Topic: Science

US Military Pledges Principled, Responsible Approach to Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon is a lumbering bureaucracy where priorities can shift with political tides, which makes the trajectory of progress on AI unclear.

Troops, Veterans Are Targets in the Disinformation War, Even if They Don’t Know It Yet

Over the past several years, disinformation, or the intentional deployment of false information for malicious ends, has emerged as a critical threat.
Marine Corps Sgt. David E. Martin assists a veteran during his visit to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., in 2014. Photo by Sgt. Alvin Williams Jr., courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Climate Change Makes Things Harder for Unhoused Veterans

Unhoused Veterans Provide a Mini View of How Climate Change Affects Homelessness
Trainees check their cell phones and update family members at the Solomon Center on Fort Jackson in 2017. Photo by Robert Timmons, courtesy of the U.S. Army.

All Warfare Is Based on Deception—Troops, Vets Targeted by Disinformation Can Fight Back

While the military is targeted by disinformation campaigns, its experience also positions service members to lead the way to fight back against them.
The 2018 NORAD Tracks Santa Operation Center at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, on Christmas Eve. Photo by Staff Sgt. Alexandra M. Longfellow, courtesy of the U.S. Air Force.

‘Faster Than Starlight’—How Troops Track Santa’s Trek Across the Globe

How does Santa do it? A lot of it is classified, but Santa most likely operates within his own space-time continuum.

War Horse Managing Editor Recognized by VA Secretary for Toxic Exposure Reporting

“Kelly told the human stories of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and families who were suffering, so we as a nation would not, and could not, forget.”

‘Please Come and Apply’—The PACT Act Is the Largest Expansion of Veteran Benefits in Decades

“We think that there are, roughly, a little over 6.2 million veterans who, we believe, qualify for the PACT Act,” VA Secretary Denis McDonough said.
Another Summit, a program based in the Hudson Valley, just north of New York City, offers outdoor adventures for veterans and first responders at no cost to them. Photo courtesy of the author.

A Soldier Found Healing Outdoors. Now He Wants to Break Down Barriers for Others.

Study identifies barriers that might keep nonwhite, disabled, or elderly veterans from participating in outdoor recreation.
Andrea Goldstein on the deck of a naval ship

Finding Empowerment in Choice, Asking for Help, and the Journey to Build a Family

As I began IVF, I felt grateful, empowered. But I mostly felt angry that VA would have covered my expensive medical procedure had I been married to a man.