Saturday, October 11


The Spy Who Scammed Us?

Jamie Smith said he was a co-founder of Blackwater and a former CIA officer. He appeared on cable news as a counterterrorism expert and he received millions in goverment contracts to train personnel. The money was real. The resume wasn’t.

Friday, October 10


The Lessons of Atmeh

The complexities of offering aid to a Syrian refugee camp.

Friday, September 26


“Your Future Is Very Dark”

On former CIA agent John T. Downey, who spent more than 20 years in China as the longest held American captive of war.

Tuesday, September 23


The Fight of Their Lives

ISIS vs. the Kurds.

Wednesday, September 17


Dark Side of the Moon

On the Cold War and the Space Race.

Monday, September 15


Whoever Saves a Life

Seven days with Syria’s first responders.

Friday, September 12


"Son, Men Don't Get Raped"

In the U.S. military, more than half of rape victims are men.

Wednesday, September 3


Casualties of War

A couple’s only son is killed in Iraq.

Tuesday, September 2


Why Not Kill Them All?

A dispatch from Donetsk.

Friday, August 29


A Sordid But Instructive Interval At Soldier of Fortune Magazine

A personal history of Soldier of Fortune magazine and the mercenary-wannabes who read and wrote it.

Monday, August 25


The Soft-Kill Solution

The future (and past) of non-lethal weaponry deployed against civilian populations.

Thursday, August 21


Last Tango in Kabul

While war raged across Afghanistan, expats lived in a bubble of good times and easy money. But as the U.S. withdraws, life has taken a deadly turn.