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Gen. David Petraeus pays a visit to Georgetown, where he takes questions but doesn't always answer them.

Rep. John Tierney (D-MA) discusses his subcommittee's investigation into charges that the Department of Defense is essentially bribing Taliban warlords so US supply lines can safely travel through Afghanistan.

Escalation in Afghanistan means a surge in contractors, which means that thousands more Afghans will be hired to work at US bases, guard US installations and participate in US training programs.

Jeremy Scahill argues that as the Afghanistan escalation ramps up, President Obama is "surpassing Bush-era level of reliance on...for for-profit war corporations."

The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan has hired a firm with ties to a powerful ex-Republican congressman to help prepare oversight reports on other corporations.

The Nation's Jeremy Scahill appears on MSNBC to discuss his colleague Aram Roston's new investigation into how the US funds the
Taliban
.

Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Carol Shea-Porter argue that since Adam Hermanson died while working on a Defense Department contract, the DoD is obliged to investigate.

The American intelligence community has missed the boat on how quickly the US has fallen from "sole superpower" status.

After three years of trying to convict Lt. Ehren Watada for refusing to deploy to Iraq, the Army has allowed him to resign.

Blogs

He’ll probably be confirmed, but the former senator didn’t exactly stand tall.

February 1, 2013

With covert ops and drone warfare on the rise, we have to ask ourselves about how we fight terrorism.

January 28, 2013

Putting women on the frontlines is about much more than military policy.

January 25, 2013

Droney the predator drone doesn't understand sex scandals.

November 20, 2012

The media's blind veneration for the military figures led to its shellschocked response to David Petraeus's affair.

November 15, 2012

More revelations arrive in the ongoing scandal surrounding ex–CIA chief Gen. David Petraeus.

November 13, 2012

America, and its media, love a sex scandal, but what happens when the figure at the center of it has been hailed as a hero?

November 12, 2012

The great liberal scoped out a vision for less military spending and more investment in domestic renewal. Now, even (some) conservatives get the point.

October 19, 2012

From the Gettysburg to Afghanistan, our tendency to romanticize war causes us to gloss over its hellish aspects.

September 25, 2012

Don't expect anything to change at the Department of Defense in 2012.

July 24, 2012