Hugh Gusterson

Hugh Gusterson

Articles by Hugh Gusterson

22 November 2013

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
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Syria and the limits of realpolitik

Hugh Gusterson

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

23 July 2013

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

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.

2 February 2012

An education in occupation

Hugh Gusterson

As the last American soldiers left Iraq in December, so, too, did many of the journalists who had covered the war, leaving little in the way of media coverage of post-war Iraq.

13 October 2011

Death by drone

Hugh Gusterson

Anwar al-Awlaki was clearly not a nice person, but the manner in which he was killed on September 30 should trouble us all, regardless of our political orientation. Awlaki, a US citizen who once lived in Northern Virginia, was a Muslim cleric who took up residence in Yemen, where he incited anti-US sentiment -- until he was executed by a drone.