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National Counterterrorism Planning: Who's Calling the Plays?

Jeffrey D. Ratner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey D. Ratner

In the wake of the September 11th attacks, it was clear that significant gaps in U.S. counterterrorism structures had left us vulnerable to attack. But nine years later, many gaps still exist.

Dispatch From the Police State

Michael A. Stackpole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael A. Stackpole

The one thing that's being missed in the outrage over Arizona's immigration law is that this is not an immigration issue: it is a national security issue. Arizona is the kidnapping capital of the U.S..

CLIMATE CHANGE CANNOT WAIT

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

This country and the planet cannot afford to delay climate and clean energy legislation. It is that simple. Every day Washington politics puts our cle...

Razing Arizona

Michael D. Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael D. Brown

Stop razing Arizona and hold accountable those in Congress who fail to secure the borders, north and south, on land and sea, and in cyberspace and air.

New START and the Obama Nuclear Agenda

Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.) | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lt. General Robert G. Gard Jr. (USA, Ret.)

New START is just that: a start. Despite the end of the U.S.-Soviet competition, the remaining 23,000 nuclear bombs across the globe present a clear and present danger to U.S. security.

The Ties That Bind Are Not Always Best

Emma Belcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Belcher

While there are certainly benefits to international treaties, they are notoriously plagued by problems of time; time that, in the case of nuclear terrorism, we might not have.

Great Jobs for Veterans in Cybersecurity?

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Craig Newmark

There's a big shortage of people who're good at cybersecurity stuff, particularly involving networking. It's not only Homeland Security that's hiring.

A Final Letter to Alan Dershowitz (for Now)

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Ben-Ami

The days when our community could act as if disagreements don't exist and could muscle those with competing views off the stage are long over.

Guiding U.S. National Security and Military Policy: Whose Opinion Matters?

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rahim Kanani

The explosion and reach of citizen journalism and commentary, made possible by the Internet, has unquestionably democratized the decision-making processes of the U.S. government.

Obama Can Help the World's Women

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rahim Kanani

In accepting the Nobel, Obama must spearhead a bold and unprecedented initiative aimed at one of the most pervasive human rights violations of the 21st century: violence against women and girls worldwide.

U.S.-Indian Nuke Transactions Go From Bad to Worse

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

Between India's elites failing to see expected returns, masses denied energy and sustainable development and U.S. plans thwarted by the Indian legislature, the India-U.S. nuclear deal has been a lose-lose-lose deal.

Memo to Obama: Dismiss McChrystal II

Michael Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Carmichael

In order to maintain the chain of command over the armed services as well as within your administration, it would be foolish to retain the services of General Stanley McChrystal.

A Direct Answer to Alan Dershowitz and a Challenge Back

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Ben-Ami

Alan, first, I am pleased to be asked what my opinion is rather than to be told. You ask whether I claim a direct relationship between Israel's acti...

Seed of Destruction: Nuclear 'Pits'

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The Obama administration is making generous concessions to the nuclear industry presumably, to win votes from Republicans on the new START treaty and other disarmament measures.

The Futility of Trying to Debate Our Way to Disarmament

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

When all the arguments are assembled, it becomes apparent how difficult it is to argue for disarmament without sounding like you're soft on national security.

Setting a Standard by Which to Judge Our Lives

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gary Hart

The views of others would be welcome on this question: If climate is changing in ways that will adversely affect the planet, is this a moral issue?

Found: A Portal to the Conservative Soul

Russ Wellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Russ Wellen

The elimination of nuclear weapons is actually consistent with conservative Christian theology.

School Lunches Blamed As More Americans Too Overweight To Join The Military

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Too fat to fight? Many American children are so overweight from being fed french fries, pizza and other unhealthy foods at school l...

'Cyberwar': Richard Clarke On Why The Google Hacking Is A Sign Of Future Threats (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

After news this morning that Google was hacked and that the Chinese government was possibly behind it, the threat of cyber attacks has become more sal...

Are School Lunches A National Security Threat?

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON — Too fat to fight? Many American children are so overweight from being fed french fries, pizza and other unhealthy foods at school l...

Sarah Palin's Right: You Should Run on Energy

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Over the past week, Sarah Palin encouraged Tea-Party candidates to make energy issues a central part of their campaigns. "There's nothing stopping us ...

Note to Lloyd Blankfein: CEO Stupidity Is the Best Defense

Stanley Bing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stanley Bing

So Lloyd? I know you're busy, but give it some thought. If your senior guys were so clueless, should you avail yourself of the right to have been the most clueless of all?

Volcano 1, Internet 0.01

David Weinberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Weinberger

In a time of international crisis, the Internet failed almost utterly. At least in my limited experience. Here are the things that I could not do ove...

Staying in One of the Catbird Seats

Dr. Vladimir A. Masch | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Vladimir A. Masch

In order to stay in one of the catbird seats of the 21st century, and to protect the democratic components of the world order, the US has to do two things.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....