MILITARY

UFOS

Attending the ‘World’s Biggest UFO Conference’ Showed Me It's a Golden Age for Believers

We spoke to attendees of ‘Contact in the Desert’ about the U.S. military’s recent acknowledgment that UFOs are maybe a thing.
Nick Rose
6.6.19
climate change

Framing Climate Change as a 'National Security Threat' Is Dangerous

Understanding climate change as a national security threat putting “military readiness” at risk postures refugees as a threat and the U.S. military as threatened.
Caroline Haskins
5.17.19
weird

Whale Freed From Harness Was 'Likely' Trained by Russian Navy

We talked to the Norwegian marine biologist who freed a beluga whale from a harness that said "Equipment of St. Petersburg."
Sarah Emerson
4.29.19
Weed Week

In States That Won’t Legalize Weed, Veterans Are Changing Minds

And laws.
Rick Morgan
4.18.19
Munchies

Man Acquitted on Charges He Tried to Fatten Himself Up with Fried Chicken to Avoid Army Service

Prosecutors argued that the 22-year-old Korean man intentionally gorged himself on chicken and booze before his physical exam.
Jelisa Castrodale
4.15.19
Op-Ed

The Trans Ban Is in Effect, And Service Members Are Now in Jeopardy

I carried caskets in Arlington National Cemetery. I folded American flags for loved ones. I didn’t know anything about the gender identity or sexuality of those I carried—just that they died in service and wore the flag of this country to the grave.
Charlotte Clymer
4.12.19
content moderation

North Korea Advertises Military Hardware on Twitter, YouTube, Defying Sanctions

Glocom is a front company for North Korea to sell sanctions violating military equipment. But, even after some tech companies clamped down, Glocom kept up its presence on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.
Joseph Cox
3.13.19
war

The US Army Somehow Thought This Rap Recruitment Video Was a Good Idea

'Uniform: paid for. Electric bill: paid for. Water bill: paid for.'
Justin Caffier
2.27.19
Power

Department of Defense Uses 'Categories' of Transgender People to Defend Ban

In emails, the DoD insisted that their proposed transgender policy is not a ban, because trans people can serve—as long as they don’t transition.
Diana Tourjée
1.24.19
War on Drugs

The Pentagon Spent Billions Fighting the War on Drugs Without Even Asking for a Plan

A new government watchdog report says the Pentagon has paid states billions of dollars for counter-narcotics operations without ever asking what would be done with that money.
Matthew Gault
1.18.19
Pentagon

The American Military Sucks at Cybersecurity

A new report from US military watchdogs outlines hundreds of cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
Matthew Gault
1.15.19
mental health

Why Some Young Vets Are Becoming Personal Trainers

"If veterans can take their skills—the teaching others, the physical fitness, and the service element—and they can make a career out of it, it’s like they never left the service. They’re doing the same thing except they don’t have a gun in their hands."
Rajul Punjabi
12.12.18
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