Every service member experiences a number of key career and personal milestones. This infographic traces an example military career from enlistment through retirement.
Basic pay is only about half of military compensation. This infographic provides snapshots of total compensation for military officers and enlisted service members by rank.
Designed in the post-World War II era with a hodgepodge of additions, the military pay, health care, and retirement systems remain largely the same as they were in 1947.
Issue Brief Turkey’s efforts to secure reliable energy supplies have brought it closer to Russia, both a cause and a symptom of Ankara’s diminished solidarity with its Western allies.
Southeast Asia poses challenges for both the United States and Japan as each must reconcile their national interests and support for democratic values with their foreign policy in the region.
The United States and Japan can work together to shape a forward-looking vision for the 21st century.
Issue Brief The March 17 election results will likely lead to a narrow right-wing government in Israel. The Obama administration must balance fundamental disagreements with the need to maintain its relationship with a key Middle Eastern ally.
Issue Brief The strategic rationale for the U.S.-Israel partnership must evolve with the changing geopolitical and regional context.
Issue Brief A final nuclear agreement with Iran may be within reach, but both Congress and the White House must remain vigilant and clear-eyed about the hurdles.
The Iraqi prime minister’s visit offers an important chance to take stock of the anti-ISIS campaign and make important adjustments.
Congress can bolster the U.S. negotiating position and help prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon by playing the role of enforcer for an agreement.
Interactive This interactive outlines key international commitments to Afghanistan through pivotal years of transition.
Issue Brief An imperfect negotiated deal between the P5+1 and Iran is better than the alternative of no deal at all.
Issue Brief Any adjustment to the withdrawal timeline of U.S. troops from Afghanistan must consider the critical needs of the Afghan National Security Forces.
Issue Brief Afghanistan has become one of the most corrupt countries on earth, but the election of a new government offers a critical opportunity for reform that neither Kabul nor Washington can afford to waste.