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R. Jeffrey Smith

R. Jeffrey Smith is managing editor for national security at the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative newsroom.
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Israel's Worst-Kept Secret

September 16, 2014 Israel has a substantial arsenal of nuclear weapons. Former CIA Director Robert Gates said so during his 2006 Senate confirmation hearings for secretary of defense, when he noted—while serving as a university president—that Iran is surrounded by “powers with nuclear weapons,” including “the Israelis to the west.” Former President Jimmy ...

How a Massive Nuclear Nonproliferation Effort Led to More Proliferation

June 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SAVANNAH RIVER SITE, South Carolina - A half-finished monolith of raw concrete and rebar rises suddenly from slash pine forests as the public tour bus crests a hill at this heavily-secured site south of rural Aiken. Dozens of hard-hatted workers in bright green and orange vests slog through the damp ...

U.S. military says it made major mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan

June 11, 2012 When President Obama announced in August 2010 the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq, he complimented the soldiers who had served there for completing "every mission they were given." But some of military's most senior officers, in a little-noticed report this spring, rendered a harsher account of their work ...