Nate Rawlings

Nate Rawlings is a writer for TIME magazine's international team. He previously wrote for the magazine’s Briefing section and about domestic government, politics and military affairs. Prior to joining the TIME staff, Nate reported for the magazine from Iraq and Afghanistan while studying in graduate school. A former Army officer, Nate served two combat tours in Iraq, as a platoon leader in 2006, and as an embedded combat advisor to the Iraqi Army in 2008-2009, both with 4th Infantry Division. Nate holds a BA in History from Princeton University, an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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Shifting into “R”

For the past 11 years, logisticians have had their hands full in Afghanistan. For one, the country is land locked and far from a seaport. The terrain, especially in the strategically important east, is covered with mountains; and …

Pulling Out…Without Giving Up

LOGAR PROVINCE — Throughout history, one of the most difficult maneuvers to pull off in combat has been the fighting withdrawal. It’s an aspect of war that plagued battlefield commanders from Napoleon to Lee to Bradley. …

Stan McChrystal: Trading Shadows for Showtime

For nearly six years during the post-9/11 war on terror — including the height of the Iraq war — Stanley McChrystal was the furthest thing from a household name.

As commander of Joint Special Operations Command (known in the military then as Task Force 714), McChrystal led a team of commandos, intelligence analysts and programmers. …

Leading the Charge Up the (Capitol) Hill

Early on the morning of Nov. 4, 2008, I gathered up my things, and like most days that year headed out on a mission into southern Baghdad. After a quiet patrol on a chilly day, my troops and I came back to our base just in time …

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