Author Archives: Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

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.

An Enduring Domain for Peace has opposed unnecessary wars since Bosnia in 1995.

The Cult of Air Power Won’t Destroy ISIS

Bluster about carpet bombing cities sidesteps important questions about rules of engagement and the Geneva Conventions.

Obama’s Guantanamo Challenge

As his final term concludes, the president must decide if he will try to override Congress in closing Gitmo.

Finding Justice for Veterans

When even highly decorated soldiers fail to reenter civilian life, a prison alternative helps them straighten out.

No More Tweets from Tahrir Square

As the U.S. aids Egypt’s latest authoritarian regime, dissidents struggle to be heard.

How Republican Primaries Create More Pentagon Pork

Military reformers debunk the defense establishment wishlists embraced by Fiorina and other hawks.

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