Author Archive

Mark Bowden

Ideas

How Special Ops Became the Solution to Everything

They’ve become a major military player—and maybe a substitute for strategic thinking.

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Retired Senior Military Officers Unload on Trump

The commander in chief is impulsive, disdains expertise, and gets his intelligence briefings from Fox News. What does this mean for those on the front lines?

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A Trump-Kim Summit: 'Why the Hell Not?'

Direct talks between America’s and North Korea’s heads of state have never been tried, and nothing else has worked.

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What Did North Korea's Missile Test Really Change?

When potential death tolls are unthinkably high, it’s like multiplying infinity.

Ideas

How to Deal With North Korea

There are no good options. But some are worse than others.

Business

Did Snowden and Manning Really Know What They Were Leaking?

Manning and Snowden are seen by many as heroes for leaking classified information. But the real problem is with the indiscriminate nature of their leaks. By Mark Bowden

Science & Tech

Killing Machines: How Far Can Obama's Drone Wars Go?

Behind every drone is a system that plans, operates and executes operations. This is one glimpse into that world. By Mark Bowden.