Mark Benjamin

Mark Benjamin is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Washington, D.C. and a contributing writer at TIME. Since 2001, Benjamin has focused on national security issues with an emphasis on the plight of returning veterans and detainee abuse. Benjamin exposed the burial scandal at Arlington National Cemetery through a yearlong investigation. He was hailed for exploring problems caring for veterans at Walter Reed starting in early 2005 and also obtained the Army’s entire Abu Ghraib investigative files. Benjamin is the winner of a Raymond Clapper Memorial Award for the best reporting from Washington, a Fourth Estate Award from the American Legion, a Mental Health Media Award from the National Mental Health Association, an Outstanding Media Coverage Award from the National Gulf War Resource Center, a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism, and was twice a finalist for the Online News Association’s Online Journalism Awards. He previously worked at and UPI. He can be reached at

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Panetta: We Can Take the Cuts, But Not the Trigger

The nation’s military can swallow the basic budget cuts in the new debt deal, but not the more drastic slashing that would take place if the “trigger” sets in, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

The debt deal calls for about $350 billion in Pentagon cuts over the next 10 years. But if by Thanksgiving a special congressional …

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UK: Brother, Can You Spare an Aircraft Carrier?

A report by a defense panel in the British parliament explores the impact of upcoming budget cuts on the UK military. Among other shockers, there is an upcoming 10-year period where the Brits will have no — zero — aircraft carrier strike capability while old carriers are retired and new carriers are not in the ocean yet.

The …

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Fort Hood Planning Foreshadows the Way of the Gun

If press reports are accurate, the young soldier arrested for allegedly planning to shoot troops near Fort Hood was inspired by Major Nidal Hasan, who slaughtered 13 people at Fort Hood in November 2009. Pfc. Naser Abo, 21, also had in his hotel room bombmaking materials and a copy of an article from Inspire, published by al-Qaeda’s …

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A Strange Arrest in a New Alleged Fort Hood Attack Plot

The immediate reaction from a lot of people when news first broke that a soldier shot up the Soldier Readiness Center at Fort Hood in November 2009 was surprise that this kind of thing had not happened earlier. Many folks (including me) first assumed that this was the act of a soldier suffering greatly from combat stress after repeated …

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