Who, and What, Identifies a Threat?

by Paul R. Pillar Among the roles that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff plays is that of “global force integrator,” which entails setting priorities in addressing threats around the world and recommending where to deploy U.S. military… Continue Reading  

Bestselling Pentagon Fiction

by William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger For the Pentagon, happy days are here again (if they ever left). With a budget totaling more than $1.4 trillion for the next two years, the department is riding high, even as it… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan: A Failure to Tell the Truth

by John Glaser and John Mueller Speaking to the press in the Oval Office in July, President Trump acknowledged the need to “extricate ourselves” from Afghanistan. “We have been there for 19 years,” he complained. “It’s ridiculous.” This was not… Continue Reading  

Will AI Swing the 2020 Election?

by John Feffer Imagine, on the day before the 2020 presidential election, that someone posts a video of the Democratic candidate talking before a group of donors. The candidate admits to being ashamed to be an American, confesses that the… Continue Reading  

GI Suicide: Maybe It’s the Job?

by Lawrence Wilkerson The suicide rate among veterans and, now, among active-duty GIs is at an historic high. The U.S. Marine Corps, for example, just turned in an all-time record in 2018 for attempted and successful suicides in a year… Continue Reading