A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job—and when to end it.
July 18, 2014 • 4:00 PM • Share
The military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.
July 2, 2014 • 6:00 PM • Share
In Hard Choices, the former secretary of state ignores or glosses over key aspects of her record on Iraq—including State Department responsibility for the country’s security assistance.
June 19, 2014 • 4:00 PM • Share
Marines who took an eight-week course in the basics of mindfulness recovered from stress faster following an intense training session that replicated battlefield conditions.
May 15, 2014 • 9:00 PM • Share
Without change of leadership throughout, meaningful improvement could be elusive.
April 23, 2014 • 2:00 PM • Share
For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.
April 22, 2014 • 6:00 AM • Share
The restructuring promises to address many of the problems laid out in a recent ProPublica and NPR investigation.
April 3, 2014 • 2:00 PM • Share
For more than 50 years, Army PFC Lawrence S. Gordon was mistakenly interred as a German soldier in a cemetery in France. Then European officials did what the U.S. military would not: exhumed and identified him with DNA.
March 25, 2014 • 4:00 PM • Share
Changes must go beyond bureaucracy to update the scientific approach and embrace outside help.
March 18, 2014 • 2:00 PM • Share
Oliver Burkeman explores human nature, violence, feminism, and religion with one of the world’s most controversial cognitive scientists. Can he dent Steven Pinker’s optimism?
March 7, 2014 • 12:00 PM • Share
From babies’ tantrums to labor strikes to guerrilla wars to global terrorism, there may be one simple math equation, a power law, that benchmarks them all. Better yet, it may allow us to predict these confrontations’ future.
December 13, 2013 • 3:37 PM • Share
Once again we’re reminded that it’s not just those who choose to put themselves in harm’s way who die during a war.
November 29, 2013 • 7:14 PM • Share
What you need to know about Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, and War Play: Video Games and the Future of Armed Conflict.
September 6, 2013 • 6:00 AM • Share
The actor’s recent stunt in Cardiff, in which he admonished celebrity photographers for not capturing “something important,” suggests a misplaced faith in photography.
August 22, 2013 • 6:00 AM • Share
President Obama has repeatedly said the U.S. is targeting Al Qaeda and “associated forces.” But the government won’t say who those forces are.
July 30, 2013 • 12:00 PM • Share
It was a dark time in a long, drawn-out war. Afghanistan was festering with resentment. The Pentagon brass were desperate. It was the kind of last-ditch moment when authorities start throwing an era’s weirdest ideas at its most hopeless bureaucratic mistakes.
July 1, 2013 • 6:00 AM • Share
The count of the dead in Syria and other global trouble spots matters a great deal, and so does the provenance of the numbers presented. Here’s one exhaustive effort to get them right.
June 14, 2013 • 4:06 PM • Share
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