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The Pentagon is building an app store for cyberoperations

From The Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode. An exclusive look at DARPA’s Plan X, a virtual-reality system for US cyber warriors to see attacks coming over networks and more quickly fight against them. After the piece aired, I moderated an event with DARPA featuring a live demo of the system. 

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Dispatch from Pakistan: Drones, love poems, and CSI

Articles from my East-West center trip to Pakistan in April 2014 at National Journal: Pakistan wants drones, and it doesn’t need America’s permission to get them.  CSI-Pakistan: To Catch a Terrorist Pakistan is only now beginning to learn how to collect evidence needed to track and prosecute terrorists in its midst. In Pakistan, Drones Have […]

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The Boy's Club

The Boy’s Club

From National Journal Magazine, September 5, 2013. How the Military’s ‘Bro’ Culture Turns Women Into Targets The sexual-assault epidemic plaguing the armed forces is rooted in a hypermasculine ethos that fosters predation.

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The Long Tail

From National Journal Magazine, July 25, 2013 Sequester will cut payments to weapons-makers today. But that could raise costs tomorrow. The anatomy of a fighter jet shows how.

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Why Edward Snowden Is Wrong

National Journal Magazine, June 13, 2013. Whether he’s a hero or traitor, Americans are already so acclimated to the loss of privacy that his revelations won’t unnerve them much. (With Michael Hirsh.)

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Major Battles in the House Armed Services Committee

National Journal Daily, Special Issue, June 12, 2013. House Armed Services Chair Buck McKeon and his defense-conscious colleagues are left to fend off—or at least try to mitigate and manage—what looks to be inevitable: a Pentagon budget spiraling downward, after two long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Add to that the declining power of Armed […]

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The Pentagon is building an app store for cyberoperations

From The Christian Science Monitor’s Passcode.
An exclusive look at DARPA’s Plan X, a virtual-reality system for US cyber warriors to see attacks coming over networks and more quickly fight against them. After the piece aired, I moderated an event with DARPA featuring a live demo of the system. PlanPreview

Dispatch from Pakistan: Drones, love poems, and CSI

Articles from my East-West center trip to Pakistan in April 2014 at National Journal:

Pakistan wants drones, and it doesn’t need America’s permission to get them. 

CSI-Pakistan: To Catch a Terrorist
Pakistan is only now beginning to learn how to collect evidence needed to track and prosecute terrorists in its midst.

In Pakistan, Drones Have Made Their Way into Love Poems
“I am looking for you like a drone, my love. You have become Osama, no one knows your whereabouts.”

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The Boy’s Club

From National Journal Magazine, September 5, 2013.
How the Military’s ‘Bro’ Culture Turns Women Into Targets
The sexual-assault epidemic plaguing the armed forces is rooted in a hypermasculine ethos that fosters predation.

The Boy's Club

The Long Tail

From National Journal Magazine, July 25, 2013
Sequester will cut payments to weapons-makers today. But that could raise costs tomorrow. The anatomy of a fighter jet shows how.
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Why Edward Snowden Is Wrong

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National Journal Magazine, June 13, 2013.
Whether he’s a hero or traitor, Americans are already so acclimated to the loss of privacy that his revelations won’t unnerve them much. (With Michael Hirsh.)

Major Battles in the House Armed Services Committee

National Journal Daily, Special Issue, June 12, 2013.
House Armed Services Chair Buck McKeon and his defense-conscious colleagues are left to fend off—or at least try to mitigate and manage—what looks to be inevitable: a Pentagon budget spiraling downward, after two long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Add to that the declining power of Armed Services and other committees in an era when the House leadership is firmly in charge of fiscal matters, and it’s not easy being a defense hawk these days.
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Grounded

National Journal Magazine, April 11, 2013
Drones, a military technology best known for killing enemies, are coming home. Prescription drugs, fast-food delivery, disaster relief—unmanned aerial vehicles can be handy in all sorts of ways. Unless citizens can be convinced their privacy is safe, though, the drone revolution will have to wait.
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Taking Advantage

From National Journal Magazine, June 2012:
The backlash to the Arab Spring is in full swing in Egypt, but the Obama administration’s soft approach there has already signaled that it is unwilling to rupture a crucial national-security relationship for the sake of democratic change. Other countries in the region—worried that the desire for reform might one day upend their own hold on power—took note. As governments across the region copy Egypt’s example and crack down on reform groups, the counter Arab Spring doesn’t just threaten civil-society movements where they were just beginning to blossom– it also threatens to kill them where they haven’t yet taken root.
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