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Feature

Comey Don't Play That

How Obama's pick to lead the FBI tried to put the brakes on the NSA's surveillance dragnet.

Marc Ambinder |

Argument

The Real Reason You're Mad at the NSA

Imagine the civil-military divide -- but much, much bigger.

John McLaughlin |

Argument

The Evolution of an Interventionist

How John McCain became America's unofficial ambassador of leading from the front.

John Norris |

Argument

One Era's Traitor Is Another Era's Whistle-Blower

How the media covered national-security leaks in Daniel Ellsberg's day.

J. Dana Stuster |

Micah Zenko

To Protect and Defend...

No, Mr. President, your top job is not to 'keep the American people safe.'

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Hoovered

How J. Edgar laid the groundwork for the NSA's surveillance state.

David Gomez |

Rational Security

In Defense of PRISM

How else can we smoke terrorists out of their hidey holes?

John Arquilla |

Argument

Rice, Power, and Hope

Did Obama just change Washington from the inside?

Michael A. Cohen |

Argument

The 7 Deadly Sins of Defense Spending

How the Pentagon can cut costs -- and come out stronger.

David Barno |

Gordon Adams

It Ain't About the Hardware

Will the wars of the future be won by management consultants?

Gordon Adams |

Micah Zenko

The No-Plan Zone

Modest measures to aid the Syrian rebels won't topple Assad. And despite protestations, even Washington's hawks don't want to go further.

Micah Zenko |

David Rothkopf

Donilon's Legacy

Obama's outgoing national security advisor leaves behind a U.S. foreign policy in much better shape than he found it. Can Susan Rice build on his success?

David Rothkopf |

Reality Check

They're the Deciders

Why today's presidents have more war-waging power than ever -- and why no Congress will ever stand in their way.

Aaron David Miller |

Argument

Arms Twisting

Why won't Obama sign his own weapons treaty next week?

Rachel Stohl |

Jeffrey Lewis

The EMPire Strikes Back

Electromagnetic pulse is the conservative fetish that just won't die.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Gordon Adams

Flexible Spending Account

How the Pentagon is wriggling its way through sequestration.

Gordon Adams |

By Other Means

The War Professor

Can Obama finally make the legal case for his war on terror?

Rosa Brooks |

Feature

Gitmo's Fallen Czar

Daniel Fried was the perfect man for the hardest job in Washington, but even he couldn’t close Guantanamo.

Michelle Shephard |

Jeffrey Lewis

Death Wears Bunny Slippers

Why America's nuclear missileers are going soft.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Gordon Adams

Food Fight

Why is the agricultural lobby so mad at Obama?

Gordon Adams |

Rebuttal

The Case for Nuclear Unilateralism

New START may be flawed, but it also holds an opportunity for Obama to do something truly momentous.

Yousaf Butt |

Micah Zenko

Outsourcing Lethality

When there's a foreign finger on the trigger, is Washington still accountable when innocents die?

Micah Zenko |

Argument

Who Are We Again?

Have Republicans totally forgotten what the 'national interest' means?

Danielle Pletka |

Gordon Adams

High Stakes and the Sequester Squeeze

When defense budgets get tight, politics can get a little complicated.

Gordon Adams |

Argument

How to Close Guantanamo

Why Obama doesn’t need Congress to start to make good on his promise.

Laura Pitter |

Micah Zenko

Hawking Something

The Syria interventionists want us to go to war. They're wrong.

Micah Zenko |

Letters

Minority Report

Should presidents seek out dissent?

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Letters

Storming the Hill

Thomas P.M. Barnett lets the White House off the hook for the Pentagon's dysfunction.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |

Argument

How to Save the Republican Party

Why the GOP needs to stop navel-gazing and embrace internationalism all over again. 

Sen. John McCain |

Gordon Adams

The Defense Department in Sequesterland

The Pentagon will make it through sequestration better than most.

Gordon Adams |