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Past articles by Fred:

President Biden Wants $1 Trillion (That’s Right, $1 Trillion) for the National Security Budget

It’s the biggest military spending package ever. → Read More

Why the Russian Army Isn’t Learning From Its Mistakes

Though that doesn’t necessarily mean Ukraine is winning. → Read More

How the Ukraine War Is Likely to End

Each side has cause to believe that it can win—or at least that the other side can lose. → Read More

The Game Putin Is Really Playing by Threatening a Nuclear Weapons Treaty

Arms races are propelled by fear and uncertainty. → Read More

The Very Serious Lessons We Should Learn From the Balloon Fiasco

The balloon didn't have to trigger this kind of diplomatic crisis. → Read More

Why There Are Suddenly So Many UFOs

U.S. military-intelligence sensors don't pick up everything flying through our airspace. → Read More

Why Japan and South Korea Are Arming Up

The conflict in Ukraine is changing defense policies in East Asia in brand new ways. → Read More

The Story Behind the Fraught Decision to Send All Those Tanks to Ukraine

Germany has the tanks that Ukraine really needs, but it wouldn’t send them alone. → Read More

The Most Important Thing to Keep in Mind About Biden’s Classified Document Headache

The government's classification system is ridiculous, as anyone who’s ever had a security clearance could tell you. → Read More

Kevin McCarthy Tricked the Freedom Caucus Into Thinking They Have a Deal on Defense Spending

Huge defense budgets are really popular right now. Nobody is going to cut these sums. → Read More

The Power of Volodymyr Zelensky’s Charm Offensive

The next Congress can’t slash support for Ukraine now. → Read More

Trading Brittney Griner for the “Merchant of Death” Was Worth It

Diplomatic relations are otherwise totally stalled. → Read More

Trading Brittney Griner for the “Merchant of Death” Was Worth It

Diplomatic relations are otherwise totally stalled. → Read More

The Best Jazz Albums of 2022

Plus the best historical releases. → Read More

Where Realpolitik Went Wrong

The inflexible theories of a famous political science professor show how old thinking about Russia is in need of a reality check. → Read More

Where Biden and Xi Really Agree

The two world leaders re-established working ties. But not without interesting limits. → Read More

Russia’s Withdrawal From Kherson Is Utterly Humiliating

But there's little sign Putin plans to give in. → Read More

How Netflix’s All Quiet on the Western Front Deviates From the Book—and WWI History

The movie surpasses previous adaptations of Erich Maria Remarque’s story but gives it a very different ending. → Read More

The U.S. and Russia Are Both Running Their Annual Nuclear-War Exercises Right Now. Awkward Timing!

Let's talk about the time one of these test runs almost led to catastrophe. → Read More

The Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis Are Actually Pretty Useless Right Now

The possibility of nuclear war over Ukraine has everyone talking about 1962—but today’s conflict has little in common with the famous U.S.-Soviet standoff. → Read More