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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.

Recent articles

Spying on the Spooks

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

Military Spy Satellite

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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Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

Bringing a Therapy Dog Into a Children’s Hospital Might Be a Terrible Idea

Despite the popularity of animal therapy in American pediatric hospitals, a new research review reveals that there's little support for its health benefits.

You Feel Closer to Your Destination Even When You’re Not

Simply moving toward or away from something alters the way you think about it, according to a new study.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014