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What Did North Korea's Missile Test Really Change?

July 5, 2017 North Korea’s successful test earlier this week of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has triggered all of the expected alarms. Even if Kim Jong Un cannot yet mount one with a nuke, his arsenal of chemical and biological weapons now has a longer reach—even, most experts agree, Hawaii or Alaska....

How to Deal With North Korea

June 21, 2017 Thirty minutes. That’s about how long it would take a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from North Korea to reach Los Angeles. With the powers in Pyongyang working doggedly toward making this possible—building an ICBM and shrinking a nuke to fit on it—analysts now predict that Kim Jong Un...

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Analysis: What Snowden and Manning Don't Understand About Secrecy

August 23, 2013 As an old reporter who has from time to time outed classified information, I have watched the cases of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden with professional interest. What troubles me about them is not that they broke the oaths they swore when they took their classified government jobs, the thing...

Did Snowden and Manning Really Know What They Were Leaking?

August 23, 2013 As an old reporter who has from time to time outed classified information, I have watched the cases of Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden with professional interest. What troubles me about them is not that they broke the oaths they swore when they took their classified government jobs, the thing...

How Drones Fundamentally Alter the Nature of Combat

August 15, 2013 Consider David. The shepherd lad steps up to face in single combat the Philistine giant Goliath. Armed with only a slender staff and a slingshot, he confronts a fearsome warrior clad in a brass helmet and chain mail, wielding a spear with a head as heavy as a sledge and...

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

August 15, 2013 I. Unfairness Consider David. The shepherd lad steps up to face in single combat the Philistine giant Goliath. Armed with only a slender staff and a slingshot, he confronts a fearsome warrior clad in a brass helmet and chain mail, wielding a spear with a head as heavy as a...

Video: The Measured Man

June 21, 2012 Like many people who are careful about their weight, Larry Smarr once spent two weeks measuring everything he put in his mouth. He charted each serving of food in grams or teaspoons, and broke it down into these categories: protein, carbohydrates, fat, sodium, sugar, and fiber. Larry used the data...