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Combat veterans are coming home to a nation exhausted by 13 years of war, and plans call for reducing the size of the Army. There may be agreement that the nature of warfare is changing—but there’s heated debate over how to maintain security and keep US troops prepared. Will arming and training the soldiers of other countries make the world safer or backfire as it has in Iraq? Will extended reliance on private contractors make military action immune to accountability in a democracy?

Plus, a Congressional subcommittee grills the CDC on Ebola, and the “law of the jungle” works both ways in Ecuador’s Amazonian rainforest.

Banner Image: Troops First brought out five wounded warriors to Regional Command-East as a part of Operation Proper Exit at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, July 9-11, 2014. The five-member team sustained injuries through Afghanistan or Iraq.; Credit: The U.S. Army

House Grills CDC on Ebola Control 6 MIN, 30 SEC

School superintendents in Texas and Ohio have closed schools after reports that students were on the same plane as a nurse diagnosed with Ebola. Meantime, a Congressional sub committee grilled health officials in Washington, including Thomas Frieden, Director of the Center’s for Disease Control.

Ian Swanson is Managing Editor of The Hill, a publication that monitors Congress.

Ian Swanson, The Hill (@iswanTheHill)

What's Next for the US Army? 35 MIN, 5 SEC

After 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, plans call for reducing the size of the US Army. But, even though the days of soldiers massed on sprawling battlefields are long over, retiring Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno, says he’s worried about the future.

Julian Barnes, Wall Street Journal (@julianbarnes)
David Barno, Center for a New American Security (@DWBarno76)
Gordon Adams, American University / Foreign Policy magazine (@Gadams1941)
Ann Hagedorn, author, 'The Invisible Soldiers'

Paul Barrett on "Law of the Jungle" 8 MIN, 21 SEC

A court in Ecuador awarded indigenous farmers in the Amazonian rainforest $19 billion for the environmental destruction created by American oil companies. But then the oil companies discovered dirty work on behalf of the lawyer who argued the case.

Steven Donziger was a classmate of President Obama at Harvard Law School who went to Equador to pursue a case of environmental injustice. Now he’s being sued by the same oil companies found guilty by Ecuadorian courts. Paul Barrett is a senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek. He’s written about Steven Donzigger’s ups and downs in a new book called, Law of the Jungle: The $19 Billion Battle Over Oil in the Rain Forest and the Lawyer Who'd Stop at Nothing to Win.

Paul Barrett, New York University (@AuthorPMBarrett)

Law of the Jungle

Paul M. Barrett

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