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Senior Contributor, Defense One and Contributing Editor — The Atlantic, The Week Magazine, GQ, Defense One

Largely carbon. Contributing editor @theweek, @theatlantic. Interested in everything.

What Hillary Clinton might say about fast tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership

theweek.com — It's the first big question Hillary Clinton has to answer: Does she oppose the fast-track approval process for the Trans-Pacific Partnership that the Senate agreed to on Thursday? The procedural deal would give President Obama broad authority to pursue the controversial trade agreement by constricting Congress to a simple up-or-down vote on the final version.

The futuristic air defense system of Washington, D.C. was defeated by a postman

theweek.com — A postman-turned-protester delivering letters flew a single-person gyroscope undetected through the nation's most secure and highly monitored airspace Tuesday, landing his aircraft yards from the U.S. Capitol before he was arrested. His public declaration of intent to protest notwithstanding, how did he get through the expensive and lethal military assets that protect Washington, D.C.?

Why white women will play kingmaker in 2016

theweek.com — Hillary Clinton is in it to ... assure you that she'll work hard to deserve your vote, especially if you're an everyday American. "Everyday American" is a short phrase that encapsulates the grand strategy of her campaign, a subtle way of throwing shade on the non-everyday Americans - the people that Elizabeth Warren decries, the 1 percent, the Wall Street bankers, and, generally, opponents of progress.

Rand Paul's incoherence is his best asset

theweek.com — Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who Tuesday made formal his always-but-not-officially-certain campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, is a hard politician to pigeonhole. More a meerkat than a chameleon, he pops up in odd places on the binary left-to-right political spectrum that still organizes how the media covers campaigns.

The astonishing rationality of the Iran nuclear deal

theweek.com — The deal reached between Iran and the West over nuclear proliferation is, in the words of one widely-cited article, " astonishingly good." At first, I assumed that Max Fisher was writing for the headline ( Vox's inflationary adverb policy is a useful way to drawn in readers). But now I think he's right.

Why Comedy Central is sticking by Trevor Noah

theweek.com — Trevor Noah, the South African comic who was tapped to succeed Jon Stewart at The Daily Show, has gone from "progressive icon" to MSNBC's villian of the hour in less than a sidereal day. As Twitter storms go, this is hardly a Category 5.

How I unfairly maligned two Secret Service agents in POLITICO Magazine

theweek.com — It seemed like a refrain: News reports surfaced on March 11 about an incident at the White House involving drunken Secret Service agents. The first accounts suggested that the agents' conduct was egregious and even cartoonish.

Self-driving cars will change everything

theweek.com — Self-driving cars. Delphi, one of the biggest auto parts suppliers in the country, will pilot a self-driving Audi from California to the New York auto show. It's part publicity stunt, part experiment: The vehicle's advanced active safety sensors will collect gigabytes of data about the experience, which Delphi will use to help build parts for autonomous cars of the future.

Hi. I’m the Secret Service. And I’m an Alcoholic.

politico.com — Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated by the Secret Service; they have been my heroes. I remember cornering a presidential candidate, Paul Tsongas, when I was 13, just so could I ask him about his detail.

The Secret Service has a drinking problem

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Apr 15, 2015

CNN reported that NORAD did not detect the gyrocopter. Much scarier than if they had, and decided not to engage it.

Apr 15, 2015

They run exercises for this type of event three or four times a year and table-top communications exercises more regularly.

Apr 15, 2015

They are multiple redundant command centers & a lot of overlapping missions & mandates in the National Capital Region pic.twitter.com/D8NuCGPqTc

Apr 15, 2015

Everyone, including the USSS & USCP has reps at a cmd cntr run by the JFHQ-NCR in DC and at a separate contingency USAF outside the Beltway

Apr 15, 2015

Here's a comprehensive description of NCR-IAD, including the protocol for slow-low flying objects. dod.mil/dodgc/olc/docs…

Apr 15, 2015

I believe those radar systems integrate with the NSAMS system for a middle layer of defense. See here: aviationintel.com/radar-guided-s…

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