Janine Davidson

Defense in Depth

Janine Davidson examines the art, politics, and business of American military power.

Farewell for Now

by Janine Davidson Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) transits the Gulf of Aden on October 23, 2014. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Abe McNatt/U.S. Navy Flickr)

On March 17, I was confirmed by the United States Senate to become the thirty-second under secretary of the Navy. It is an honor to be chosen to help guide the Navy through challenging times ahead. As the daughter of a Navy Supply Corps officer of thirty-five years, it also holds deep personal meaning: the chance to join the leadership of a service that has left such a strong mark on both myself and my family. I’m grateful to President Obama and eager to get started.

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The Moral Cost of Torture

by Robert A. Newson Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Demonstrator Maboud Ebrahimzadeh is held down during a simulation of waterboarding outside the Justice Department in Washington November 5, 2007. (Kevin Lamarque/Courtesy Reuters)

By Robert Newson

When I am asked about torture or, more frequently, when I feel the need to speak out against torture, I don’t talk about the fact that it doesn’t work (it doesn’t), nor the fact that it contributes to the enemy’s narrative and recruiting (it does). Instead, I talk about its gravest cost—what it does to the Americans whom we ask to conduct torture and what it does to the character and fiber of an entire nation that embraces it.

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