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Opening Shots Fired in the War Over Guantanamo

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Republican lawmakers are exploiting the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in order to strengthen their argument that Washington is still in the middle of an active war on Islamist extremism. To put the message more alarmingly: If it could happen in broad daylight in Paris, it could happen in DC or New York.

Missing What's Being Built Right Before Our Eyes

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.20.2015 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

From the point of view of the U.S. military and the national security state, the period from September 12, 2001 to late last night could be summed up in a single word: more. What Washington funded with your tax dollars was a bacchanalia of expansion.

Jimmy Carter Believes Surveillance Has 'Gone Too Far'

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics

Former President Jimmy Carter thinks surveillance programs have “gone too far," the Georgia Democrat told HuffPost Live in an interview Tuesday. He ...

Will the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Kill Intelligence Reform in the United States?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Just as the gruesome beheadings in Syria rallied a once war-weary public to support the deployment of US troops in both Iraq and Syria, the brutal assault at Charlie Hebdo could have the effect of convincing more Americans that US intelligence should keep the power they have in order to detect a similar act of violence.

New Year, Old Challenges... For Climate Change

Ghislaine Maxwell | Posted 01.05.2015 | Green
Ghislaine Maxwell

Americans, according to a recent Pew poll, are the most worried they've been about Islamic extremism since 2007. But what boggles the mind is that fewer than half name climate change as a potential threat. This is disturbing.

Book Excerpt: A World of Giving

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 12.22.2014 | Books
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Today, many of America's most prominent foundations support institutions or programs abroad, but few have been active on the global stage for as long as Carnegie Corporation of New York.

50 Years Ago Today: First Flight of the SR-71 Blackbird

Keith Thomson | Posted 12.22.2014 | Technology
Keith Thomson

The first SR-71 to enter service was delivered to the 4200th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Beale Air Force Base in January, 1966. A total of thirty-two Blackbirds served until 1998, never succumbing to enemy action.

Real Americans

Christopher Holshek | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

One of NFL Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcell's more oft-used quotes is: "You are what your record says you are." That doesn't just apply to sports teams. Team America's record of late has not been of the champion of the values we say define who we are and what we're about. Our record says more about our real identity more than the one we imagine.

3 Thoughts on Torture Following the Release of the SSCI Report on Torture 2014

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

If we as a nation do not demand accountability for the truth revealed in this report, then how can we ever make sure that such immoral, illegal, evil acts (or worse) will not be repeated in the future? Accountability sets a strong and undeniable deterrence factor.

Beyond M.A.D.: Reviving Nuclear War

Robert Koehler | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Unless the paradigm shifts and we redefine ourselves as a nation -- and we redefine our relationship to other nations, including our alleged enemies -- our future is nuclear weapons we can use.

New Global Corruption Scores Must Be A Wake Up Call to UN and World Bank

Frank Vogl | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Frank Vogl

The leading multilateral institutions like to hold meetings on this topic and pontificate and yet their record of helping to reduce corruption in many of the world's poorest countries is lamentable. They continue to enjoy overly cozy relations with thoroughly corrupt governments.

What to Expect From Obama?

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Julia E. Sweig

With two more years in the White House, is Barack Obama really a lame duck, or can we expect some audacity from this often infuriatingly low-key president? Based on what we've seen in just one month, my bet is on a lot more to come.

The American Global Stance as Chuck Hagel Departs

David Coates | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
David Coates

As Republican pressure grows on a beleaguered president to become even more militarily assertive on a range of global issues from the Ukraine to the Levant, we all need to ask ourselves a few questions.

Solving the Threat to our Energy Grid

Rebecca Abrahams | Posted 01.21.2015 | Technology
Rebecca Abrahams

co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & CTO Ziklag Systems Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency and head of the US ...

The New Face of Our Military's Energy Security

Michael Wu | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Michael Wu

Last week, the Air Force unveiled its latest technological innovation. With a fleet of Nissan Leafs, Ford F-series trucks, and other vehicles, the Air Force took an important step that may eventually revolutionize how we think about the cars we drive and the way we keep the lights on.

Enact the USA Freedom Act

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

The proposed Act is a huge step forward in our nation's effort to redesign our surveillance programs to protect the privacy of American citizens without sacrificing the compelling need to protect our national security. This legislation should be signed by the President -- without delay.

Japan's Real National Security Challenge -- and What It Means For America

Aki Peritz | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Aki Peritz

Tokyo's greatest national security challenge isn't actually Beijing or Pyongyang. Rather, it's the rapidly aging population that seriously undermines Japan's long-term ability to adequately protect itself.

Global Leadership for U.S. National Security

Joe Sestak | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Joe Sestak

The United States is a global power with global interests. Our future will depend on how successful we are in shaping a more stable world, from pushing back ISIS in Iraq to checking an aggressive Russia, from nurturing peace in the Middle East to containing the spread of Ebola.

Reframing Our Perception of National Security

Nate Jara | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Nate Jara

In just the last couple of months the answer has shifted from radical Islamists, to Russia, back to radical Islamists with the rise of ISIS, to Ebola, and now back to radical Islamists. But nobody seems to be getting at the underlying assumption that these issues represent significant threats to the welfare of the American people.

The Two Senate Republicans Who Won on Tuesday Night

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

You can call it a "wave," a "thumpin'," or a "shellacking," but whatever term that the pundits and politicians use, it's quite clear that the Republican Party made a loud statement on Election Night.

Another Ho-Hum Week Surveilling You

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Let me tell you my modest post-9/11 dream. One morning, I'll see a newspaper article that begins something like this: "The FBI is attempting to persuade an obscure regulatory body in Washington to change its rules of engagement in order to curtail the agency's significant powers to hack into and carry out surveillance of computers."

Ali Watkins

Here Come The Hawks: Foreign Policy Under A GOP Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When Republicans take the reins of the Senate in January, they'll bring a new round of international hawks into the upper chamber. And w...

The Real Danger to Israel's Security Is Netanyahu

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.04.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

One need not look far and wide to discern Netanyahu's disingenuousness and misguided policies that have only undermined Israel's future security. He uses his political skills to deceive and mislead in order to "protect himself from political defeat" while disregarding what is best for the future of the state.

Rand Paul's Message on Foreign Policy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Whether you love him or hate him, Rand Paul is succeeding in doing something that other Republican candidates have not done in a very long time: broaden the foreign policy debate within the Republican Party in order to encompass a growing libertarian streak among younger Americans.

Hawks Demand More Military Spending Than During Cold War: Stop Squandering 'Defense' Dollars on Other Nations

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

America does not spend too little on the military. Rather, Washington attempts to do too much with the amount that it spends on the military. America's policy of promiscuous foreign intervention would be foolish even if it was not costly. But it is both.