Micah Zenko

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 11:  U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks at a ceremony to commemorate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon September 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. U.S. President Donald Trump was presiding over his first 9/11 commemoration on the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Does the Military Need a Micromanager?

The Trump White House has delegated enormous responsibility to the Pentagon to look after itself, with predictable results.

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The More You Talk, the Less You Know

The real experts don't want your retweets, likes, or shares.

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They Who Must Not Be Named

The administration's reasons for not releasing who's on the list of America's enemies in the war on terror are getting ridiculous.

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Cloudy With a Chance of Conflict

We asked 1,200 U.S. government officials and experts what they were most worried about in 2014. Here's what they said.

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Conflict Avoidance

President Obama's National Security Strategy aims to prevent the emergence of wars. So why won't the White House get behind its own strategy?

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The Real Nuclear Option

Why Israel might nuke Iran to prevent Tehran from going nuclear. Seriously.

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Myth Dealers

In an uncertain world ... and 4 other ‘truths' America's generals want to sell you.

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Shouting ‘9/11’ in a Crowded Internet

Why the NSA's 'we keep you safe from terrorists' rationale is bogus.

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Two Cheers For America’s Restraint in the Drone War

If Washington launched targeted strikes everywhere its 'partners' asked it to, the war on terror would be totally out of control.

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Estimated Recovery Time

Will the self-inflicted political wound of the U.S. government shutdown ever heal?

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The Known Unknowns of Counterterrorism Ops

When it comes to assessing the success of the war on terror, there's a lot we just don't know.

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Threat of Failure

Does coercive diplomacy actually work? Don't let the popular narrative on Syria fool you.

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The Soldier and the State Go Public

Civil-military relations haven't been this bad in decades.

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Responsibility to Protect?

Why none of the plans for intervening in Syria actually tries to save civilians.

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The Wrong Way to Be Right

Obama's shoddy case for striking Syria to enforce international norms.

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