Intelligence

ISIS-K: What the Moscow Attack Means

That the United States warned Russia before the Crocus Hall attack in Moscow that killed 145 people cannot be forgotten

From Attacks on Civilians to Spiritual Injury: Future War Trends from Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
From Attacks on Civilians to Spiritual Injury: Future War Trends from Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is proving to be a tragic proving ground for trends that will almost certainly be replicated in other twenty-first-century warfare. Decentralized decision-making, the targeting of population centers, tactical speed in decision-making, the rise of artificial intelligence, vital intelligence sharing, and the strategic impact of moral and spiritual injury demonstrate the boundaries for future combat.

How the Bush Administration Failed: A Review of Robert Draper’s To Start a War
How the Bush Administration Failed: A Review of Robert Draper’s To Start a War

Robert Draper’s book To Start a War details why the Bush administration made a gravely mistaken decision, despite having clearly met the jus ad bellum criteria of “right intention.”

Preachers and Spooks: Should US Missionaries Collaborate with US Intelligence Services?
Preachers and Spooks: Should US Missionaries Collaborate with US Intelligence Services?

Should US missionaries collaborate with US intelligence services? What if one’s home government invited the missionary to use lethal authorized force against a known terrorist target?

Perfidy: A Christian and Muslim Summary

When is lying permissible in war? Mark Coppenger indicates several instances in the Christian just war tradition but insists there is no room for perfidy or treachery.

Consistently Inconsistent: Haspel’s Appointment Exposes Disingenuous Democrats
Consistently Inconsistent: Haspel’s Appointment Exposes Disingenuous Democrats

John Brennan, who could be credibly blamed as one of the waterboarding program’s chief supporters, seems to escape with little to no blame, while Gina Haspel, who was carrying out the orders of her higher-ups, gets accused of moral impropriety because she was tasked with implementing their plan.

Assassinate Assad?
Assassinate Assad?

Following the Christian just war tradition, could the assassination of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad be justified, despite its illegal nature?

Can Christians Support Gina Haspel as CIA Director? Torture Bonnie Kristian
Can Christians Support Gina Haspel, a “Torturer,” as CIA Director?

Can a Christian support using sleep deprivation against known terrorists to gain valuable intelligence that could save lives?

A Faith Vocation: Skills & Opportunities for Peacemaking
A Faith Vocation: Skills and Opportunities for Peacemaking

For young American Christians aspiring to a vocation intersecting faith and public life, a career in peacemaking and statecraft can afford the opportunity to positively influence US national attitudes in this area, if such aspirations are paired with proper training and certain cardinal virtues.

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