Staff members were rushed into the White House Mess – then rushed out when they were told a plane was heading for the White House.
Tina Hager/George W. Bush Presidential Center
A top White House aide to President George W. Bush recounts what 9/11 was like for White House staffers.
Afghanistan has been a gravy train for private security companies, but their local employees now find themselves in a dangerous no-man’s-land.
Screenshot from a Depart of Defense video of an unidentified aerial phenomenon.
US Department of Defense/US Navy
Plus, what’s happening in Chad, three months after rebels killed the president, Idriss Déby.
The new government report describes 144 sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena.
A new nine-page report, requested by Congress, doesn’t say what the 144 UFO sightings from 2004 to 2021 are, but does say that the government wants to learn more.
Unidentified aerial phenomena remain a mystery.
US Department of Defense/US Navy
The recent Pentagon report has more questions than answers when it comes to UFOs. Here’s why that’s not surprising.
Some UFO sightings appear to demonstrate ‘advanced technology’. The Pentagon has confirmed some threaten flight safety, and potentially national security.
Packed and ready to leave? Perhaps not quite yet.
Capt. Robyn Haake/US Army/AFP via Getty Images
The Pentagon has spent more than $800 billion on military operations in Iraq. But that doesn’t include money needed to care for veterans, rebuild the country or pay interest on war debt.
The U.S.-China rivalry extends to digital weapons.
The US defense community is coming to understand that AI will significantly transform, if not completely reinvent, the world’s military power balance.
Some U.S. nonprofits are praising China’s anti-pollution efforts.
AP Photo/Andy Wong
Just like with Cold War-era red-baiting, there’s an apparent effort to discredit and undermine critics of the US government.
A couple watch film footage of the Vietnam war on a television in their living room.
Library of Congress
After footage from America’s first ‘living room war’ shocked the public, the government would clamp down on media coverage of future military conflicts.
LGBT veterans march in a Boston parade. Contrary to what some may say, the military has a long history of embracing socially marginalized groups.
AP Photo/Steven Senne
Whether it be African-Americans, Catholics or transgender people, the armed forces have played a vital role in shaping US social policy toward the country’s minorities.
Everything to everyone – or is the F-35 a big expense for not much benefit?
U.S. Air Force/Alex R. Lloyd
The most expensive defense program in world history has yielded a multi-role fighter plane that is an inelegant jack-of-all-trades, but master of none.
Trump wants to build more aircraft carriers but doesn’t have a strategy yet for how to use them.
David Josek/AP Photo
Trump’s first budget proposal would boost defense spending by US$52 billion, but his desired military buildup is premised on misleading claims and lacks a strategic vision.
The USS Gerald Ford in Newport News, Virginia, cost nearly $13 billion to build.
AP Photo/Steve Helber
Does the president’s specified goal of 350 ships meet the needs of the nation in the 21st century? The answer is not yet clear.
The official Angolan broadcaster, or Emissora Oficial de Angola, under construction between 1963-67.
Fernão Simões de Carvalho
Portugal used radio propaganda in its colonies in the 1960s against local liberation movements. Decades later there are still lessons to be learned for occupying armies from their failed strategies.
The Pentagon at sunrise.
Trump and Cruz certainly think so. Clinton promises to maintain the “strongest military the world has ever known.” An OSU professor examines the issue through three different lens.
U.S. soldier keeps watch over detainees in Iraq, 2009.
The ACLU describes the release of photos of DoD detainees as an important victory for the cause of transparency, but are they?
Candles outside the Medecins sans Frontieres HQ in Geneva
Bombing a hospital and killing doctors and wounded or sick persons may seem to be an obvious war crime. But the reality of both the law and the facts is significantly more complicated.
Journalist Peter Greste lays a wreath at the War Correspondents Memorial in Canberra.
A memorial unveiled in Canberra this week honours the work of Australian war correspondents, but a new Pentagon “Law of War” manual identifies journalists in conflict zones as “spies and belligerents”.
A valuable handshake between defense chiefs.
The strategic implications of this agreement are far-reaching – and not just for India and the US.