I’m a senior editor at Task & Purpose, the news and culture site for service members and veterans. Previously, I was a senior investigative editor for a startup created by ABC News and Univision. From 2013 to 2015, I was a senior writer for Gawker, specializing in national insecurity: domesti...
Ah, service academy graduation! That wonderful springtime rite in which plebes become plebes no more, firsties drunkenly don cadet dress uniforms for the last time, and some old dignitary gives them a brief, rousing pep talk about the sacred duties they’re about to undertake.
Iâ€™m not a distinguished veteran. I didnâ€™t always do my best. My own service was short and uneventful. When I went to Iraq, it was as a contractor in debt. But I know better than to tell Russiaâ€™s foreign minister and ambassador to the United States top-secret, sensitive compartmented information, first obtained by a clandestine U.S. partner, from a code-named program regarding a specific ISIS threat against the West.