Insurgents in the Bloodstream

More of Chas’s reporting on the outbreak, during the Iraq War, of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in frontline military hospitals. As documented in this February 2008 article from the Proceedings of the U. S. Naval Institute, the lethal bacteria -- and inconsistent use of antibiotics -- jeopardized the lives of service members who had survived their combat injuries, and caused some to lose limbs that might otherwise have been saved.


Lots of Bullets, Not Enough Ballots

As the 2008 election neared, Chas offered this assessment of problems in county and state election processes. The shortfalls seemed likely to cause many ballots cast by military people in warzones to fall through the cracks. The article was published in the journal Proceedings of the U. S. Naval Institute.


Missing: The Human Element

U.S. Human Intelligence Operations in Iran immediately prior to Iran’s 1979 revolution

A case study of how having too few U. S. spies in Iran during the late 1970s caused US policymakers to be surprised by the Islamic revolution there. Have “human intelligence” efforts improved?