For PBS: The false fear of autonomous weapons

Last month, Human Rights Watch raised eye­brows with a provoca­tive­ly titled report about autonomous weapon­ry that can select tar­gets and fire at them with­out human input. “Los­ing Human­i­ty: The Case Against Killer Robots,” blasts the head­line, and argues that autonomous weapons will increase the dan­ger to civil­ians in con­flict. In this report, HRW urges the…

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For PBS: A Chaotic Intelligence Community

The Wash­ing­ton Post report­ed over the week­end that the Pen­ta­gon is send­ing hun­dreds of spies over­seas as part of its rapid expan­sion into espi­on­age- an endeav­or rival­ing the CIA. The Defense Intel­li­gence Agency (DIA) will over­see this effort, expect­ed to top the deploy­ment of 1,600 agents world­wide. And it is the wrong approach. The Intel­li­gence…

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For The Atlantic: It’s A Safer, Way More Complicated World Out There

… at least com­pared with the peri­ods defined by the Cold War and the War on Ter­ror. But with no guid­ing par­a­digm, where does for­eign pol­i­cy and nation­al secu­ri­ty go from here? Dur­ing the Cold War, Amer­i­can for­eign pol­i­cy experts divid­ed the world into two broad camps: com­mu­nist and non-com­­mu­nist. It was a neat par­a­digm…

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For PBS: Petraeus the Paper Tiger

Lost in the Petraeus affair is a very sim­ple ques­tion: do we want a man who judged his sub­or­di­nates’ intel­lec­tu­al capac­i­ty by how well they can hold a six-minute mile on his morn­ing run to lead our pre­mier intel­li­gence agency? It was Petraeus’ lack of intel­lec­tu­al integri­ty and incred­i­ble nar­cis­sism that should prompt us to…

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