Introducing FP National Security

Here's what's inside our new channel.

Foreign Policy’s newest channel is our most ambitious yet, a robust new daily website within our website. Each day we’ll feature an array of original reporting, insight, and analysis — with the same sharp sensibility you’re used to on the rest of ForeignPolicy.com, but with a deeper dive on all things national security, from nukes to spooks, cyberwar to the Pentagon’s budget wars. We’ll cover the ins and outs of how national security decisions are being made — and, just as importantly, who is making them. And of course, we’ll cover the global world of threats, from today’s flash points to tomorrow’s.

We’ve lined up a distinguished group of writers and thinkers, reporters and bloggers for FP National Security — from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Thomas E. Ricks, whose blog "The Best Defense" is already one of FP‘s most-viewed attractions, to experienced Pentagon correspondents to columnists like Lt. Gen. David Barno (ret.), who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and John Arquilla, the military theorist who coined the term "cyberwar" back in the 1990s. And we’re delighted to announce that the site is being edited by Peter Scoblic, a former deputy staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and executive editor of the New Republic.

Today’s launch brings a host of new regular features, starting each morning with Situation Report, a morning email briefing by veteran national security writer Gordon Lubold, which you can subscribe to here.  Other new blogs include The E-Ring, exclusive reporting inside the Pentagon’s power corridors, and Killer Apps, a blog obsessively dedicated to covering the unfolding world of cyberwar. We’ll stock them full of exclusive news and interviews you can’t get anywhere else — and showcase them alongside the world’s best thinkers and authors on security subjects.

Today’s launch edition of FP National Security features just that: An exclusive interview with Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, in which he breaks news about the future of the surge troops at just the moment when a political debate has broken out back in Washington about this "forgotten war." A host of scoops on "Killer Apps," like the secret smart phone for top government officials being developed by the National Security Agency.  A newly declassified CIA document, published for the first time on FP National Security, reveals a remarkable secret mea culpa from the agency for its Iraq failures. Nuclear expert Jeffrey Lewis weighs in with the little-known saga of the B61, the nuclear bomb that costs more than its weight in solid gold — so why, Lewis asks, are we planning to spend $10 billion to build 400 more of these nukes we’ll never use. Plus: debut columns from Barno and Arquilla; Dmitri Trenin from Moscow on the reborn Russian military — and why it’s not just Mitt Romney worrying about it; and Amy Zegart on the Navy SEAL’s kill-and-tell memoir, and what it tells us about the U.S. government’s classification complex.

Here’s a quick guide to the who, the what, and the how to follow FP National Security:

You can go directly to the channel here. 

You can follow us on Twitter. And Facebook.

You can sign up for Situation Report, our morning email, here.

Features include:

  • "The E-Ring: Inside the Pentagon’s Power Corridors" a daily, reported blog similar to "The Cable" in its focus on who the senior policymakers are and how they actually make policy. Think of it as a watercooler blog for the military, a way to keep track of who’s in, who’s out, and what’s going on around the building. "The E-Ring" will be written by Kevin Baron, who comes to FP from National Journal, where he covered the business of war, and Stars and Stripes. Baron is vice president of the Pentagon Press Association.
  • "Killer Apps: National Security in a Cyberage" will be a daily, reported blog covering the intersection of information technology and conflict-from America’s cyberwarriors at the NSA and other agencies, to the vulnerabilities of U.S. infrastructure, to efforts to contain the threat. It will be written by John Reed, who previously edited Military.com’s publication Defense Tech and covered trends in military aviation and the defense industry around the world for Defense News and Inside the Air Force.
  • "The Best Defense" is FP‘s prize-winning military blog written by Thomas E. Ricks, the former Pentagon reporter for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post who has published several critically acclaimed books, including Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq and The Gamble: General Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008. Ricks, a contributing editor to FP and a member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting teams, is also a senior fellow at the bipartisan Center for a New American Security. The Best Defense won the digital National Magazine Award for best blog in 2010.

Regular columnists include:

  • John Arquilla, expert on the future of warfare who coined the term "cyberwar" who is currently professor and chairman of the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School
  • Gordon Adams, a professor of international relations at the School of International Service, American University, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center.
  • Lt. Gen. David Barno (ret.), who served as the commander of American forces in Afghanistan in 2003, and is now a senior advisor and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security
  • Rosa Brooks, who most recently served as counselor to the undersecretary of defense for policy and is currently a law professor at Georgetown University
  • Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies and editor of the oft-cited blog, Arms Control Wonk
  • Robert Haddick, managing editor of the Small Wars Journal
  • Amy Zegart, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and expert on the U.S. intelligence community and national security agencies. Her recent books include Eyes on Spies: Congress and the U.S. Intelligence Community, and Flawed by Design, a history of the CIA and National Security Council.
  • Micah Zenko, the Douglas Dillon fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Zenko is an expert on America’s use of drones and the author of Between Threats and War: U.S. Discrete Military Operations in the Post-Cold War World.

We hope to bring you more insightful coverage and ambitious scoops like this every day. So, welcome — and please let us know what you think!

–Susan Glasser

Susan Glasser is a former editor in chief of Foreign Policy; former Moscow bureau chief of the Washington Post; and co-author, with Peter Baker, of Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution.

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