National Security

The New Assange Indictment: Persecuting the Press or the Overdue Protection of National Security Secrets?

On Thursday, May 23rd, a grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia handed down a superseding indictment in Criminal ...

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Trump’s Ill-advised Pardon

Recently, President Trump announced that he will pardon former Army First Lieutenant Michael Behenna, who was convicted of executing a ...

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Ignominious Facts: The Problem of Pardoning Soldiers for War Crimes

“I’d rather be judged by twelve, than carried by six.” This was muttered to me one day in Iraq by ...

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And The Beat Goes On: Congress Spars with Trump and Barr Over the Mueller Report

For those who thought that the long-awaited release of the redacted “Report On The Investiga-tion Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” (the “Mueller Report” or the “Report”) might presage an end to debate over the controversial events...

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Iran Seeks to Cement Legitimacy of Shia Militias

Since March, a series of massive floods has devastated several regions of Islamic Republic of Iran. Dozens have died, and many more have been displaced after severe damage to their homes. And the damage caused to infrastructure, transportation, telecommunications,...

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Walls and Other Barriers in Historical Perspective

In 2016, Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency of the United States, largely on a platform of increasing the nation’s security, particularly along the southern border. One of his signature campaign promises was the construction of a massive wall...

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America Has A White Nationalist Terrorism Problem. What Should We Do?

At the beginning of the decade, American law enforcement received repeated warnings of how the improvised explosive devices (IED) employed by al Qaeda affiliates might soon make their way to the United States. The IED warnings proved correct. On...

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The Mueller Report is a Sobering Recounting of Foreign Election Interference and Presidential Conduct: What Comes Next Is (Mostly) Politics

Last Thursday (April 18), the Attorney General held a news conference to commemorate his release of a redacted version of the “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” (the “Mueller Report” or the “Report”)....

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Military Robotics Might Enable Conflict While Reducing Costs

For most of U.S. history, the decision to go to war has not been made lightly, in part due to the legal requirements enacted to make it very difficult to do so. In Article II, Section 2 of the...

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Intelligence Oversight in Congress: Perilous Times

In an ever more complex, interconnected, and dangerous world, the value of high quality intelligence data and analysis for policymakers would seem obvious. The threats to U.S. security are implacable and multifaceted, including cyberattacks, hypersonic weapons, climate change, terrorist...

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