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Entrepreneurialism and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.25.2015 | Business
Daniel Wagner

Entrepreneurs play an important role in national economic health and economic competitiveness. What is less recognized, and becoming increasingly important, is the role entrepreneurs also play in national security.

The Long-Range Threat Is Poor Education, Not Nukes

Hal Donahue | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Hal Donahue

Without a strong education base, a global power cannot maintain its leadership position. The United States' massive investments in education following World War II and during the Cold War space race allowed the nation to successfully compete on existing resources. This trend is ending.

The New American Order

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Based on developments in our post-9/11 world, we could be watching the birth of a new American political system and a way of governing for which, as yet, we have no name. The evidence of this is all around us, and yet it's as if we can't bear to take it in or make sense of it.

A Bumper Crop of Banana(s) Republicans

John Bradshaw | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
John Bradshaw

Under the new "Cotton doctrine," America's commitments are only good for as long as the president who signed them remains in office. This is the way banana republics do business, not the United States. It's an approach unworthy of our diplomatic traditions, and one that damages our ability to work with other nations.

Being Wrong in Washington as a Career Enhancer

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In our era in Washington, whole careers have been built on grotesque mistakes. In fact, when it comes to our various conflicts, God save you if you're right; no one will ever want to hear from you again. If you're wrong, however... well, take the invasion of Iraq.

Rationalizing Lunacy: The Intellectual as Servant of the State

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

Policy intellectuals -- eggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for office -- are a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and has brought to the verge of extinction the simple ability to perceive reality. A benign appearance -- well-dressed types testifying before Congress, pontificating in print and on TV, or even filling key positions in the executive branch -- belies a malign impact. Do we really need that chatter? Does it enhance the quality of U.S. policy? If policy/defense/action intellectuals fell silent would America be less secure? Let me propose an experiment. Put them on furlough. Send them back to school for reeducation. Let's see if we are able to make do without them even for a month or two.

Cyber Crime

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 03.05.2015 | Technology
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

The guys with the guns in the old days usually got caught eventually and sent off to the lockup. The cyber thieves of today are living it up on our money, contemptuous of the law.

Kate Sheppard

Climate Change Helped Fuel The Syrian Conflict, New Paper Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

An unprecedented climate change-fueled drought contributed to the political unrest in Syria, a new paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the Na...

It May Be Speaker John Boehner and the GOP That Do Not Love America

Michelle Kraus | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Rudy, oh dear Mr. Former Mayor, it seems that that you got it all wrong when you accused the president of not loving America. It's so hard to watch you spout such stuff because you were such a respected man.

Boehner's and Bibi's Blunders 'Liberate' U.S. Foreign Policy from NeoCons

Paul Abrams | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Now, thanks to Speaker Boehner, the Republicans have no credibility or standing on national security. None, zero, zorch, nada. The next time you hear a Republican bleating about national security, you can have a good laugh.

Republicans Shift To National Security Ahead Of 2016

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., Feb 28 (Reuters) - If this week was any indication, Republicans could spend much of the 2016 p...

4 Ways the Drug War Harms National Security

James Carli | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
James Carli

Just think of where we could be as a nation if some of the people spending years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense could have, instead, studied sustainable architecture or climate change adaptation?

National Security and the 2016 Election

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Like it or not, the 2016 presidential election will be about national security. And most Americans and most voters will be very fearful of the threat that the Islamic State represents and confused about how we should respond. The Islamic State is a true threat, and one that presents difficult if not impossible choices.

Jeb, Swearing He's His Own Man, Bear Hugs Brother's Failed Foreign Policy

Rep. Ruben Gallego | Posted 02.20.2015 | Politics
Rep. Ruben Gallego

For anyone who served on the ground in Iraq there is something horrifying about the idea of the ideologically blind, strategically ignorant "thinkers" -- Paul Wolfowitz chief among them -- who sent us into a misguided war without a plan to win the peace coming back into office. And yet, Jeb wants to get the gang back together.

'Green News Report' - February 19, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 02.19.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Another day, another oil explosion, this time at an Exxon refinery in C...

In Whose America?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In sum, we, the people, are ever less in control of anything. The police are increasingly not "ours," nor are the NSA and its colleague outfits "our" intelligence agencies, nor are the wars we are fighting "our" wars, nor the elections in which we vote "our" elections.

Iowa Wants to Let You Carry Your Drivers License On Your Phone

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 02.13.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

There's now a technology to replace almost everything in your wallet. Your cash, credit cards, and loyalty programs are all on their way to becoming obsolete.

Obama's Last National Security Strategy

John Feffer | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

This National Security Strategy will not likely silence administration critics or secure the White House for a Democratic successor in 2016. But it at least illuminates what Obama will try to accomplish globally in his last two years in office and, more importantly, how he will spin those efforts.

Our Addiction to Fossil Fuel Is Taking Us on the Road to Nowhere

Kumi Naidoo | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Kumi Naidoo

Energy security was high on the agenda of world leaders in 2014. Governments all over the world are now trying to come up with plans to ensure stable energy supply. Our quest for energy security must go hand in hand with the quest for true security. Our addiction to fossil fuel is taking us on the road to nowhere.

Countering Domestic Terrorism

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

The attacks on Pearl Harbor and September 11th angered and catalyzed America into action. But terror can also terrorize a nation into inaction and even panic. Overreaction is always possible. Much more needs to be done to counter domestic terror -- and not just in America.

America Needs a More Focused and Restrained National Security Strategy

Ivan Eland | Posted 02.09.2015 | Politics
Ivan Eland

As the American cable news entertainment channels focus on the artificial American Sniper controversy, the Obama administration's issuance of its second and final national security strategy was buried deep in the back pages of the newspapers.

The Kennedy-Johnson Climate Legacy

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

Fifty years after President Johnson signaled a new concern to Congress in carbon pollution, we know he was right. Fifty years from now, how will the next generation look back on us? Will they say that we dealt with a moral and technological challenge of our time?

Kate Sheppard

Obama's National Security Strategy Lists Climate Change Among 'Top Strategic Risks' To U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's new national security strategy, released Friday, puts a top priority on climate change, calling it "an urgent...

Opening Shots Fired in the War Over Guantanamo

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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.