Civilians

The Pandemic Mistake America Can’t Repeat

More, better, and faster testing might have averted the worst of what America faced in 2020.

Guns Are a Threat to the Body Politic

America must regulate guns not only to protect life, but to protect its citizens’ equal freedoms to speak, assemble, worship, and vote without fear.

What Can the Pentagon Realistically Get from Its Advisory Boards?

A former chair says the boards provide a lot, could do better — and help weed out impractical or oversold ideas.

Only a Tiny Fraction of Sexual Assaults Against DoD Civilians Are Being Documented, GAO Says

Over a recent half-decade, DoD recorded 357 cases of sexual assaults that involved civilian employees. But a survey of employees indicated that thousands may have occurred.

Pentagon Advisory Boards Need to Offer 10X Ideas, Not 10% Ones

DoD's 40-plus boards must be restructured to help the department think far bigger.

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Here’s Who Will Be Running the Pentagon When Biden Takes Office

Dozens named in the most comprehensive roster published to date of who will be running DOD when the president-elect is sworn in.

Former Air Force Chief Goldfein Joins Blackstone

The retired general picked the investment firm over opportunities at defense companies.

Keep Politics Out of National-Security Advisory Boards

Trump’s appointment of loyalists to a DOD board sets a dangerous precedent.

How to Turn General Austin Into Secretary Austin

Some advice from the author of “The Nearly Impossible Job of Secretary of Defense.”

How to Build Trust in the Vaccines

To succeed in immunizing the population against COVID-19, the United States must draw on the resources it already has.

Put Societal Resilience at the Center of Defense Planning

It’s already foolish to focus too narrowly on military attack and response. Soon it will be fatuous.

Coronavirus Cases Are Spiking at Federal Agencies

More than 100,000 federal personnel have now tested positive for COVID-19, with some agencies experiencing acute upticks.

Rolling Back Trump's Workforce Policies Won't Be Simple

President-elect Biden has vowed to rescind on his first day a series of Trump-era directives aimed at weakening federal labor unions and politicizing the civil service, but repairing the damage could take much longer.

Trump’s Pettiness Is the Simplest Explanation

The post-election shake-up at the Pentagon has raised alarms in the national-security world, but Trump’s likeliest motive is plain old spite.

Most States Aren’t Ready to Distribute the Leading COVID-19 Vaccine

State officials don’t know how they’ll deal with difficult storage and transport requirements, especially in rural areas seeing a spike in infections.