As early as in the next few weeks, an international tribunal in The Hague could announce whether China is operating within international legal norms as it builds up, and claims as Chinese territory, the Spratly Islands — a set of reefs, banks and cays jutting just above sea level a thousand miles from the Chinese mainland and within 200 miles […]
Having thought myself already a “salty” Marine at the time — and feeling not that much older now — it is difficult to fathom that 25 years have passed since the 1991 Gulf War. It is sobering, as well, to consider all that has transpired in Southwest Asia since Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Those undertakings were — for the […]
Early into my work this year with Westwood One News, I was afforded the opportunity to spend considerable time with a variety of military veterans — sharing their stories in a series of 11 reports, each about a minute long. Participants ranged from college students to national leaders — discussing how they view their service and the day set aside […]
When I was first posted as a Marine to the Washington, D. C. area, in 1989, a friend here recommended I volunteer with a group that helped publicize the Marine Corps Marathon. It was still a time in the event’s history when not all of the Corps’ top leaders thought the considerable effort required to put it on was worthwhile. […]
What had changed — and what hadn’t — in the three years since the U. S. Defense Department repealed the policy that prevented gay and lesbian service members from serving openly? Based on months of research and dozens of interviews, I explored that question in the fall of 2014. On a recent summer morning in Northern Virginia, about 100 very fit […]
In early 2003, I was among a hundred or so journalists who would every day engage in reportorial Q&A sessions at the U. S. Central Command (Forward) media center. The briefings took place in a million-dollar “media briefing warehouse” constructed on Camp As Saliyah, a Qatari military base in a desert outside Doha. At the time — and even on […]
Inside a quiet home in Northern Virginia — sitting at a computer, typing with one finger — a man just shy of his 92nd birthday moderated an E-mail exchange for 500 of the nation’s most influential military and diplomatic thinkers. Here is the 3 1/2-minute profile I produced in 2013 about John Collins, known in policymaking circles as The Warlord.
In future wars, will human soldiers be replaced by weapons that think for themselves? Lots of remotely controlled systems are already on the battlefield. In 2012 I spoke with scientists, analysts — and the nation’s top military officer — about how remote engagement and autonomous systems might be changing the American way of war. Here is the CBS Radio documentary that […]
In a poignant farewell to a New Zealand soldier killed in action in Afghanistan, members of his unit gathered at the soldier’s funeral to perform an ancestral Maori war cry known as a haka.
Lots of information about you — personal and financial — is stored in digital form. You’ve digitized lots of it yourself, on social media sites and elsewhere. As the world becomes more and more networked, much of that information can be captured, compiled or inferred by computer-savvy data miners. A number of people learned that shocking lesson when they agreed to what they thought was going […]