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What had changed — and what hadn’t — in the three years since the U. S. Defense Department repealed the policy that prevented gay and lesbian service members from serving openly?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 […]