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, Mapping America's Shadowy Drone Wars
  • Despite frequent news reports on the drone assassination campaign launched in support of America’s ever-widening undeclared wars and a spate of stories on drone bases in Africa and the Middle East, most of America's drone facilities have remained unnoted, uncounted, and remarkably anonymous -- until now.

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, How Washington Creates Global Instability
  • It’s a story that should take your breath away: the destabilization of what, in the Bush years, used to be called “the arc of instability.”  It involves at least 97 countries, across the bulk of the global south, much of it coinciding with the oil heartlands of the planet...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, Uncovering the Military's Secret Military
  • Somewhere on this planet an American commando is carrying out a mission.  Now, say that 70 times and you’re done... for the day.  Without the knowledge of the American public, a secret force within the U.S. military is undertaking operations in a majority of the world’s countries.  This new Pentagon power elite is waging a global war whose size and scope has never been revealed, until now...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, How to Arm a Dictator
  • Since the beginning of 2011, under a program run by the U.S. Department of Defense, the United States has overseen the delivery of several new Bell UH-1Hs, or “Huey II” helicopters, current models of the iconic Huey that served as America’s primary gunship and troop transport during the Vietnam War.  Although these helicopters are only the latest additions to a sizeable arsenal that the Pentagon has provided to Yemen in recent years, they call attention to how U.S. weapons and assistance support regimes actively suppressing democratic uprisings across the Middle East...

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  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon and Murder in Bahrain
  • The men walking down the street looked ordinary enough.  Ordinary, at least, for these days of tumult and protest in the Middle East.  They wore sneakers and jeans and long-sleeved T-shirts.  Some waved the national flag.  Many held their hands up high.  Some flashed peace signs...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, Making Mahem (It's Spelled Correctly!)
  • In the future, the power of magnetism will be harnessed to make today’s high explosives seem feeble, “guided bullets” will put the current crop of snipers to shame, and new multi-purpose missiles will strike targets in a flash from high-flying drones.  At least, that’s part of the Pentagon’s battlefield vision of tomorrow’s tomorrow...

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, The Pentagon's Planet of Bases
  • The United States has 460 bases overseas!  It has 507 permanent bases!  What is the U.S doing with more than 560 foreign bases?  Why does it have 662 bases abroad?  Does the United States really have more than 1,000 military bases across the globe?

  • Empire of Bases 2.0
  • The government has literally lost count of the number of US military bases abroad. But it must tally and then radically downsize.

  • Tomgram: Nick Turse, Off-Base America
  • The construction projects are sprouting like mushrooms: walled complexes, high-strength weapons vaults, and underground bunkers with command and control capacities -- and they're being planned and funded by a military force intent on embedding itself ever more deeply in the Middle East...

  • Making War By the Book
  • Unlike with the Vietnam war, few antiwar books are being published today. But there's no shortage of books dedicated to waging the seemingly endless American war in Afghanistan better.

  • A My Lai a Month
  • A multiyear investigation into Operation Speedy Express uncovers a pattern of civilian slaughter by the U.S. military during Vietnam whose carnage dwarfs My Lai.

  • A My Lai a Month
  • A multiyear investigation into Operation Speedy Express uncovers a pattern of civilian slaughter by the US military during Vietnam whose carnage dwarfs My Lai.

  • The Vietnam Exposé That Wasn't
  • A 1972 Newsweek article could have exposed US killing of Vietnamese civilians on a massive scale — but editors there excised much of the reporting, fearing to antagonize President Nixon.

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