The Pentagon Is Funding the Destruction of Cultural Heritage

Construction of Trump’s border wall is undermining not just sacred sites but the rule of law itself.


Could Trump Deploy US Cyber Command Against Protestors?

It’s time to set better limits on the U.S. military’s ability to operate against Americans.


Ep. 74: U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville

“The job of the American military is to protect the nation, not to police the nation," McConville said.


From Racism to Russia, Top General Says Army Must Change

Gen. McConville addressed the nation’s internal unrest, trust of the military, even QAnon, in a wide-ranging interview with Defense One.


We Know How to Prevent Megafires. We're Just Not Doing It

This week has seen the 2nd- and 3rd-largest California wildfires ever. There's near-total scientific consensus on how to stop the next one.


The Week QAnon Became Everyone’s Problem

The conspiracy theory-based movement poses a different type of terrorist threat.


Bad Cyber Actors Don’t Fear the Law. We Can Change That.

Better coordination among law enforcement agencies at home and abroad are key to the layered deterrence strategy we need.


Trump Announces Intent To Nominate Wolf As DHS Secretary

Eleven days ago, the GAO ruled that Wolf had been named acting secretary illegally.

Science & Tech

Right-Wing Extremism and Islamic Extremism Spread Online In Similar Ways, New Study Says

Those crazy memes you keep seeing? Hate groups are using them to attract online recruits into small, intense groups — and beat Facebook’s censors.


Why Don’t The Dead Matter?

Far too few Americans seem to feel genuine compassion for the dead, even among their fellow citizens. Our endless wars may be to blame.


The Pandemic is Pushing the Pentagon Toward Classified Telework

The risk-averse agency has cracked small-scale remote handling of secret and top-secret information. The challenge is doing it at scale.


Top Two Homeland Security Officials Are Serving Illegally, GAO Rules

Both acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and second in command Ken Cuccinelli were unlawfully appointed to their posts, watchdog says.


ICE Is Making Sure Migrant Kids Don’t Have COVID-19 — Then Expelling Them to 'Prevent Its Spread'

The administration has used infection risk to justify expelling thousands of children without legal protections. But it’s only expelling kids who’ve tested negative.


How the Pandemic Defeated America

A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.


The US Must Prepare to Respond to a Nuclear Disaster

As nuclear threats grow, the country needs a plan to coordinate, staff, and resource its response to the unthinkable.


Bill Barr’s Unconstitutional Campaign to Reelect the President

The attorney general is using official violence and intimidation to help Trump win a second term.


There Is Nothing Conservative About What Trump Is Doing in Portland

Unconstitutional police activity is not conservative. It’s authoritarian.


National Guard Commander To Testify ‘Excessive Force’ Used on White House Protesters

Officer on the scene saw spent tear gas canisters, contradicting key details of Attorney General Barr’s account of the controversial night.


Ep. 73: Monuments, terrorism and the American white power movement

'Each time the white supremacist movement has surged in the U.S., that surge has been mirrored by a similar increase within the armed forces.'


Trump Is Determined to Split the Country in Two

He’s trying to rally red America by portraying blue cities as a threat, and then positioning himself as the human wall against them.