Paul Manafort. NBC capture Paul Manafort doesn’t care who writes his checks by SEBASTIEN ROBLIN Even the most brutal dictators and the bloodiest warlords could benefit from having a friendly public-relations operative in Washington. Access to high-ranking officials goes a long way in the nation’s capital. There’s always somebody willing to... Read more
Gen. David Petraeus in Iraq in 2007. All photos via Wikipedia The charmed life of David Petraeus by NICK TURSE I ran into David Petraeus the other night. Or rather, I ran after him. It’s been more than a year since I first tried to connect with the retired four-star U.S. Army... Read more
Daesh daeshing it up. Photo via social media A sense of purpose can be intoxicating by MATTHEW GAULT Three men assaulted Istanbul’s Ataturk airport with AK-47s and suicide vests on June 28, killing 41 people and injuring 239 more. Islamic State has not claimed responsibility but Turkish officials believe the terror... Read more
Photo via Vice Motherboard Global food crisis war game asks a hard question by NAFEEZ AHMED The U.S. national security industry is planning for the impact of an unprecedented global food crisis lasting as long as a decade, according to reports by a government contractor. The studies, published by CNA Corporation... Read more
A Malaysian Playboy Corrupted the U.S. Navy
Our behavior, as an organization and as individuals, must signal our commitment to the values we so often proclaim. As senior leaders, our personal conduct, and the example it sets, are essential to our credibility. To many inside and outside the service, the actual values of the Navy are... Read more
U.S. Air Force photo New book explores Barack Obama’s special relationship with a lethal technology by REED PEEPLES Weapons shape wars. Like leaders and enemies, they become active characters in our narratives of armed conflict. However the United States’ post-9/11 wars are resolved, we can already confidently assign their emblem — the drone. In... Read more
A U.S. Navy fighter launches during air strikes on Islamic State forces in Syria. U.S. Navy photo Neoliberalism, interventionism, the resource curse and a fragmenting world by PATRICK COCKBURN We live in an age of disintegration. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa. Across the... Read more
Cpl. Abdelbasset Jibbou prays during an Eid Al Fitr ceremony at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. U.S. Marine Corps photo What’s better than mass surveillance at catching potential attackers? People by KEVIN KNODELL “They know what’s going on. They know that he was bad,” presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told supporters... Read more
The ballistic missile submarine HMS ‘Vanguard’ alongside the ‘Type 45’ destroyer HMS ‘Dragon’ in 2010. Royal Navy photo Take a deep breath … and then start panicking by ROBERT BECKHUSEN It’s not every day one of Europe’s largest economies votes to pull itself out of the European Union, the British prime... Read more
Ugandan police in Somalia. Photo via Wikipedia Surveillance for hire by PETER DOERRIE In July 2012, one year after the Arab Spring shook Arab regimes around the world, an email appeared in the inbox of Mamfakinch, a Moroccan online publication critical of the government. Under the subject line “dénonciation” — French for “denunciation” — was... Read more