Tag: military

Adam Hochschild: Why No One Remembers the Peacemakers

December 2014

How we celebrate war over and over and peace once.

David Vine: The Bases of War in the Middle East

November 2014

From Carter to the Islamic State, 35 years of building bases and sowing disaster in the Middle East

Megan McCloskey: Head of Flawed Effort to ID Missing Soldiers Loses Job

October 2014

The Pentagon overhauls its identification process.

Wounding Radius

October 2014

American Empires: PFC Larry Pierson, a 21-year-old Afghanistan veteran from Vermilion, South Dakota, had made off with four M-16 A2s, six thirty-round magazines of ammo, and two M67 grenades.

William J. Astore: The American Cult of Bombing

August 2014

Why you should expect more bombs to be dropped everywhere.

Tom Engelhardt: The Age of Impunity

July 2014

What a moment it is! For the national security state and the corporate sector.

Paul Kiel: Protecting Soldiers from Predatory Lending

June 2014

To protect service members, the Defense Department plans broad ban on high-cost loans.

Helen Benedict: The Moral Confusion of Post-War America

May 2014

At a Manhattan bookstore, Iraqi author Hassan Blasim’s reading touches off a discussion of more than just literature.

Nick Turse: The U.S. Military’s New Normal in Africa

May 2014

A secret African mission and an African mission that’s no secret.

Ann Jones: Star-Spangled Baggage

April 2014

How America’s wars came home with the troops.

Nick Turse: AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

April 2014

U.S. officials talk candidly about bases, winning hearts and minds, and the “war” in Africa.

Megan McCloskey: Pentagon Overhauls Effort to Identify Its Missing

April 2014

Pentagon mission that solves few MIA cases each year will make reforms.

Mitch Swenson: Postcards from Ukraine

March 2014

From Kiev to Crimea, glimpses of daily life against a fast-changing political backdrop.

Nick Turse: U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa

March 2014

Documents reveal blinding pace of ops in 2013, and more of the same for 2014.

Mattea Kramer: The Pentagon’s Phony Budget War

March 2014

Or how the U.S. Military avoided budget cuts, lied about doing so, then asked for billions more.

Peter Van Buren: Drone Killing the Fifth Amendment

February 2014

How to build a post-Constitutional America one death at a time.

Chase Madar: The Folly of Arming Israel

February 2014

Why America should stop arming Israel to the teeth.

Nick Turse: The Special Ops Surge

January 2014

Elite U.S. forces are deployed in 134 countries. We know little about their missions.

Jennifer Percy: We Kill Ourselves Because We Are Haunted

January 2014

'I wanted to talk to veterans and the families of veterans for the same reason that many were telling me I could not talk to them.' An excerpt from Demon Camp.

Ann Jones: America’s Child Soldiers

December 2013

How the United States recruits child soldiers.

Ann Jones: The Losers From Our Lost Wars

November 2013

How the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan first silenced our soldiers and then defeated them.

Guernica Films: Measure of a Life

November 2013

Face-to-face with survivors of one of the most infamous drone strikes in Pakistan.

Tom Engelhardt: Why Washington Can’t Stop

October 2013

The coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts.

William Astore: The Business of America is War

October 2013

When it comes to war, we are all customers and consumers.

Tom Engelhardt: The Etiquette of War and Surveillance

October 2013

Colonel Manners demystifies national security etiquette for the masses.

David Vine: The Italian Job

October 2013

How the Italian peninsula became a major center of U.S. military power.

Joe Winkler: Military Hyper-Efficiency at What Cost?

August 2013

A review of David M. Kennedy's The Modern American Military reveals the trade-offs we've made for our ultra-professional, self-contained, all-volunteer force.

Michael T. Klare: The Cold War Redux?

May 2013

Are Washington, Moscow, and Beijing using the global arms trade to create a new Cold War?

Paul Kiel & Mitchell Hartman: Soldiers Defeated by Debt

May 2013

Federal law is supposed to protect service members from predatory lending, but many military personnel are trapped in high-interest debt.

David Vine: Where Has All the Money Gone?

May 2013

Contractors have raked in $385 billion to build and maintain military bases overseas. How much of the total is fraud?

Ann Jones: Men Who Kick Down Doors

March 2013

Tyrants at home and abroad.

Cora Currier: Drone Strikes Test Legal Grounds for War on Terror

February 2013

What constitutes 'necessary and appropriate force'?

Ann Jones: Counting Down to 2014 in Afghanistan

January 2013

Three lousy options: pick one.

Justin Elliott: America’s Arms Sales To Bahrain Amid Bloody Crackdown

January 2013

As Bahrain's government stifles dissent, the US supplies them with military hardware.

Anything That Moves

January 2013

Recently unearthed documents and testimony reveal that the U.S.’s war crimes in Vietnam were far more widespread—and egregious—than previously known.

Nora Connor: Learning to Fly

December 2012

Two women bridge the military-civilian gap to talk about machine guns and womanliness, dealing with trauma, and breaking old rules.

Alfred W. McCoy: Beyond Bayonets and Battleships

November 2012

Technology is reshaping the face of U.S. military power, but is it for the best?

Dilip Hiro: The Alliance From Hell

October 2012

How the U.S. and Pakistan became the dysfunctional nuclear family of international relations.

Noam Chomsky: The Week the World Stood Still

October 2012

The Cuban Missile Crisis and ownership of the world.

Peter Van Buren: Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell

October 2012

During the next two presidential debates, some important foreign policy questions won't be asked.

Tom Engelhardt: Overwrought Empire

October 2012

The discrediting of U.S. military power.

Mattea Kramer: Tough Talk for America

October 2012

A guide to the presidential debates you won't be hearing.

Nick Turse: Afghanistan’s Base Bonanza

September 2012

Despite years of talk about American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the number of military bases there has steadily expanded.

Brandon Lingle: Queen’s Creek

August 2012

Back from Iraq, a veteran meditates on the past, present, and future of American warfare, and the small creek in Virginia where they all flow together.

Greg Muttitt: Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?

August 2012

How an American disaster paved the way for Big Oil's rise—and possible fall—in Iraq.

Peter van Buren: How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan, or America

August 2012

A guide to disaster at home and abroad.

Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: Afghanistan

August 2012

A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.

Joe Penney: A Mystery Airstrike and Mali’s “Inevitable” War

July 2012

Calls for a Western intervention in northern Mali, now being called “Africa’s Afghanistan,” rely on logical fallacies and ignore recent history.

David Vine: The Lily-Pad Strategy

July 2012

The Pentagon's system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.

Nan Levinson: Mad, Bad, Sad

June 2012

Could one key to helping our military veterans be providing assistance for moral injuries?

Tom Engelhardt: Praying at the Church of St. Drone

June 2012

An unprecedented expansion of authority has created a new role for the president: Assassin-in-Chief.

Simulating Iraq

August 2011

Imagining the war before the war.

Full Metal Racket

May 2011 The Rolling Stone reporter on his blockbuster articles, how the generals pushed Obama into a war he didn’t want to fight, and the Pentagon’s effort to tear down the wall between PR and propaganda.

Ex-detainees allege US, Afghan abuse (video)

June 2009 According to the BBC, as the Obama administration takes action to shut down Guantanamo, a detention facility in Bagram (a US military base in Afghanistan) expands. Ex-detainees talk to the BBC about their time at Bagram.

The Waves

By Salar Abdoh
September 2005

It wasn't him they were so worried about. It was the half dozen grenades still wrapped to his wetsuit.