Mark Thompson

Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Thompson has covered national security in Washington since 1979, and for Time since 1994. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkThompson_DC

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Is This A Great Country Or What?

The Navy’s Pacific Fleet reports:

U.S. Navy Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz has visited dozens of ports over the course of his career, but none has ever evoked the emotions that will come when his ship USS Mustin visits Cambodia in December, marking the first time in 37 years that he has returned to the land of his birth.

As a

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The Ultimate War Game

The Pentagon has just launched a supercomputer assembled from 1,760 Sony PlayStation 3 processors. But military scientists who brought the computer online yesterday probably won’t be playing PS3 games like Call of Duty: Black Ops, God of War, or Killzone 3. The Air Force Research Laboratory Information Directorate at Rome, N.Y., bolted …

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"Follow The Money"

That Hollywood advice to young reporters brought down a President, and now it’s going to keep China out of a second Korean war. In the just-published winter issue of the Air Force’s Strategic Studies Quarterly, a U.S. intelligence analyst specializing in northeast Asia and nuclear matters predicts that China’s reliance on world trade …

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Pentagon: OK To Dump "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

The Pentagon has concluded, based on a nearly year-long study and a survey of troops, that jettisoning the policy that bars openly gay men and women from serving in uniform isn’t a big deal. Seventy percent of those polled said junking the 17-year old ban would be positive, neutral or of no consequence. We’ll have a broader look at …

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About That Federal Pay Freeze…Exemption

The White House’s proposal to freeze federal pay announced Monday exempted the military. It would be DOA on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers have been giving the troops an extra half-percentage-point pay hike above and beyond whatever the Pentagon requests for several years. The troops and their families have been doing great work for a …

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"Don't Ask" Showdown Looms in Senate This Week

President Obama’s fight to let openly gay men and women serve in the U.S. military enters its political endgame this week. The Pentagon will release its report on Tuesday saying most troops don’t care, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, will tell the Senate Armed Services Committee on …

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A Marine's `Black Friday'

In honor of Black Friday — when all good Americans demonstrate their profound sense of materialism and economic entitlement — it’s worth noting that the U.S. Marines have been doing their bit to boost the economy, too.

Prior to 9/11, it cost about $1,200 to outfit a Marine for war, and this is what he looked like.

These days, it …

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