PTSDrone

Who doesn’t know that post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a growing problem among troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan? I’ve written about the toll combat stress has taken on women warriors back from the post-9/11 wars and how what was once known as “shell shock” still haunts World War II veterans.

But today I went on HuffPost Live with host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin to talk about a new kind of combat stress: the toll on U.S.-based crews who remotely control drones thousands of miles away from the physical battlefield. They may get to go home to their families at night but the stress on these airmen is just as serious.

Read about the segment here and see what others are saying here.

And be sure to check out my perspective as a reporter who went to Utah to interview the surviving crew of the Enola Gay, the B-29 bomber that dropped the atom bomb on Hiroshima, and more recently to Colorado to talk to the next generation of drone pilots at the Air Force Academy.

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A Secret Drone War in Africa

A Secret Drone War in Africa

My debut on HuffPost Live during its first week online. That’s host Ahmed Shibab-Eldin introducing the segment focusing on the shadowy American drone campaign in Somalia.

Spying From A “Balloon”

Spying From A “Balloon”

Surveillance balloons like those used in Iraq and Afghanistan may soon help patrol our borders. The technology could be effective but at what cost to our privacy?

That was the topic of a recent HuffPost Live segment that I did from the New York studio with host Ahmed Shihab-Eldin and guests. Watch it here:

Explore more and hear what members of the HuffPost Live community had to see here.

Bringing Torture Back?

With drone strikes and the killing of Osama bin Laden, President Obama may have proved “enhanced interrogation techniques” are unnecessary to collect actionable intelligence. So why has Mitt Romney said he would revive torture if he were elected president?

That’s the topic of my latest @HuffPost segment. Hear what I and others have to say about it in this discussion hosted by my colleague Mike Sacks:

And to read more about the topic and see what others had to say, check out the entire segment here.