David Vine: The Bases of War in the Middle EastNovember 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 JobOctober 2014
The Pentagon overhauls its identification process.
Wounding RadiusOctober 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 BombingAugust 2014
Why you should expect more bombs to be dropped everywhere.
Tom Engelhardt: The Age of ImpunityJuly 2014
What a moment it is! For the national security state and the corporate sector.
Paul Kiel: Protecting Soldiers from Predatory LendingJune 2014
To protect service members, the Defense Department plans broad ban on high-cost loans.
Helen Benedict: The Moral Confusion of Post-War AmericaMay 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 AfricaMay 2014
A secret African mission and an African mission that’s no secret.
Ann Jones: Star-Spangled BaggageApril 2014
How America’s wars came home with the troops.
Nick Turse: AFRICOM Goes to War on the SlyApril 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 MissingApril 2014
Pentagon mission that solves few MIA cases each year will make reforms.
Mitch Swenson: Postcards from UkraineMarch 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 AfricaMarch 2014
Documents reveal blinding pace of ops in 2013, and more of the same for 2014.
Mattea Kramer: The Pentagon’s Phony Budget WarMarch 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 AmendmentFebruary 2014
How to build a post-Constitutional America one death at a time.
Chase Madar: The Folly of Arming IsraelFebruary 2014
Why America should stop arming Israel to the teeth.
Nick Turse: The Special Ops SurgeJanuary 2014
Elite U.S. forces are deployed in 134 countries. We know little about their missions.
Jennifer Percy: We Kill Ourselves Because We Are HauntedJanuary 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 SoldiersDecember 2013
How the United States recruits child soldiers.
Ann Jones: The Losers From Our Lost WarsNovember 2013
How the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan first silenced our soldiers and then defeated them.
Guernica Films: Measure of a LifeNovember 2013
Face-to-face with survivors of one of the most infamous drone strikes in Pakistan.
Tom Engelhardt: Why Washington Can’t StopOctober 2013
The coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts.
William Astore: The Business of America is WarOctober 2013
When it comes to war, we are all customers and consumers.
Tom Engelhardt: The Etiquette of War and SurveillanceOctober 2013
Colonel Manners demystifies national security etiquette for the masses.
David Vine: The Italian JobOctober 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 DebtMay 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 DoorsMarch 2013
Tyrants at home and abroad.
Cora Currier: Drone Strikes Test Legal Grounds for War on TerrorFebruary 2013
What constitutes 'necessary and appropriate force'?
Ann Jones: Counting Down to 2014 in AfghanistanJanuary 2013
Three lousy options: pick one.
Justin Elliott: America’s Arms Sales To Bahrain Amid Bloody CrackdownJanuary 2013
As Bahrain's government stifles dissent, the US supplies them with military hardware.
Anything That MovesJanuary 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 FlyDecember 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 BattleshipsNovember 2012
Technology is reshaping the face of U.S. military power, but is it for the best?
Dilip Hiro: The Alliance From HellOctober 2012
How the U.S. and Pakistan became the dysfunctional nuclear family of international relations.
Noam Chomsky: The Week the World Stood StillOctober 2012
The Cuban Missile Crisis and ownership of the world.
Peter Van Buren: Don’t Ask and Don’t TellOctober 2012
During the next two presidential debates, some important foreign policy questions won't be asked.
Tom Engelhardt: Overwrought EmpireOctober 2012
The discrediting of U.S. military power.
Mattea Kramer: Tough Talk for AmericaOctober 2012
A guide to the presidential debates you won't be hearing.
Nick Turse: Afghanistan’s Base BonanzaSeptember 2012
Despite years of talk about American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the number of military bases there has steadily expanded.
Brandon Lingle: Queen’s CreekAugust 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 AmericaAugust 2012
A guide to disaster at home and abroad.
Tom Engelhardt: Mission Failure: AfghanistanAugust 2012
A message written in blood that no one wants to hear.
Joe Penney: A Mystery Airstrike and Mali’s “Inevitable” WarJuly 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 StrategyJuly 2012
The Pentagon's system of overseas bases is evolving, and a new model for warfare is evolving with it.
Nan Levinson: Mad, Bad, SadJune 2012
Could one key to helping our military veterans be providing assistance for moral injuries?
Tom Engelhardt: Praying at the Church of St. DroneJune 2012
An unprecedented expansion of authority has created a new role for the president: Assassin-in-Chief.
Simulating IraqAugust 2011
Imagining the war before the war.
Full Metal RacketMay 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 WavesBy Salar Abdoh
It wasn't him they were so worried about. It was the half dozen grenades still wrapped to his wetsuit.