National Security Analyst
Year Started At POGO: 2017
Thompson has been covering U.S. national security for four decades, including from 1994 to 2016 as senior correspondent and deputy Washington bureau chief at TIME Magazine.
Mark worked at TIME from 1994 to 2016. Before that, he covered military affairs for the late Knight-Ridder Newspapers (including the Detroit Free Press, the Miami Herald, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the San Jose Mercury-News) for eight years.
Prior to Knight-Ridder, Mark reported from Washington for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for seven years. During that time, he and his paper were awarded the 1985 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series of articles on an uncorrected design flaw aboard Fort Worth-built Bell helicopters that had killed nearly 250 U.S. servicemen.
When it comes to winning America’s longest war, prevailing isn’t the top priority
It’s a dubious public relations pitch
Air Force weighs a cheaper way of waging wars in developing countries
Smaller, speedier atomic bombs won’t make us safer
It wasn’t perfect, but it beats what’s happening now with today’s laissez-faire lawmakers
Thanking those who put themselves in harm’s way
One almost wonders if the push to export unmanned aerial vehicles could be a secret plot to preserve the Pentagon’s combat edge
Trump makes weapons exports a cornerstone of his economic policy
The president attacks Syria without Congress’s approval
From stealthy pilotless attack aircraft, to spy plane, to flying gas station
After 16 long years, it’s finally taking a different path
Well, actually it wants it. Just not a new bureaucracy to run it
In an Administration increasingly full of bluster, the defense chief provides some needed ballast
Military pilots do breathtaking things, but suffocating shouldn’t be one of them
A half-century after Walter Cronkite told us we couldn’t win in Vietnam, the U.S. ignores his counsel in Afghanistan
Service wants to spend $25 billion before bomb tests to confirm whether its new carrier can survive such shocks
The Air Force’s love affair with its tarnished silver bullet
Just how long can America’s atomic luck last?
Trouble when the rubber meets the runway
The Pentagon shifts its focus from terrorists to Russia and China in its latest strategy
The cheap end of the sea service’s “high-low mix” has a sky-high price tag
The latest pablum and portents from the Pentagon’s must-read list
How to make the holidays happier and the U.S. military better
Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump
Why do we get such a different story on military readiness when the real experts speak up?
Goodbye to an old stalwart, and hello to a new nuke
Some lawmakers, long averse to declaring war, now seek a say before U.S. atomic weapons fly
Disappearing data raise questions about America’s longest war
Their haunted history requires a reckoning, and a recalibration
Why does the Pentagon develop so many weapons that it never builds?
U.S. taxpayers apparently don’t think it’s worth it
They take their lives 2.5 times more often than civilian women
Why do we go to the ends of the Earth to kill terrorists while letting homegrown mass murderers fire freely?
Today’s woes on the peninsula go way back
The recent rash of accidents stem from leaders’ refusal to make tough choices
Congressional cowardice continues to keep unneeded military installations open
Responsibility for recent fatalities goes far up the (anchor) chain
Out-of-the-way military museum lets you peer inside both
Fifteen years of too-good-to-be-true breakfasts
Why are so many U.S. Army bases named in honor of traitors?
One side asks smart questions about Afghanistan, while the other lobs dumb threats at North Korea
We should be grateful they salute, but push for change when required
Mattis raps brass for Afghan uniforms while far-from-ready Navy carrier sails full steam ahead
When did we become so sure of ourselves?
A once-young reporter never forgets “his” first weapon system
The nation continues to drift from conflict to conflict under elastic authorization
Trump’s troop-count handoff to Mattis is part of a grim trend
Gates’ defeat of them was short-lived
Testing the metal’s mettle in a new trade battle
But don’t go blaming just the Defense Department
Why do fewer KIAs seem to make each one more important?
The mental ravages of war remain a real enemy
A U.S. recruit who joined in the invasion of the country in 2001 would be looking forward to retirement now
His comment that the U.S. military is now proud only because of him reeks of strongmanitis
Confusion about the Vinson’s whereabouts ain’t necessarily a bad thing
It’s certainly more traditional, but is it better?
Tomahawk strike on Syria suggests strength, but reality is something else
`Fake news’ is only a scourge if we’re lazy
New report raises old questions about Swiss Army knife fighter
The national jitteriness fuels unnecessary Pentagon spending increases
Actually, the Marines’ nude-photo scandal highlights the similarities
With all those top civilians MIA, let’s set our own military priorities!
Scant public interest yields ceaseless wars to nowhere