Improvised explosive devices have been the single deadliest weapon used against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Pentagon has spent $17 billion trying to develop a ‘silver bullet’ device to end the scourge of roadside bombs. Has it worked, and how has all that money been spent?
VII photographer Erin Trieb follows one American soldier, Adam Ramsey, on his journey home as he battles Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression, suicidal thoughts and recovery.
At the highest levels, debate on the U.S. war in Afghanistan lacks clarity and focus, argues Joshua Foust.
A U.S. military task force aimed at developing Iraq’s economy has made some big strides, like computerizing the Iraqi banking sector, but Joshua Foust asks, how much has it really accomplished?
Jon Meacham reflects on why war feels distant to so many Americans — and why the burden of military sacrifice weighs heavily on so few.
Pulling out of Afghanistan will save the U.S. government money, but it could have a host of negative economic effects, both there and at home, writes Joshua Foust.
Osama bin Laden is dead, but during the 10 years since he masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks, he has cost the United States billions. Need to Know looks at the economic toll bin Laden exacted on the U.S.