A fighter in South Sudan. Photo via Wikipedia Don’t get your hopes up by PETER DOERRIE The U.N. Security Council on Sept. 14 held consultations on South Sudan’s ongoing crisis. Violence escalated considerably in July 2016, when elements of the army attacked civilians and opposition forces in the capital Juba, despite... Read more
Image via Vice Motherboard A sprawling bureaucracy stands between Earth and space by MEREDITH RUTLAND BAUER You’re a billionaire space company owner, and you want to take the next big step and send a spacecraft to the moon. You’ve built the rocket and bought time on a launch pad and established... Read more
America’s newest export — the F-35. Dutch Defense Ministry photo Podcast — America makes a ton of cash selling weapons by MATTHEW GAULT The United States is far and away the world’s largest arms merchant. Other weapons manufacturers and countries don’t come close. But who decides what gets sold and to whom? And how closely does... Read more
U.S. and Indian troops train at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in September 2015. Kevin Knodell photo China’s rise compels Washington and New Delhi to work through decades of mistrust by KEVIN KNODELL The United States and India have greatly strengthened their military ties. On Aug. 29, the two countries formally signed the so-called... Read more
Russian Backfire bombers. Photo via Wikipedia Moscow’s apparent new missile tests patience in Washington by ELAINE GROSSMAN Omaha, Nebraska — Russia continues to rattle the United States with its alleged breach of a 1987 bilateral agreement aimed at eliminating medium-range ground-based missiles, according to a senior State Department official. “We have made... Read more
Unauditable. David B. Gleason photo via Wikimedia commons Cooked books and old problems by MATTHEW GAULT By congressional mandate, the Pentagon needs to be ready for an audit of its finances by Sept. 30, 2017. If what’s going on at the U.S. Army is any indication — and it is — then next fall’s audit... Read more
A U.S. Army soldier from the 2nd Cavalry Regiment fires a FGM-148 Javelin during the combined arms live fire training exercise for Saber Strike 16 at the Estonian Defense Forces central training area near Tapa, Estonia on June 19, 2016. U.S. Army photo Make defense contractors front cash as insurance... Read more
Donald Trump. All photos via Wikipedia The enemies of my enemy may be war criminals by REBECCA GORDON It’s not every day that Republicans publish an open letter announcing that their presidential candidate is unfit for office. But lately this sort of thing has been happening more and more frequently.... Read more
U.S. Defense Department photo Freeing democracy from perpetual war by WILLIAM ASTORE The United States is now engaged in perpetual war with victory nowhere in sight. Iraq is chaotic and scarred. So, too, is Libya. Syria barely exists. After 15 years, “progress” in Afghanistan has proven eminently reversible as efforts... Read more
A protest by the Oromo people in 2014. Flickr photo Political divides are deeply entrenched by PETER DOERRIE Violent protests have shaken Ethiopia in the last month. More than 50 people have died, most of them shot dead by security forces. In contrast to an earlier wave of demonstrations that claimed... Read more
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