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We're Not Ready for a Federal Robotics Department

The U.S. government, an insider argues, is ill-equipped for a world of automated warfare.

Former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald

Obama to Name a New Veterans Affairs Head That Republicans Can't Refuse

The president will reportedly pick Bob McDonald, the former head of Procter & Gamble.

Demonstrators wave ISIL flags during a Baghdad rally earlier this month.

If Obama Wants to Save Iraq, He'll Have to Get His Hands Dirty

The president likes things clean and surgical, he likes exit strategies and limited commitments.

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., leads lawmakers in drafting legislation to address the situation in Ukraine, on March 12, 2014.

Senate Politics Leave 28 Countries With No U.S. Ambassador

Nominations for U.S. ambassadors are gathering dust as partisan posturing holds up their Senate confirmation. Never mind that the world’s on fire. By Molly O’Toole

Firefighters conduct search and rescue of an apartment destroyed by an explosion at the the West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas.

Senators Drafting Bill That Could Extend Life of Chemical Security Program

The anticipated legislation could serve as a companion to a similar House bill.

Volunteers of the newly formed "Peace Brigade" march in a demonstration in Sadr City, Baghdad, Iraq, on June 21, 2014.

How Nonviolent Action Could Thwart ISIL’s Advance in Iraq

ISIL fighters are making gains in Iraq. But this does not mean that their violence is decisive. By Maria J. Stephan

A group of soldiers with the 789th Ordnance Company prepare a cache of landmines and rockets to be disposed of by a high explosives charge near Baghdad, Iraq, on April 13, 2008.

A Good Step Toward Ending Landmines

President Obama announced that the United States will no longer make or buy landmines. This is good, but he can do more to end this deadly scourge. By Joe Cirincione

Members of the media wearing protective suits and masks visit Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant during a press tour in Fukushima prefecture, northeastern Japan, Feb. 20, 2012.

How the Fukushima Disaster Is Changing the Future of Robotics

The future of humanoid robotics is rising from the radioactive ashes of Fukushima. By Patrick Tucker

ree Syrian Army fighters running at one of the front lines in the town of Sheikh Najjar, in Aleppo, Syria.

Obama Requests $500 Million for 'Moderate' Syrian Rebels

Any potential recipient would be properly vetted first, the administration promised.

Mei Li, senior scientist at Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, works to develop an anti-radiation drug in 2004.

Will the U.S. Keep Buying Medicine for 'Black Swan' Attacks?

Lawmakers will have to decide whether it's worthwhile to guard against relatively unlikely biological attacks.