The government is unveiling commemorative paving stones laid in the birth places of those members of the British Empire forces in World War I who received the Victoria Cross for their bravery. The government's
I've been advancing a thesis for several months with friends that World War III is now underway. It's just that it's not the war we thought ...
I knew a warrior once who joined the military. He thought the military was for warriors. By the time he finished boot camp he saw the lie. He saw military training for what it was: not a trial of m
Thank you for coming. Our intention is to outline everything that we know - or think we know - about incident OB298. This is an attempt to understand the geography of a drone strike. According to
From all the recent sounds of celebrating coming out of Washington, D.C., you might think the Pentagon's biggest, priciest and most controversial warplane development had accelerated right past all
One of the most insidious modern memes holds that war is innate, an adaptation bred into our ancestors by natural selection. This hypothesis-let's call it the "Deep Roots Theory of War"--has been promoted by such intellectual heavyweights as Steven Pinker, Edward Wilson, Jared Diamond, Richard Wrangham, Francis Fukuyama and David Brooks. *[After reading this post, please see followup posts: "New Study of Prehistoric Skeletons Undermines Claim that War Has Deep Evolutionary Roots," "Survey of Earliest Human Settlements Undermines Claims That War Has Deep Evolutionary Roots."]
International law does not allow combatants to kill in the morning and enjoy dinner with their children later in the evening.
2013/03/14: The United States has spent over $600 billion dollars on its Afghan war effort1, but most of the money has gone to military infrastructure and sophisticated weaponry; little of it has gone to the education of Afghan youth or to addressing the degradation of Afghan land.
The children I am working with had never heard the word ‘ecology.’ They can only conjecture at the species of animals and plants that might co-inhabit their nation, guessing at camels, elephants and lions, all of which are wrong. One student suggested the word ‘snake’, when I asked her if she knew what a snake was, she said that she thought it was “some kind of bug.”
This is one small indicator of the level of ignorance that humanity faces about the physical world that we inhabit and ecological basis of life on earth.
How Today's Fiscal Austerity is Reminiscent of World War I's Economic Misunderstandings
Gun control is on many minds this week, but let's not talk about guns. Let's talk about drones. (With a reported 300 million guns in private hands in America already, it's probably too late for gun control anyhow.) Drones are to nation-states what assault rifles are to psychotic mass murderers. Wor
An Afghan designer and former refugee has developed a low-cost, wind-powered mine detonating device inspired by the toys he played with as a child.
Killer drones just keep getting smaller. The Army wants to know how prepared its defense-industry partners are to build what it calls a "Lethal Miniature Aerial Munition System." It's for when the Army needs someone dead from up to six miles away in 30 minutes or less.
When the last American combat troops departed Iraq in December, they left behind a disordered democracy that may not survive, along with a great deal
Reliance on fossil fuels could lead to 30 years of bloodshed as world powers fight over limited resources.