Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. U.S. Navy photo Podcast — for authoritarians, bad behavior is almost always good policy by MATTHEW GAULT For his views on democracies and dictatorships, he’s been called a cynic. But NYU professor Alastair Smith doesn’t think that makes him wrong. This week on War College, Smith... Read more
A Marine combat correspondent in Afghanistan. Marine Corps photo Ex-military reporters aim a spotlight at Facebook groups that shared nude photos of Marines without their consent by KEVIN KNODELL “This is a problem with our culture. I don’t have a good answer for you. I’m not going to sit... Read more
POGO illustration It’s reckless to hand over billions only to find out the reasons why later by MANDY SMITHBERGER In 1994 Congress passed legislation requiring every federal agency to be auditable. Since then every agency has complied — except for the Department of Defense. “We have known for many years that... Read more
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Photo via Vice Motherboard Latest leaks aren’t totally redacted by JOSEPH COX Journalists, technologists and just those who are curious have been digging through a cache of alleged CIA files that Wikileaks published on March 7, 2017. In its announcement, Wikileaks said it had redacted... Read more
U.S. president Donald Trump aboard the pre-commissioned aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford on March 2, 2017. U.S. Navy photo Trump campaigned sounding like an isolationist — now he’s acting like the opposite by REBECCA GORDON In his inaugural address, President Donald Trump described a dark and dismal United States, a country... Read more
The V.A.’s unfinished behemoth hospital in Aurora, CO. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo/WIB photo illustration The Department of Veterans Affairs can’t provide adequate care or manage itself by MATTHEW GAULT The Department of Veterans Affairs is the largest health care provider in the United States. The V.A. runs... Read more
A B-52 Stratofortress flies overhead of a combined arms live fire demonstration for distinguished visitors during Saber Strike 16 on June 13, 2016 at Adazi Military Base, Latvia. U.S. Army photo/Sgt. Paige Behringer, 10th Press Camp Headquarters Could war with Iran be on Washington’s agenda? by WILLIAM HARTUNG In the... Read more
Russian officials visit the MOX site in 2010. NNSA photo Watchdog groups blast wasteful, delayed MOX facility by LYDIA DENNETT What does it take to get a wasteful government project canceled? That’s the question the Washington, D.C.-based Project On Government Oversight, my employer, has been asking for years about the Mixed Oxide... Read more
Red hats. Photo via Flickr It’s no longer a question of if, but how fast we will see the unraveling of the U.S.-led international order by BRIAN E. FRYDENBORG This is part one of a two-part essay. Read part two. One can easily go back to the domestic tyranny of Athens’... Read more
David Brooks. RubyGoes photo via Flickr David Brooks furrows his brow at Trump, but refuses to reckon with the disastrous Middle East wars he supported by ANDREW J. BACEVICH Apart from being a police officer, firefighter, or soldier engaged in one of this nation’s endless wars, writing a column for a... Read more
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