Stories by Nick Turse

 Nick Turse is the managing editor of and a fellow at the Nation Institute.  An award-winning journalist, his work has appeared in theLos Angeles Times, the Nation, and regularly at TomDispatch. He is the author/editor of several books, including the just published The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyberwarfare  (Haymarket Books). This piece is the final article in hisseries on the changing face of American empire, which is being underwritten by Lannan Foundation. You can follow him on Tumblr.Follow TomDispatch on Twitter @TomDispatch and join us on Facebook.Copyright 2012 Nick Turse subscribe to Nick Turse's feed

Posted on: Sep 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

AlterNet teams up with Salon and Brave New Foundation to document how Dems on the Congressional "supercommittee" get far more military campaign money and contracts than the GOP.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2011, Source: AlterNet and TomDispatch

The "arc of instability" includes 97 countries. A startling number of these nations are in turmoil, and in every single one of them, Washington is militarily involved.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2011,

Light At End of Tunnel Turns Out to Be Freight Train

Posted on: Sep 3, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Learn which "civilian" companies are making big bucks on today's wars.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Through the "Second to None" campaign, top Pentagon contractors are waging a sophisticated public relations war for the hearts and minds of Americans.

Posted on: Aug 3, 2011, Source: AlterNet and TomDispatch

American secret commandos are carrying out raids in 70 countries--just today. By the end of the year, the number will probably be close to 120.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2011, Source:

U.S. weapons and assistance support regimes actively suppressing democratic uprisings across the Middle East, including Yemen.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2011, Source:

The Pentagon and oil-rich nations have pressured the White House to help subvert the popular democratic will sweeping across the greater Middle East.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2011, Source:

Here is the Pentagon's battlefield vision of tomorrow.

Posted on: Jan 9, 2011, Source:

A count of U.S. bases abroad would be a tiny first step in the necessary process of downsizing the global mission -- and we don't even have that.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2010, Source:

A marketplace filled with books by former military men devoted to tweaking, enhancing, and improving war-fighting capabilities cries out for some counterbalance.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2010, Source:

Now’s your chance to pit your wits (and your ability to suspend disbelief) against the best the Pentagon has to offer.

Posted on: Sep 12, 2010, Source:

For years, American leaders have hailed the way Afghans are supposedly benefiting from the U.S. role in their country. They're not.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Many files, beyond the Afghan War Diary and the 'Collateral Murder' video, continue to hide in plain sight on Wikileaks’ Web site.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2010, Source:

Sebastian Junger's new documentary "Restrepo" presents the story of US soldiers at an isolated combat outpost, keeping Afghan suffering safely off the screen.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The same people who sell the Pentagon billions of dollars in technology are advising the Pentagon on what scientific and technical matters to focus on in the years to come.

Posted on: Feb 10, 2010, Source:

Existing in the shadows, the US base-building program is staggering in size and scope and also extraordinarily expensive.

Posted on: Jan 24, 2010, Source:

In the years ahead, unmanned machines will increasingly fight our wars.

Posted on: Jan 10, 2010, Source:

In Afghanistan, a militarized mix of CIA operatives and ex-military mercenaries as well as native recruits and robot aircraft is fighting a war in the shadows.

Posted on: Jan 3, 2010, Source:

What to watch for in 2010 from the country that spends more on war than the next 25 combined.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2009, Source:

The news is focused on a future U.S. withdrawal from Iraq -- but the withdrawal isn't to send the military presence home -- it's into bases across the Persian Gulf.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Despite ever rosier economic predictions and a surging stock market, the body count from the economic crisis is destined only to grow in the weeks and months ahead.

Posted on: Nov 8, 2009, Source:

Forget the "debates" in Washington over Afghan War policy. Construction activity and the flow of money suggests that the Pentagon plans to be there for a long, long time.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2009, Source:

Obama can choose between going on the peace maker-route, or take the path of recent presidents and continue with the war games.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2009, Source:

William Calley and the alleged Pan Am bomber were both convicted of mass murder. Yet Calley's recent appearances have provoked no outrage. Why the double standard?

Posted on: Jun 18, 2009, Source:

They shredded our economic safety nets, but for them jobs are plentiful and lucrative. You'll be surprised to know who's cashing in and where.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2009, Source:

A silent, nationwide epidemic of drastic measures may be underway, so why aren't we talking about it?

Posted on: May 10, 2009, Source:

Even in good times, life for poor working women can be an obstacle-filled struggle to get by. In an economic crisis, it can be hell.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2009, Source:

The new working poor, as well as more families with young children, are threatening to overwhelm New York City's last hunger safety net.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2009, Source:

Small towns are feeling the pain far worse than the rest of us, and no one knows how to stop the bleeding.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2009, Source:

Pushed past their breaking points, people are robbing banks to pay the rent, setting homes on fire -- even taking their own lives.

Posted on: Dec 15, 2008, Source:

With the consumer economy on the skids, civilian companies may turn their attention to making products for the Pentagon.

Posted on: Oct 28, 2008, Source:

When we want to get serious about a long-term bailout strategy, we'll start dismantling the American empire and Pentagon programs.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2008, Source:

Violent reactions are bubbling up across the country to new economic realities.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2008, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. government secretly facilitated dealings between Shell and the Iraqi Oil Ministry for no-bid contracts.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2008, Source:

Now that the New York Times has made the shocking discovery that the Iraq War may be related to oil, how will corporate media address the issue?

Posted on: Jun 25, 2008, Source:

Meet the mystery defense contractors that are raking in billions in taxpayer dollars without notice.

Posted on: May 21, 2008, Source:

In the new film Iron Man, the people cast as terrorists take the fall for what the U.S. has done in the real world.

Posted on: May 7, 2008, Source: Metropolitan Books

Judging by the Pentagon's own accounting, the army, navy, air force and marines have been very hungry -- and they've been chowing down.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2008, Source: Metropolitan Books

Pentagon elites and high government officials are tee-ing off at taxpayer expense at hundreds of courses all over the planet.