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The entire Petraeus affair has made a mockery of us. It has exposed the hollowness of many intelligence classification decisions; if they really were “exceptionally grave threats to national security,” then leaking them would not be a misdemeanor plea. It has shown that having powerful friends (to this day, Senator John McCain is running defense for Petraeus) can make enforcing the law so difficult as not to be worth the trouble to try. And it has shown that justice, at least for the cleared, is only doled out to the politically inconvenient or weak; the politically favored will get to break the law without any real consequence.
The Petraeus affair has exposed the hollowness of U.S. intelligence classification decisions and made a mockery of the justice system.
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My latest, in FP
Even post-“don’t ask, don’t tell,” it’s still a world of homophobic slurs and awkward questions about my “wife.”
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"And are machines inca­pable of moral rea­son­ing all that bad?Underneath all of the inter­est­ing dis­cus­sions about robots and morals I keep get­ting left with a big “so what?” Do you care if a machine only sim­u­lates polite­ness, a basic and rough con­cern for sen­si­bil­i­ties, and tries to max­i­mize human life when pre­sented with the trol­ley prob­lem? Is the end result, the user expe­ri­ence if you will, all that dif­fer­ent if the deci­sion came from rigid and unfeel­ing rule sets rather than a heart­felt agony over what the best deci­sion is?"
There is a growing consensus among western computer researchers, technologists, celebrity intellectuals, and pundits, about the ethics and morals of creating artificial intelligence. One of the technical voices leading the charge (as opposed to entrepreneurs and celebrity physicists) is ...
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Chapter 1 of my participation in National Novel Writing Month. Here's hoping!
Through a cloud of dust, the boys began to play volleyball. It was an exciting game, lots of shouting, the ball bouncing back and forth as they tried to keep it aloft over the net. The game was always popular here, it always had been. No one could remember when their first game was, ...
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The great thing about mushroom soup is you can dress it up a bunch of different ways. You can make it vegan if you’re really hardcore about it, or you can make it with turkey stock (as I almost did). But it’s not necessary: a fairly routine set of ingredients make a perfectly delicious soup. This version is vegetarian, though you can easily amp up the body with cream or yogurt (or sour cream).
Winter weekends are made for soup. The weather is supposed to be cold, and if it's raining or something, being stuck inside provides a great excuse to cook things. Especially if they're easy, fairl...
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"The truth from the tribal region never comes out. The reality is that terrorists say they are not scared of the military, the locals, or any other security force. The only thing that scares them are drone strikes... all of us in the tribal belt believe that if there were no drones the terrorists would be stronger."
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This idea that you either grow or die is built into the genome of mar­ket cap­i­tal­ism: as a busi­ness, you either grow or you die. You either grow income or you become poor. You either expand or you con­tract. There is no exis­tence in a cap­i­tal­ist sys­tem like that, your only options are to flour­ish or to wither. And that’s fine, really (any crit­i­cal dis­cus­sion of cap­i­tal­ism is wayyyyyyy out­side scope here), but it’s impor­tant to acknowl­edge it. And of course, it is impor­tant to acknowl­edge that the wealthy tycoons who want to do this sort of col­o­niza­tion are steeped in this line of think­ing to such a degree that they don’t even see it; they see it as nat­ural that they will  profit hand­somely from the affair. It is no dif­fer­ent from other gold rushes. The Pacific Mail Steamship Com­pany made gobs of cash from the Cal­i­for­nia Gold Rush, but the indi­vid­ual min­ers really did not. So, too, will it be in pri­va­tized for-profit space colonies like the one Musk wants to build.
Nuclear Terraforming? In all the fervor about water on Mars and building colonies there, I have been digging through the literature about living on Mars, from non-fiction accounts of the engineering required, to speculation about how such places might work, to science fiction about what those ...
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My latest ideagasm
Until very recently I would have said that Edward Snowden had created the single largest catastrophe in U.S. intelligence history (you can read on this blog and in my essays just how extensive this damage has been). Whatever you think of the other value of his disclosures, it is inarguable that ...
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Literally everything is weird about this whole "Seymour Hersh plagiarized a disappeared blogger-novelist from a few years ago" thing and here I explain why.
So, back in 2007, right before her novel “Outsourced” came out, I met Raelynn Hillhouse at a café in Ballston, Virginia. There, we talked about the intelligence community, her blogging about the IC at “The Spy Who Billed Me”, and sometimes surreal universe of military and intelligence ...
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My second short story, about think tankers in Washington, DC, has been published. Go check it out!
The Drink Tank. Joshua Foust. “Are you able to really quickly talk with us today about the Salahudeen assassination?” The woman's voice on the other side of the phone was desperate, pleading. It was 4:30 in the morning. “I— I guess so,” I slurred. My girlfriend rolled over to give me her back ...
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Happy to announce my first short story, about contractors in Afghanistan, has been published!
34THPARALLEL MAGAZINE ISSUE 27. Lust for Order: Stanley Kubrick by Graham Daseler. Stanley Kubrick's films, like the director himself, lust for order. Charikar by Joshua Foust. It was supposed to be a day trip, but you never knew. Robert, obsessed with the film Black Hawk Down, lectured Jason ...
