Mission Essential

Mission Essential

It’s getting easier to find people inside Washington’s Beltway who want to cut the fat from the Pentagon budget. Scaling back military spending isn’t just for the most progressive members of Congress anymore. Even the tea-partying Sen. Rand Paul...
Our Nuclear Insecurity Complex

Our Nuclear Insecurity Complex

Back in July, an 82-year-old nun and two fellow peace activists breached the security at the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee. The red-faced federal officials who subsequently promised thorough oversight proclaimed they had “no tolerance” for...
Indefensible: The Truth about Pentagon Spending

Indefensible: The Truth about Pentagon Spending

Today, there’s a debate raging about the federal budget, our national spending priorities, and how best to protect our national security and our men and women on the front lines. With the U.S. war in Iraq officially over and our operations in Afghanistan drawing...
Making the World Safer for the Next Bernie Madoff

Making the World Safer for the Next Bernie Madoff

Sometimes, members of Congress follow harebrained logic. If the consequences weren’t so serious, it would be hilarious. Consider a House bill co-sponsored by Reps. Spencer Bachus (R-AL) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) that would essentially let investment advisers...
Congress: Listen to Lt. Col. Daniel Davis

Congress: Listen to Lt. Col. Daniel Davis

When Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis returned from his second tour in Afghanistan, he knew that what he’d witnessed firsthand didn’t match the rosy progress reports that top military officials were giving Congress. What Davis decided to do next could be called...