Fred Kaplan
  • Hunkering Down

    A guide to the U.S. military’s future in Iraq

  • JFK's First-Strike Plan

    The Berlin crisis of 1961 does not loom large in the American memory, but it was an episode that brought the United States and the Soviet Union close to war—nuclear war. Newly available documents reveal that the Kennedy White House drew up detailed plans for a nuclear first strike against the Soviets, and that President Kennedy explored the first-strike option seriously