The gun industry and lobby have a stranglehold on our politics, but a rhetorical shift by gun-control advocates could help break it.
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 for more than 55,000 vehicles.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Published November 1, 2011 at UN Dispatch.
The UN Security Council has formally recognized the threat posed by the late Gadhafi’s unsecured arms depots and the resulting proliferation of weapons, particularly small arms and man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADS.
Published September 23, 2011 at TheAtlantic.com.
Much of the world has banned the use of cluster bombs because of the dangers they pose to civilians, but the U.S. is among a handful of states resisting their abolition.