William M. Arkin

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This article is part of the Center for Media & Democracy's focus on the fallout of nuclear "spin."

William M. Arkin (warkin@igc.org), a former Army intelligence analyst and consultant, has written extensively about military affairs, including several books on the topic. He writes for the Washington Post on national security matters and is a long time columnist for "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists" [1]. Arkin is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic Education at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University [2]. He wrote a bi-weekly column called Dot Mil [3] for the Washington Post on military and national security matters until January 6, 2003. His current weekly column is called The Early Warning [4].

Arkin serves as a consultant to a number of non-profit and academic organizations on military and Internet matters, and is a news contributor and consultant to MSNBC, MSNBC.com, NBC News, Defense Daily, and Stars and Stripes Omnimedia [5]. He has conducted Internet research training for news media organizations, the U.S. military, and private organizations and foundations.

"On behalf of the National Security Archive, Arkin began work in 1994 to update his 1981 Research Guide to Current Military and Strategic Affairs to take into account the new reality of research in the electronic age. The product from this project was The US Military Online: A Directory for Internet Access to the Department of Defense [6]. He also developed an expert nuclear homepage for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to accompany his April 1997 monograph The Internet and the Bomb: A Research Guide to Policy and Information about Nuclear Weapons [7]. The first edition of The Internet and Strategic Studies [8] was published by the Center for Strategic Education at Johns Hopkins University in June 1998.

"Arkin is author and coauthor of nine other books on military matters. His articles have appeared in publications as diverse as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Nation as well as military and academic journals such as Airpower Journal, Army, Marine Corps Gazette, and Washington Quarterly. He was an Army intelligence analyst from 1974-1978. He lives in rural South Pomfret, Vermont".

"Arkin started his career as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst and has since worked in a variety of non-governmental organizations on arms control and military affairs, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he worked on nuclear issues throughout the 1980's and 1990's; Greenpeace International, where he was the director of military research; and Human Rights Watch, where he was senior military advisor until 2003. He has been a columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and the Los Angeles Times and is author of a dozen books, most recently "Code Names: Deciphering U.S. Military Plans, Programs and Operations in the 9/11 World" and "Operation Iraqi Freedom: 22 Historic Days in Words and Pictures." While at the Carr Center, he will be completing a monograph "Why Civilians Die" based upon a comprehensive database of military conflicts in the precision era and will be completing his chapter for Sarah Sewall's upcoming edited volume, "In Search of the Perfect War," analyzing the civilian effects of collateral damage in recent U.S. wars." [9]

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