Christian Sorensen is a former U.S. Air Force Arabic linguist, serving at a variety of stateside posts and a tour in Qatar.
Since leaving the military in 2011, he has worked as a novelist, military analyst, and independent journalist. His work mainly focuses on the U.S. defense industry and war profiteering. He has an MSc in Arabic translation from the University of Edinburgh – MSc, MA in International Relations from Salve Regina University, and a BA Public & Private Sector Organizations from Brown University. His recently published book is Understanding the War Industry (Clarity Press, 2020).
Areas of Expertise
Military-Industrial-Complex history and operations
Defense Industry Contracting policies and practice
Foreign and Regional Arms Sales markets and practices
Greater Middle East policy and culture
- Matthew Hoh: What critics of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan get wrongWhen President Joe Biden announced that US forces will leave Afghanistan by September 11 2021, the objections and remonstrations were swift. As retired Marine combat veteran Matthew Hoh writes in CNN, “these protests are nearly all disingenuous, false and specious, and meant to utilize fear to continue a tragic and purposeless war.”
- Christian Sorenson: The ridiculous amount of money we spend on the US military is actually making our country less safeImagine you’re President Joe Biden. You need $2 trillion dollars to fund one of your stated priorities – infrastructure. You learn of a war plane, the F-35 Lightning II, that would cost as much as $1.7 trillion to buy, field and maintain over the next 50 years. It’s $200 billion over budget, and more than ten years behind schedule. What do you do?
- How American Politics Got Troops Stuck—and Killed—in AfghanistanFor retired combat officer Erik Edstrom, it took less than two months to realize that America’s war in Afghanistan was a complete disaster.