Former US Intel Officials Discuss Personal Opinion vs. Professional Obligation in International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence

Yesterday, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence published an article that I co-authored with Luis Rodriguez. It appears in the Spring 2020 issue. The Editor in Chief of the Journal edited the article for us. It began as a working draft that Rodriguez and I workshopped at a 2019 International Studies Association Intelligence Studies panel in Toronto, Canada. "Thirty two former U.S. and U.K. intelligence practitioners and other intelligence…

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Defense One Podcast Interview on new Airwars Report

Chris Woods, the founder/director of Airwars, and I had a great conversation with Ben Watson at Defense One Radio on the new Airwars report that I authored about US media coverage of civilian casualties in the war against so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. You can listen to the podcast on Sticher: You can also listen to it Google Play, Spotify, iTunes, and Overcast.

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Defense One Op-Ed: ‘Where is the Coverage of Civilian Casualties in the War on ISIS?’

You can read my op-ed about the findings of the news Airwars report that I authored about US news media coverage of civilian harm in the war against so-called Islamic State at Defense One. "Airpower-dominated conflicts, especially when they are conducted without large contingents of U.S. ground forces, should get greater scrutiny and more consistent oversight by major media institutions, not less. U.S. involvement in conflicts in places like Niger…

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Airwars Report Launch at New America in Washington, D.C.

The report that I researched and authored for Airwars was unveiled on July 16 at New America in DC. To discuss the report and its findings, I was joined by Chris Woods, executive director of Airwars, a not-for-profit organization which tracks civilian harm claims in Iraq, Syria, and Libya; as well as by Azmat Khan, an ASU/New America Future of War Fellow and author of The Uncounted, a New York…

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Airwars Report: News In Brief

For the last seven months, I researched and authored a report for Airwars, the London-based international military conflict monitor. The report is about US media coverage of civilian harm in the war against so-called Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. You can read the report here. This report addresses U.S. media coverage of civilian harm in the war against so-called Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria and Iraq, with the aim…

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‘Ethics of Applied Intelligence in Military Conflict’ in the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence

Today, the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence published an article that I co-authored with fellow students from Georgetown University's masters program in applied intelligence. It appears in Vol. 32, Issue No. 3. The article explores the ethics of applied intelligence in modern conflict with a focus on preemptive war and precision guided weapons:   "Intelligence is essential to modern statecraft in times of war and peace. As such, its…

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FVEY partnerships with IC and U.S. institutions of higher education.

From active shooters, to counter-terrorism, to counter-proliferation, and counter-intelligence, the U.S. Intelligence Community and law enforcement are actively partnering with U.S. institutions of high education. The partnership extends to FVEY country counterparts. In 2015 and 2016, William M. Arkin and I published a multi-month investigation into the most 'militarized' universities in the United States, outlining the entities that comprise the national security partnerships between U.S. institutions of higher education and…

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Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Report and Cost Study by Collins, Hickman, Boruchowitz

In 2016, I worked at The Constitution Project in Washington, D.C. as a staff researcher and writer on an independent commission studying Oklahoma's death penalty. The commission was co-chaired by former Oklahoma governor Brad Henry. The commission offered 42 recommendations, but the overall recommendation was: "In light of the extensive information gathered from this year-long, in-depth study, the Commission members unanimously recommend that the current moratorium on the death penalty…

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Doctors of Doom: What a PhD Really Means in the US National Security Community: A VICE News Investigation

A follow up to Bill Arkin's and my ranking of the VICE News: Most Militarized Universities in America, Doctors of Doom reveals: Online for-profit schools currently dominate the awarding of doctoral degrees to intelligence professionals, with four for-profit online schools Capella University, Walden University, the University of Phoenix, and Northcentral University awarding the most degrees, almost 15 percent of the total. 1 out of 50 doctoral degrees in the US…

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The Most Militarized Universities in America: A VICE News Investigation

The Most Militarized Universities in America: A VICE News Investigation After months of work with VICE News, Bill Arkin and I have produced a definitive list of American colleges and universities with the greatest number of students who are employed by the Intelligence Community (IC), have the closest relationships with the national security state, and profit the most from American war-waging. Our research offers unprecedented insight into the make-up of…

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The Cairo Review of Global Affairs: The Trial of Chelsea Manning

A military judge found the U.S. army private guilty on twenty espionage and other charges related to the leaking of military field reports and diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks. But the lack of transparency in the proceedings raises questions about the legitimacy of the verdict and the harshness of the sentence. Rather than achieving justice, the conviction highlights President Obamas war on whistleblowers. Read The Trial of Chelsea Manning in The…

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