National Security Analyst
Year Started At POGO: 2017
Thompson has been covering US national security for four decades, including the past 22 years as Senior Correspondent 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.
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
In his inaugural column, Mark Thompson, national security analyst for the CDI Straus Military Reform Project, talks about covering the military. "Scant public interest yields ceaseless wars to nowhere."