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  • National (in)security and the Pentagon budget

    The inadequate response of both the federal and state governments to the Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the United States, creating what could only be called a national-security crisis. Yelp data show that more than 132,000 businesses have already closed and census…
  • The worrying specter of robot generals

    With Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of US service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relying ever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations. Such devices, known in the military as “autonomous weapons systems,” include robotic sentries, battlefield-surveillance…
  • Why China is taking over the ‘American century’

    For the Trump administration’s senior officials, it has been open season on bashing China. If you need an example, think of the president’s blame game about “the invisible Chinese virus” as it spreads wildly across the US. When it comes to China, in fact, the…