Author Archives: Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

Reagan Redux at the Pentagon

Why Trump is attracted to Cold War tactics, including big defense spending

The New Battle for Afghanistan

With Trump’s attention elsewhere, the defense establishment seems set on sending more troops there.

Can Bergdahl Get a Fair Trial?

His new commander-in-chief has repeatedly said he should be executed.

Trump and Israel

Will he actively pursue Israel’s interests or merely let both sides of the conflict do their thing?

Is Civilian Control of the Military in Jeopardy?

And is it really any better?

Should the 9/11 Lawsuits Proceed?

The law now says they can, but the debate rages on.

The Unsung Hero of American Air Power

Legendary test pilot Chuck Myers fought for smart defense spending.

Rise of the American Mercenary

Thousands of private contractors are in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now they may be in Syria, too.

The Return of Torture?

CIA and Congress oppose Trump’s push—but the public may not.

The Veeps on War

They are both hawkish.

Clinton’s Syria War Plans

Her national-security team-in-waiting wants a return to big U.S. interventions.

Fallujah in Ruins

The people the U.S. helped to liberate are being abused all over again.

Military-Industrial Election

How defense firms spend campaign cash

Will Women Dodge the Draft?

Legislation allowing female conscription began as a protest, but the Pentagon now supports it.

How Wartime Washington Lives in Luxury

Meet the new class profiting from the growth of the national-security state.

Obama’s Witness for the Prosecution

Merrick Garland’s appointment to the Supreme Court would ensure deference to bipartisan executive overreach.

Lessons From the Bergdahl Affair

What a podcast is teaching us about military recruiting, counterinsurgency strategy, and how we treat missing Americans.

Addicted to Los Alamos

The U.S. is treaty-bound to cut its atomic arsenal, but the nuclear-industrial complex can’t stop building.

Stop Pandering to Veterans

Advocates for returning service members want serious engagement—not rhetoric used to score partisan points.

When Money Can’t Buy An Army

For over a decade, the U.S. has spent billions on Afghanistan’s security forces—with little to show for it.

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