Torie Rose DeGhett
In six months in Syria, the Russians have shown the world that they can fight far from home, win, and then do it again. There's only one problem: It's a very, very expensive thing to do.
In 1991, an American-led coalition waged war against Iraq, and won easily. In 2016, an American-led coalition wages war against the Islamic State, and is nowhere close to winning.
North Korea has announced plans to launch satellite into orbit sometime in the next week, and neighboring powers, including the regime's friends, are not pleased.
There aren't really any good times for the US to sell high-tech weapons, only less bad times. And one of those times happens to be right now.
A multibillion-dollar deal that would have put China firmly on the global arms market goes belly up, but China and Turkey are still friends.
China has been steadily extending its global presence. Now it's looking to establish an outpost in Djibouti, where the US headquarters its military forces in Africa.
The US Army is starting down a decades-long path to replace it's existing helicopters and may end up buying something that, technically speaking, isn't a helicopter.
After suspending arms shipments over the 2013 ouster of President Morsi, the US is back to selling fighter jets and tanks to a country with a bad human rights record.
The presence of Chechen fighters in Syria — veterans of two wars against Moscow — are a big reason why Russia is bombing targets in the country. The Russian effort is effectively a reenactment of the US' "flypaper" strategy in Iraq.
Romania, a NATO member, is reversing years of military neglect, spurred by fears that it could end up with front-row seats for a Transnistrian replay of last year's events in Ukraine and Crimea.