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I took a Jaques Pepin recipe for this soup, as told to David Tanis in a recent article. I didn’t quite follow it exactly, and it showed: I wasn’t quite patient enough, and the flavors did not develop sufficiently. Furthermore, I do not suggest cooking the onions at as high a heat as Pepin says; I tried that and the onions overcooked. In addition, I made this into a smaller batch — I don’t need to serve six people at a time with soup, so I cut it down to serve four very nicely.
Long time readers of my much-reduced Twitter feed will remember the constant deluge of food photographs I once posted there in the evenings. It was a catalogue of food I was cooking at the time, a ...
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  • Eurasia Foundation
    Communications Officer, 11 - present
    Lead officer on all external communications, outreach, and press relations for Eurasia Foundation. Administers website (including a complete redesign in 2014) and edits all work published by the foundation. Manages organizational social media accounts to expand audience for EF-relevant topics. From December 2013 to June 2014, social media engagement on Twitter and Facebook grew by 27% and 19%, respectively. Produces in-house official documents like the annual report and periodic program reports using Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Produces original journalistic reports on foundation program activities monthly. Serves as media liaison and spokesman, and manages media relations for staff, board members, and advisory council for global and DC-area outlets.
  • Foreign Policy Research Institute
    Research Fellow, 1
    Non-resident fellow in the national security program at FPRI. Researches and writes long-form, reported narrative essays about national security issues, the history of national security, and American foreign policy.
  • Self
    Freelance Journalist, 7 - 11
    Wrote reported, analytic, and opinion articles for a wide variety of publications, from small academic presses (Brown Journal of World Affairs) to mainstream popular ones (the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Salon, et. al). Covered national security, defense policy, intelligence, and strategic issues.
  • WNET
    Columnist, 4 - 5
    Wrote weekly analysis of foreign policy issues as they related to U.S. politics for PBS Need to Know. In July 2010 interviewed by Jon Meachem on the Wikileaks scandal, and in 2012 by May 2012 by Maria Hinojosa on Afghanistan. Covered issues relating to alliance issues in Afghanistan, counterterrorism, drones warfare, and the local political consequences of U.S. policy. Wrote several of the most-read articles for 2011 and 2012.
  • American Security Project
    Counterterrorism Fellow, 1 - 3
    Wrote analysis of U.S. foreign policy, targeted to media and senior officials. Traveled extensively for research & participation in international conferences. Wrote op-eds supporting strategic thinking in U.S. foreign policy. Briefed members of Congress, professional staff, and senior policymakers on foreign policy topics. Testified before the Senate on intelligence contracting issues. Managed media presence on key issues. Researched targeted killings, drone strikes, and covert warfare, reforming the intelligence community, and metrics in understanding national security policy.
  • The Atlantic Monthly Group
    Contributor, 7 - 1
    Wrote weekly analysis of U.S. foreign policy issues and strategic decision-making, covering drone policy, counterterrorism, economic and social issues in Central Asia, and NATO defense policy.
  • Northrop Grumman
    Senior Intelligence Analyst, 5 - 1
    Click to edit position descriptionProduced original and substantive research on the social-cultural phenomena behind irregular warfare movements as the Social Futurist of the Irregular Warfare Division at the National Ground Intelligence Center. Created alternative analytic frameworks, futures studies, and conceptual meta-analysis for the Army intelligence process. Reached out to academic, policy, and journalist sources to gain a non-intel focused view of both warfare and the U.S. military’s place in it. Examined conflicts from a cultural perspective, and educates other Army organizations on how to break out of traditional modes of thinking.
  • TSI Executive Consulting
    Human Terrain Analyst, 1 - 5
    Analyzed socio-cultural issues in Afghanistan as a part of the U.S. Army’s TRADOC G2 Human Terrain System, incorporating field and independent research using library, journal, media, and classified sources. Produced operationally relevant reports and profiles of tribal conflicts, socio-economic processes, and political/religious movements within Afghanistan for Brigade Commanders serving in eastern and southern Afghanistan. Served as primary point of contact for increasing HTS interagency presence, doing outreach and liaising with other federal agencies to facilitate data sharing. Embedded with field teams in Afghanistan to coordinate activities, data-sharing, and provide forward analytical and collection support.
  • Toffler Associates
    Consultant, 12 - 1
    Developed a system for “market surveillance” for a major communications company that incorporates news feeds, online meetups, and group blogging. Analyzed future strategic competitive environment for the U.S. Navy, incorporating future trends into the strategic planning process Analyzed strategic plan of the Air National Guard, incorporating new organizational structures into planning process. Designed and implemented collaborative system for the Defense Intelligence Agency, incorporating massively distributed collaboration and open source research into intelligence analysis as a part of the Full Spectrum Analysis pilot. Various writing and analysis assignments, ranging from spectrum allocation and mobile Internet adoption to a conceptual analysis of Future Shock.
  • Red Team Consulting, LLC
    Technical Writer, 6 - 10
    Full-range bid and proposal management, from red team through submission, including technical writing, engineering compliance, proofreading, and strategy.
  • Noesis, LLC
    Web Developer, 5 - 11
    Designed, coded, and maintained web pages for clients, both private and government (primarily Navy). Designed, coded, and maintained corporate Intranet.
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Writer, editor, communications professional specializing in social media, messaging, and connecting content to design. Skilled at messaging, social media, campaigns, research & analysis, and writing & editing. Expert in issues pertaining to the U.S. government and foreign policy in the Middle East & North Africa and Eurasia (the Former Soviet Union). Former intelligence analyst & journalist now working to enhance organizations' reach and engagement with new audiences.
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