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Former Contractor Sentenced After Making CD Labeled “My Secret TACMO Stuff”

Tom McCuin / Jun 15, 2018

If something should go without saying, I’ve learned, it’s probably a good idea to say it a few more times. Things like, “when you have access to nuclear secrets, do not make copies of the information and store them at home, even if you aren’t actually planning on ever giving them to people who shouldn’t have them.”

The Definition of a Military Exercise and Why It Matters in North Korea

Tom McCuin / Jun 14, 2018

As much as we’d like it to be true, Mark Twain never said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” Similarly, Isaac Asimov may or may not have said, “People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those […]

North Korea Summit an Example of Realpolitik in Action

Tom McCuin / Jun 13, 2018

“The true test of a statesman, then, is his ability to recognize the real relationship of forces and to make this knowledge serve his ends.” In his dealings with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Trump is practicing genuine realpolitik.

Korean Translators Play Pivotal Role in Understanding of Korean Summit

Tom McCuin / Jun 12, 2018

Needless to say, “holding onto our ankles” and “the past worked as fetters on our limbs” carry starkly different connotations. I will be interested to see how other Korean speakers translate Kim’s words

Leak of the Week: Senate Security Staffer Sneaks Secrets to Sweetheart

Tom McCuin / Jun 11, 2018

A senior Senate Intelligence Committee staffer is alleged to have leaked classified information to his 20-year-old girlfriend and then lied to the FBI about it.