David A. Graham, Defense One

David A. Graham

Defense One

Durham, NC, United States

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David A. Graham

Defense One provides news, analysis, and ideas about the future of national security to defense and industry leaders, innovative decision-makers, and informed citizens. → Read More

Steve Bannon’s Sentencing Is a Victory for Rule of Law

The famously logorrheic Steve Bannon finally found a reason to shut up, and it’s going to get him locked up. Bannon, the former éminence grise (and grease) to Donald Trump, was sentenced today to four months in prison for contempt of Congress, stemming from his refusal to testify to the House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection and Trump’s attempts to steal the 2020 presidential… → Read More

Trump’s Secret Service Grift

It’s nice work if you can get it—only it’s not work, and you can’t get it. → Read More

Trump Can’t Hide From the Mar-a-Lago Photo

The Department of Justice keeps outsmarting the former president in its efforts to recover the government’s classified materials. → Read More

The Mar-A-Lago Raid Proves the U.S. Isn’t a Banana Republic

A bedrock principle is that no one—not even the president, much less the former president—is above the law, and if they commit crimes they must answer for them. → Read More

The Most Damning January 6 Testimony Yet

Cassidy Hutchinson’s account of Donald Trump’s behavior destroys any defense the president once had. → Read More

The Comment That Reveals the Depths of the Republican Party’s Moral Collapse

If even Rusty Bowers is willing to back Trump again, the outlook for popular democracy is very bleak. → Read More

Only a Broken Society Would Focus on the Police Failures in Uvalde

America seems to have given up on preventing mass shootings and has resigned itself to responding faster and more courageously. → Read More

How Criminal-Justice Reform Fell Apart

For a brief period, culminating two summers ago, the United States seemed to be on the verge of a serious rethinking. → Read More

John Fetterman Wins on Vibes

The 6 foot 8 goateed Senate candidate prevailed in the Democratic primary less on the strength of detailed policy proposals than on vibes. → Read More

A Party With One Principle: Pleasing Trump

The party has no tolerance for dissent within its ranks. → Read More

Why Smart Republican Politicians Are Acting Stupid

In attempting to succeed in the Trump-era Republican Party, some politicians are masquerading as what they imagine voters want, with results that ring almost comically false. → Read More

The Little-Known Federal Body That Renames Racist Places

A little-known federal body gives official approval to what appears on maps. Now it is caught in the middle of the country’s upheaval over racism and language. → Read More

Analysis: The Paperwork Coup

A much more dangerous insurrection was under way in the inboxes of Trump's inner circle in the weeks before January 6. → Read More

Analysis: Six Theories of Joe Biden’s Crumbling Popularity

The president’s approval ratings keep falling. The question is why. → Read More

Republicans Hate Infrastructure Spending More Than a Literal Coup Attempt

Support an attack on Congress? No problem. Vote for Biden’s infrastructure bill? You’ve betrayed your country. → Read More

The Authentic Phoniness of Josh Mandel

The Ohio senate candidate makes little pretense of being anything other than a craven operator. → Read More

Are We Ready for Trump’s Second Term?

He could win, fair and square. → Read More

America Is Having a Violence Wave, Not a Crime Wave

As violent crime rose in 2020, property crime continued a years-long decline. → Read More

The 2020 Homicide Spike Was Real

What the data can’t tell us is why. → Read More