The U.S. Air Force’s Strange Love for the B-21 Bomber
Did you know the U.S. Air Force is working on a new stealth bomber? Don’t blame yourself if you didn’t, since the project is so secret that most members of Congress aren’t privy to the details. Talk about stealthy! Known as the B-21 Raider after General Doolittle’s Raiders of World War... Read more
Saving the U.S. Military From Itself
This story originally appeared in 2007. It’s time to save the U.S. military from itself. I say this as a retired Air Force officer who served for 20 years, my last three in a “joint” assignment, working closely with Army, Marine and Navy officers and enlisted men and women.... Read more
America’s Phony War
Overseas, the United States is engaged in real wars in which bombs are dropped, missiles are launched and people — generally not Americans — are killed, wounded, uprooted and displaced. Yet here at home, there’s nothing real about those wars.  Here, it’s phony war all the way. In the... Read more
Ten Commonsense Suggestions for Making Peace, Not War
Whether the rationale is the need to wage a war on terror involving 76 countries or renewed preparations for a struggle against peer competitors Russia and China — as Defense Secretary James Mattis suggested recently while introducing America’s new National Defense Strategy — the U.S. military is engaged globally.... Read more
The American Military, Uncontained
When it comes to the “world’s greatest military,” the news has been shocking. Two fast U.S. Navy ships colliding with slow-moving commercial vessels with tragic loss of life. An Air Force that has been in the air continuously for years and yet doesn’t have enough pilots to fly its... Read more
Preparing for Doomsday
Has there ever been a nation as dedicated to preparing for doomsday as the United States? If that’s a thought that hasn’t crossed your mind, maybe it’s because you didn’t spend part of your life inside Cheyenne Mountain. That’s a tale I’ll get to soon, but first let me... Read more
The United States Is Making the Soviet Union’s Mistakes
Jump into your time machine and let me transport you back to another age. It’s May 2001 and the Atlantic Monthly has just arrived in the mail. I’m tantalized by the cover article. “Russia is finished,” the magazine announces. The subtitle minces no words: “The unstoppable descent into social... Read more
What Does an ‘America-First’ Foreign Policy Actually Mean?
What does an “America-first” foreign policy look like under President Donald Trump? As a start, forget the ancient label of “isolationism.” With the end of Trump’s first 100 days approaching, it looks more like a military-first policy aimed at achieving global hegemony, which means it’s a potential doomsday machine.... Read more
Let’s Face It, America—We’re Addicted to War
War on drugs. War on poverty. War in Afghanistan. War in Iraq. War on terror. The biggest mistake in American policy, foreign and domestic, is looking at everything as war. When a war mentality takes over, it chooses the weapons and tactics for you. It limits the terms of... Read more
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