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Battleland Bows Out…

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After thousands of posts dating back more than two years, Battleland is calling it quits with this final item.

As journalism has evolved, the time spent producing this blog doesn’t make the sense it did when we launched Battleland early in 2011.

It has been an honor to help create a learned nook for informed and irreverent coverage of national-security matters (sometimes both!).

We thank the dozens of collaborators who have filed hundreds of posts that contributed to making this a feisty and compelling site.

More importantly, we thank you, our readers.

This particular Battleland-er will continue covering national-security issues for Time.com and Time magazine. So keep in touch, via battleland.dc@gmail.com.

And thanks, again, for reading.

 

15 comments
tonykendzior
tonykendzior

Gaaasp! And I thought life was over when Tom Barnett left the building! Not U too.

BrandonFriedman
BrandonFriedman

Sorry to see it go--was always an honor to contribute!

IceToes
IceToes

Thanks for the coverage, insight, and opinions, Battleland! Loved the variety and the even-handed thinking. Steady winds, smooth seas, and comfy boots on your journey!

sacredh
sacredh

Throw a few threads in swampland. We've been known to be a little irreverent too.

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

Sorry to see you were taken down by "livefyre".

Keep up the good work, Mark! (And, as PD said, check in on Swampland, when you can...)

mtngoatjoe
mtngoatjoe

Well, shoot. This sucks! Thanks for everything, and good luck to everyone on their future endeavors.

JRC
JRC

Where should I go now?   Do you have any recommendations?    The top- 5 perhaps...

MrObvious
MrObvious

Thanks for giving us different and needed aspect of our Military entanglements, be in procurement of new tech to the boots on the ground.


PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Don't be a stranger. Drop in over at Swampland every once in awhile!


BarbaraVanDahlen
BarbaraVanDahlen

Thank you Mark for your critical - and at times irreverent - perspective and for allowing those of us who work in this space to have a voice on these important issues. I have no doubt that you will continue to keep us all informed - and honest - as we continue to address the concerns and needs of those who serve and their families. It has been an honor to contribute to Battleland. 

winslowwheeler@msn.com
winslowwheeler@msn.com

I have been reading Mark Thompson's and other colleagues' work at Battleland since it began, and I have had the priviledge to write blogs for Battleland also.  Of course, I will miss the broad dissemination that Time/Battleland gives to the materials I write, but far more importantly I will miss the extraordinary writing and reporting that Mark and others have released at Battleland.  It quite literally is material that does not appear elsewhere, and it has materially expanded the knowledge base and insight in the defense debate.  Shame on Time for allowing Mark to make this decision.  The end of Battleland leaves a hole in the defense debate that I fear few others have the intelect and spine to fill.   

DarleneIskra
DarleneIskra

It was a great ride!  Thanks for being such a great editor and letting us do our own thing in contributing to Battleland!

JacobK
JacobK

Nooooooo!. Battleland was one of a few sources dedicated to National Security issues and policies that was worth reading.

hope_matters
hope_matters

As a more recent contributor, I am disappointed to see this Battleland closure. However, I remain focused on the positive difference it's made to readers. It's been an honor and a privilege to be some small part of that. Thanks, for your dedication of creating an exceptional "learned nook." I hope the messages of Battleland resonate for years to come ... as is the trickle effect of such good works. 

SeanThorpe
SeanThorpe

Man this is rather sad. As someone who was not an American it was refreshing to see that some one on the inside of America saw what was so obvious to the outside world at times in terms of a military industry rising at the taxpayers expense. It also helped me to see the American armed forces in a more positive light as hearing their side of the story on several issues you can see where politicians gave them a pretty hard time.