Moving Forward With Tactical Vehicles

Published in the May 2012 issue of Defense Technology International. After years of debate over a replacement for the High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, or Humvee, it appears that the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is finally moving toward a prototype and testing phase that could result in production orders from the U.S. Army and Marine Corps …

Thinking About Thinking About War

Published February 21, 2012 at Gunpowder & Lead.

When we’ve crossed the intellectual Rubicon, we are less likely to accept information that does not support our decision, and we’re more likely to believe we will be successful regardless of evidence to the contrary. This overconfidence leads to riskier war plans and a higher likelihood of going to war.


Nowhere to Hide

Published in the April 2012 issue of Defense Technology International.

The XM25 Individual Semi-Automatic Airburst System (ISAAS) offers a new solution to one of the perennial challenges in combat: how do you hit what you can’t see?

Ask the Experts: Where Are the Women in Foreign Policy?

Published March 8, 2012 at Micah Zenko’s blog at Council on Foreign Relations.

In the debate over the underrepresentation of women in foreign policy and national security, we’re focused on the wrong point in the career trajectory. Rather than bemoaning the lack of women at the top, we should be asking whether women at the start of their careers are being offered the assignments, experiences, and opportunities that lead to later success.


Women Under Siege Conflict Profile: Libya

Published January 2012 as part of the Women Under Siege project.

While evidence of systematic rape in Libya remains scarce, it is clear that there were numerous incidents of rape, and it is equally clear that the threat of rape was used to instill fear in entire communities.

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Women in War, Women in Peace

Published November 8, 2011 at TheAtlantic.com.

By understanding war as a male pursuit, we obscure the suffering, the triumphs, and the contributions of women. We also limit our ability to conduct war and to negotiate lasting peace.

Viktor Bout

Viktor Bout Convicted of Terrorism Conspiracy Charges – Not Arms Trafficking – And Why It Matters

Published November 4, 2011 at UN Dispatch

While it’s cause for celebration that Viktor Bout has been convicted and faces 25 years to life in prison, it should not go unremarked that he was arrested, extradited, tried, and convicted on terrorism charges – not arms trafficking charges. The Bouts of the world provide the tools that fuel instability and decrease human security; it’s time we had a legal mechanism by which to address this problem.


Review of Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror

Published September 15, 2011 at National Defense University Press Blog

Throughout Bin Laden’s Legacy, Gartenstein-Ross repeatedly returns to our failure to treat al Qaeda’s leaders as people capable of sophisticated strategic thought. Urgent without being alarmist and eminently readable, Bin Laden’s Legacy is a testament to Gartenstein-Ross’s deep knowledge of his field and his capacity to cut through feeble arguments.