War on the Rocks

In Defense of Best Practices

At the height of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, I worked as part of a contract team providing intelligence support to U.S. Central Command. Our team’s job was to help document how exactly the U.S. Central Command Intelligence Directorate provided key intelligence support to operations...

Bombshell: Shove It All Into OCO

This week Paula Garcia Tufro joins the Radha, Loren, and Erin to discuss the brewing crisis in Venezuela. Then the ladies fashion an update on Brexit, explore uncharted waters in Iraq, and ask what is the point of a second North Korea summit when nothing has...

Debunking the Myths of the War in Afghanistan

All militaries craft narratives to help them understand and explain their wars. At their best, these stories can help divine important lessons learned, capturing hard-won battlefield wisdom. But at their worst, they can evolve into myths that distort reality and dodge accountability. In failing or inconclusive...

(Moral) Hazards to Navigation at Sea

It would be an understatement to say Bryan McGrath’s excellent article, published in these pages last week, turned some heads. It was a response to the in-depth reporting in ProPublica on the events leading up to the 2017 USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) collision. He argues that,...