The defense industry dreams of genies. That’s because it is really hard to get the genie back into bottle after you let it loose. Really, the only option after releasing a genie is to invent new, expensive ways to combat it. And that’s been the story of America’s persistent gift to posterity—the “nuclear genie.” Just [...]
Will the Pentagon’s planned reduction of the Army to “pre-World War II levels” be met with post-World War II solutions, or post-Vietnam-like problems?
Last year, government contracting behemoth Boeing paid an effective tax rate of -1.4%. Yes, you read that correctly—negative 1.4%. According to a new report from the Center for Effective Government, one of America’s biggest corporations, with profits ranging from $1.6 to $5.9 billion over the last five years, found ways to whittle down its effective [...]
Secretary of State John Kerry declared climate change “a threat to national security” and likened it to a “weapon of mass destruction, perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” His declaration during a speech in Jakarta, Indonesia came on the heels of President Obama’s visit to drought-stricken California to deliver both aid and [...]
What exactly is al-Qaeda? Is it a group of committed jihadists previously led by Osama bin Laden? Or is it a “brand?” Is the enemy just the so-called “core” al-Qaeda, or is it now an amorphous conglomerate of affiliates, franchisees and enthusiasts? If “core al-Qaeda” is, as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper just said [...]« go back — keep looking »