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
Women sewing in the Bagrami Industrial Park. SIGAR photo Contractors failed to follow the rules … again by MATTHEW GAULT It’s the little things that really grate. The United States’ reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan have been a disaster in a lot of big ways. America blew $20 million to fix a Soviet era... Read more
Camp Century was supposed to stay buried by KATE LUNAU For decades now, an abandoned, nuclear-powered U.S. military base has been buried under the ice in Greenland — along with hazardous waste including radioactive material. The military believed that Camp Century would stay entombed forever in ice and snow, but now, because of... Read more
TFBSO’s Kabul compound. SIGAR photo Pictures from inside the America’s defunct, war-zone business venture by MATTHEW GAULT In 2009, the Pentagon shipped American business experts to Afghanistan to help jump-start the war-torn country’s economy. To that end, the Task Force for Business and Stability Operations spent more than $800 million from 2009... Read more
Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, at left. Photo via Wikipedia Breaking the camouflage wall of silence by NICK TURSE It’s rare to hear one top military commander publicly badmouth another, call attention to his faults, or simply point out his shortcomings. Despite a seemingly endless supply of debacles from strategic setbacks to quagmire... Read more
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