Nick Turse
  • Programs: The Investigative Fund, Prizes, TomDispatch

    Nick Turse is a fellow at The Nation Institute, an investigative reporter, the managing editor of The Nation Institute's TomDispatch and the co-founder of Dispatch Books. He is the author, most recently, of Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa as well as the New York Times bestseller Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, which received a 2014 American Book Award. Turse was the recipient of a Ridenhour Prize at the National Press Club in April 2009 for his years-long investigation of mass civilian slaughter by US troops in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, in 1968-1969, during Operation Speedy Express.

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Featured Work
  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, Blowback Central
  •  Recent history indicates that as U.S. “stability” operations in Africa have increased, militancy has spread, insurgent groups have proliferated, allies have faltered or committed abuses, terrorism has increased, the number of failed states has risen, and the continent has become more unsettled...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, A Rape in Wartime
  • The truth is, you actually can know a lot about war without fighting in one.  It just isn’t the sort of knowledge that’s easy to come by...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, Chuck Hagel and Murder in Vietnam
  • On one subject Senator Chuck Hagel's Vietnam experience shows him in a lesser light: sensitivity to the plight of the men and women who live in America's war zones. Unfortunately, no one will ask him about that in favor of the usual political theater. 

  • Kill Anything That Moves
  • A startling history of the American war on Vietnamese civilians based on classified documents and first-person interviews.

  • The Secret Building Boom of the Obama Years
  • The Pentagon awarded $667.2 million in contracts in 2012, and more than $1 billion during Barack Obama’s first term in office for construction projects in largely autocratic Middle Eastern nations...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon's Bases of Confusion
  • Afghanistan may turn out to be one of the great misbegotten “stimulus packages” of the modern era, a construction boom in the middle of nowhere with materials largely shipped in at enormous expense to no lasting purpose whatsoever...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, America's Shadow Wars in Africa
  • They call it the New Spice Route, an homage to the medieval trade network that connected Europe, Africa, and Asia, even if today’s “spice road” has nothing to do with cinnamon, cloves, or silks...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, Memory Failure at the Pentagon
  • Here’s the “lede” that should have run in every newspaper in America: More than 40 years after the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan, even after reviving counterinsurgency doctrine (only to see it crash-and-burn in short order), the U.S. military still doesn’t get it...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, Prisons, Drones, and Black Ops in Afghanistan
  • Despite all the talk of drawdowns and withdrawals, there has been a years-long building boom in Afghanistan that shows little sign of abating.  In early 2010, the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had nearly 400 bases in Afghanistan.  Today, Lieutenant Lauren Rago of ISAF public affairs tells TomDispatch, the number tops 450...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, Drone Disasters
  • American fighter jets screamed over the Iraqi countryside heading for the MQ-1 Predator drone, while its crew in California stood by helplessly...

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