An MQ-9 Reaper drone. U.S. Air Force photo Drones, commandos and allied troops fight Al Shabaab by PETER DOERRIE Long before the debacles of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Somalia was the quagmire that Western militaries would have loved to strike from their records. In the now-famous Black Hawk Down incident in... Read more
U.S. Air Force photo U.S. Special Operations Command details dismal U.S. military record by NICK TURSE Winning. It’s written into the DNA of the USA. After all, what’s more American than football legend Vince Lombardi’s famous, if purloined, maxim — “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”? Americans expect to be number one. First Lady... Read more
A SpaceX launch. SpaceX photo Oh, just the entire outer-space thing by PETER GARRETSON The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Department of Defense or the U.S. government. It... Read more
Walking word salad wages war on wonk. YouTube capture Wonk versus world salad in the first presidential debate by MATTHEW GAULT Military issues and the language of war loomed like a shadow over the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. During an early exchange about climate change, Clinton... Read more
Royal Air Force photo London could follow Washington’s lead by ABIGAIL WATSON The United Kingdom must support the United States in its efforts to create an international framework on the export and use of drones. But first, it needs to fix the problems with its own use. In recent weeks, the United... Read more
Men pray at at the Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Mosque in Doha, Qatar. Omar Chatriwala photo via Flickr Podcast — democratic Islamic countries all pay some respect to Sharia law by MATTHEW GAULT The separation of church and state is a fundamental value of the modern Western world, but that doesn’t mean the... Read more
Project on Government Oversight illustration derivative of Jared Rodriguez / Truthout From nuclear weapons contractors to I.T. engineers, there’s big benefits in getting employees congressional fellowships by LYDIA DENNETT In January 2001, Peter Winokur began working as a Fellow in Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) office. He would ultimately spend almost four... Read more
An American officer goes over an item check list with AMISOM troops during a supply delivery on Sept. 12, 2016. U.S. Air Force photo U.S., British and E.U. support critical to AMISOM’s operations by KEVIN KNODELL On Sept. 12, 2016, a detachment of American troops landed in Somalia. It was a... Read more
A protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Flickr photo The battle over Dakota Access Pipeline swaps old roles by CHIP WARD Cowboys and Indians are at it again. Americans who don’t live in the West may think that the historic clash of Native Americans and pioneering settlers is long past because the Indians... Read more
‘The First Sting,’ by Stuart Brown. Donated to the CIA, the painting shows Afghan Mujaheddin using American singer missiles to down Soviet helicopters. Image via Wikimedia Commons You don’t change Afghanistan — Afghanistan changes you by MATTHEW GAULT Americans should study Russia and understand both how badly the United States failed to rebuild... Read more
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