Republicans Always Listen to the Pentagon—Except When It Says Climate Change Is Real
July 23, 2014

When the DOD says it needs something, Republicans usually listen. Except on this issue.

A Sergeant Pimped Out Female Soldiers. The Army's Going After a John.
This is progress for the military
December 03, 2013

Yet again, a soldier employed by the U.S. military’s sexual assault and harassment program has been accused of being a sexual predator. And Sgt.

Washington's Going to War ... And Chuck Hagel's in Brunei
August 29, 2013

An intervention in Syria is expected to take over American airwaves any day now, but here on the sun-baked coast of Borneo, all there is to see are the choreographed pleasantries of small-bore diplomacy. Ten American reporters have accompanied U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to the tiny nation of Brunei (anthem: “God Bless the Sultan”), where he is attending a conference of Southeast Asian defense officials, even while back at the Pentagon the wheels of the war machine he commands are beginning to grind in earnest.

Why Ted Cruz and Rand Paul Are Taking on Military Sex Assault
July 16, 2013

Kirsten Gillibrand has made two unlikely allies in her efforts to address the military’s endemic problems with sexual abuse: Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas.

Boondoggle Goes Boom
A demented tale of how the Army actually does business
June 19, 2013

A demented tale of how the Army actually does business.

Jeffrey Eugenides’s Washington
The author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot tours the seat of power.
March 04, 2013

The author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot tours the seat of power.

Cyber Fail
The Obama administration's lousy record on cyber security
February 04, 2013

The Obama administration's approach to cyber security has been a disaster.

Retrenchment Games
Forget Iran—Chuck Hagel's toughest fight will be the Pentagon's budget
January 30, 2013

Forget Iran. Chuck Hagel's toughest fight will be the Pentagon's budget.

The Washington Post's Confused Anti-Hagel Crusade
January 11, 2013

WaPo's editorial board has given two completely opposite reasons for disliking Hagel.

Don't Believe What Today's GOP Says About the Foreign Policy "Mainstream"
January 10, 2013

When Barack Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense, I assume that he knew what he was getting into. The debate over Hagel’s nomination won’t be about whether he is qualified to run the Pentagon and to negotiate budgets with Congress, but about Hagel’s views on Israel and Iran. Initially, some of Hagel’s critics charged that he was an anti-Semite. But these charges rightfully met with derision.