Air Force Vaccine Refusnik

A wackadoodle colonel is on his way out.

NATO Has Been Training Ukrainian Forces for Years

A fascinating report from the WSJ.

US Acknowledges Providing ISR Support to Ukraine

The Defense Department shares the worst-kept secret about the war effort.

Coast Guard’s Linda Fagan Nominated as First Woman Service Chief

Another glass ceiling has been shattered.

More on the Bioweapons Claim

The BBC checks the facts.

CDC Relaxes Mask Requirements (Again)

Most of us have suddenly gone from High to Low risk communities.

Mask Mandates Ending Across America

Even liberal states like California and Massachusetts are moving on.

Generals Say Afghan Exit Would Have Been Smoother Had Biden Listened to the Generals

Two unclassified after-action reports shine a new—if one-sided—light on the evacuation.

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Secrecy and Democracy

How do we know when our government is telling us the truth?

Boosters ‘Less Effective’ for Those in Least Danger

Media reporting on CDC findings is, once again, unhelpful.

Trump Wanted to Seize Voting Machines

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Government Cases and the Federal Courts

A lone judge has halted the military’s vaccine mandate.

Major Kimberly Bender, Director Air Force Public Affairs , Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, receives the first of two COVID 19 vaccine shots, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 29 Jan 2021. Major Kimberly Bender, Director Air Force Public Affairs , Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, receives the first of two COVID 19 vaccine shots, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 29 Jan 2021.

Military Vaccine Deadlines Pass

Some 98 percent of active service members are now vaccinated. The rest will be discharged.

Defense Bill Stalled Over Amendments

Every now and again, it’s not Mitch McConnell’s fault.

Esper Suing DoD Over Book Redactions

Trump’s last Secretary of Defense is being stymied by preclearance review.

More Americans Have Died from Covid this Year than Last

A scary if misleading factoid.

Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo) Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo)

Army to Separate National Guard Vaccine Refusniks

The next boot has dropped.

Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo) Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo)

Oklahoma National Guard Vaccine Standoff

The politicization of the virus continues.

Everyone’s a Virologist Now

Is media coverage of experts’ struggles to understand COVID helpful?

Air Force Could Lose 12,000 Vaccine Refusniks

While 96 percent of airmen are in compliance, the service is about to get smaller.

Defense Blames State for Afghan Fiasco

Their case is less than persuasive.

Milley and Woodward Revisited

A follow-up to yesterday’s analysis.

President Joe Biden, joined by Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Merck CEO Ken Frazier, delivers remarks on COVID-19 vaccine production Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden, joined by Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Merck CEO Ken Frazier, delivers remarks on COVID-19 vaccine production Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden Orders Feds, Firms to Vaccinate

The President has lost his patience with the unvaccinated.

The Kabul Attack Death Toll

What we know of the American servicemembers killed.

Moulton and Meijer Make Unauthorized Afghanistan Trip

Grandstanding in the midst of chaos is a bad look.

Trump and Pompeo Set Afghanistan Fiasco in Motion

They’ve got a lot of gall blaming Biden for this mess.

Biden Feared Political Backlash Over Bringing Afghans to America

A humanitarian crisis made worse by shameful delays.

Major Kimberly Bender, Director Air Force Public Affairs , Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, receives the first of two COVID 19 vaccine shots, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 29 Jan 2021. Major Kimberly Bender, Director Air Force Public Affairs , Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, receives the first of two COVID 19 vaccine shots, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 29 Jan 2021.

Mandatory Military Vaccinations Expected

It appears to be only a matter of time before the SECDEF orders active-duty troops to get the shots.

President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, delivers remarks on the COVID-19 National Month of Action on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, delivers remarks on the COVID-19 National Month of Action on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden’s Vaccination Speech

The President hit all the right notes.

Punishing the Virtuous to Protect the Jerks

It’s time for our political leaders to grow a spine.

President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, delivers remarks on the COVID-19 National Month of Action on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden, joined by Vice President Kamala Harris, delivers remarks on the COVID-19 National Month of Action on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Biden to Announce Vaccine Requirement for Feds

The country’s largest employer is soon going to be less tolerant of the unvaccinated.

Has America Reached Peak Vaccination?

The rate at which Americans are getting COVID shots is slowing rapidly.

Hero Shot By Cop in Active Shooter Incident

The downside of the “good guy with a gun” trope.

CDC Shakeup Presaged Mask Order

The politics of science comes full circle.

Marine Corps Major Arrested for Capitol Riot

A serving officer was arrested for his part in events of 6 January

The Vaccine Hesitant are Primarily Non-Voters

New polling provides useful insights into the problem.

Defining ‘Extremism’ in the Military

It’s harder than a looks, especially given the limited size of the problem.

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Defense Department and ‘Extremists’

New screening procedures follow a Department-wide stand-down.