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Jeff Shear

Jeff Shear
Jeff Shear is the author of "The Keys to the Kingdom," an investigation into a weapons deal, Doubleday, 1994. He has been a Fellow at The Center for Public Integrity, in Washington, DC and staff correspondent for National Journal, covering fiscal policy. His articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone and other national publications.

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Military Spy Satellite

Spying on the Spooks

Armed with binoculars and a standard camera, a different sort of birdwatcher keeps tabs on the world’s spy satellites.

 

Can Compulsory Service Reunite the Nation?

An off comment by a conservative pundit has reignited the idea of having young Americans do a stint of service for their nation.

 

One Laptop Per Child Redux

Declared dead just two years ago, the plan to provide every child in the developing world with a computer shows signs of life.

 

The Last Word on Wartime Contractors?

In the most comprehensive report yet to look at wartime contracting, a three-year study has found that national security cannot be about the profits of war.

 

No Way Out: Exiting Afghanistan and Iraq

It’s hard to find an exit when you don’t know what leaving means, as the U.S. has found in winding down its on-the-ground military involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

Mr. Y: Best Military Strategy Starts at Home

Prophets at the Pentagon say one of the best moves the United States can take to secure its strategic interests overseas is to get its own house in order.

 

An Army of Change

Between budget cuts and suggestions that the Navy and Air Force have their pulse on the future, do the U.S. Army and Marines face bleak prospects?

 

War on Terror Promises Era of Persistent Conflict

The era of “persistent conflict,” as the U.S. Army describes it, may redefine the meaning of “victory” on the battlefield.

 

A Professional Military and the Privatization of Warfare

The antics of private military contractors are increasingly known, and they’re the ones taking over for departing uniformed American troops in Iraq.

 

America in the Hands of a Professional Military

Four decades ago, America decided to both maintain a large professional standing military and end the draft. The predictions of those who studied the matter then largely have been borne out — and not for the better.

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