The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is pleased to welcome award-winning journalist Mark Thompson to as POGO National Security Analyst. Mark is launching a weekly column, the Military Industrial Circus, whose inaugural post is titled, What I’ve learned covering the military for 40 years: Scant public interest yields ceaseless wars to nowhere.
Thompson has been covering US national security for four decades, including the past 22 years as Senior Correspondent at TIME Magazine.
“I’ve been writing about national security since 1979 and working with POGO for nearly just as long. When it comes to military matters, the only ax POGO has ever ground is to give troops and taxpayers a sharper fighting force. I’m glad to enlist in that battle,” he said.
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.