An F-35B aboard the amphibious assault ship USS ‘America.’ Lockheed Martin photo In Washington, pork is on the menu by MANDY SMITHBERGER and FRED FERREIRA Stuffing — or “dressing” — recipes around the country vary from white bread to cornbread, potatoes to oysters. When it comes to Pentagon spending, lawmakers in Washington prefer “pork,” which is... Read more
NASA photo A strong offense isn’t always the right answer by EDWARD FERGUSON and JOHN KLEIN The best defense is a good offense — or is it? The answer to this question, along with an understanding of the stronger form of warfare, is the single most important consideration in U.S. space strategy and... Read more
M-2 Bradley armored vehicles in Georgia in 2015. U.S. Army photo Defense contractors could win big in the next four years by WILLIAM HARTUNG As with so much of what president-elect Donald Trump has said in recent months, his positions on Pentagon spending are, to be polite, a bundle of contradictions. Early... Read more
Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger in 1973. Photo via Wikipedia Richard Nixon’s madman theory increased the risk of nuclear war — and now it has an imitator in Donald Trump by SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN Would being officially and strategically unpredictable make America safer? The question, once academic, is now deeply urgent — for one simple reason.... Read more
Photo via Wikipedia The president-elect probably doesn’t understand the Freedom of Information Act by JASON KOEBLER President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on the idea that the media is incompetent, biased, and vindictive. He was also the first candidate in modern U.S. history to refuse to release his tax returns. Taken together, the... Read more
Welcome to your future. Kremlin photo The U.S. media landscape is about to get a lot weirder by MATTHEW GAULT The Hollywood Reporter published a profile of Stephen K. Bannon on Nov. 18 that set off a minor Internet shit storm. “Darkness is good,” Bannon, the chief strategist for president-elect Donald Trump... Read more
Japanese-American children during the internment. U.S. National Archives photo Trump camp cites a black spot from history to justify new bad ideas by KEVIN KNODELL “We did it during World War II with Japanese, which you know, call it what you will, may be wrong,” Trump surrogate Carl Higbie told Fox News... Read more
Vladimir Putin in Nov. 2015. Ahenobarbus Henocied photo via Wikimedia Podcast — despite the budding bromance, Moscow has no idea how to handle the president-elect by MATTHEW GAULT Russia, like much of the world, thought Hillary Clinton was a lock for the U.S. presidency. Vladimir Putin seemingly took a gamble by supporting... Read more
An MQ-9 Reaper drone flies over New York State during a training mission. Air National Guard photo We picked our poison by NICK TURSE “So is he going to win?” The question washed over me as I slumped in my hard plastic chair. I had passed the day walking through a town where... Read more
A U.S. M-1 Abrams tank. U.S. Army photo A strong testing director is good for troops and taxpayers by DAN GRAZIER President-elect Donald Trump is now looking for more than 4,000 individuals to fill all the appointed positions in the executive branch. Parlor speculation about his potential nominees began months ago,... Read more
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