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Hugh Gusterson

Hugh Gusterson

Articles by Hugh Gusterson

16 June 2014
Americas

The scapegoating of General Shinseki

Hugh Gusterson

Underfunding—not the failings of one leader—caused problems at the Veterans Administration

14 May 2014
AmericasEurope/Russia

Reagan’s optical illusions

Hugh Gusterson

A talk on the Reykjavik summit at the Heritage Foundation reveals little about nuclear strategy but much about neocon thinking.

15 January 2014
AmericasMiddle East

The war bill

Hugh Gusterson

The Menendez-Kirk legislation would push the United States closer to a military confrontation with Iran.

22 November 2013
Americas

Which drone future will Americans choose?

Hugh Gusterson

The decisions US leaders make now over unmanned aerial vehicles will have enormous consequences.

6 September 2013
AmericasMiddle East

Syria and the limits of realpolitik

Hugh Gusterson

The idea that intervention will make America safer is wrong-headed.

23 July 2013
Americas

Not all secrets are alike

Hugh Gusterson

Why there will be more Bradley Mannings and Edward Snowdens.

31 January 2013

Where women warriors will lead

Hugh Gusterson

The announcement that the Pentagon will open combat positions to women marks the third great turn toward integration and equality in the history of the US military. The first came in 1948 when President Harry Truman ordered racial desegregation of the armed forces. Thanks to Truman, we now accept a situation that was deeply troubling to some at the time: white soldiers serving under black officers. The second integrationist turn came with the decision, initiated by President Clinton and finalized under President Obama, to allow gay men and women to serve in the military.

13 November 2012

The nuclear dogs that didn't bark

Hugh Gusterson

In the Sherlock Holmes story, Silver Blaze, the key to solving a mystery turns out to be identifying what did not happen (and, as so often with things that do not happen, had therefore been ignored).

Gregory (Scotland Yard detective): "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"
Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."
Gregory: "The dog did nothing in the night-time."
Holmes: "That was the curious incident."

30 March 2012
Americas

The new abolitionists

Hugh Gusterson

Philip Taubman's new book, The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb, recounts the story of five front-rank Cold Warriors who have become nuclear abolitionists in their old age.

28 February 2012

Weapons labs and the inconvenient truth

Hugh Gusterson

On February 16, the strategic forces subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee held a hearing on the oversight of the nuclear weapons laboratories. The nine out of 16 committee members who skipped the hearing -- including the congressman who represents the district encompassing the Livermore Laboratory -- missed a fine show.

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