Owen West

Owen West, who took two leaves-of-absence from his job Goldman Sachs where he co-heads the veterans' network. to serve with the Marines in Iraq, is the author of The Snake Eaters: An Unlikely Band of Brothers and the Battle for the Soul of Iraq. He is also the author of two novels and numerous articles about adventure sports and military affairs. His writings can be found at www.westwrite.com.

May 3 2012 6:30 AMCan the United States Build a Foreign Army?How the Snake Eaters learned to take charge.
May 1 2012 7:10 AMCan the United States Build a Foreign Army?After a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. military advisers are now the centerpiece of American military strategy. They may have the hardest job of all.
War Stories
June 2 2005 6:54 PMDismissed!We won't solve the military manpower crisis by retaining our worst soldiers.
War Stories
Nov. 18 2004 1:28 PMWhat the Marine DidThe shooting of an unarmed Iraqi was a tragedy. But was it a war crime?
War Stories
Sept. 29 2004 1:13 PMWho Really Deserves a Silver Star?The military's unfair awards system.
July 30 2004 8:56 AMWhy Would Anyone Volunteer To Be an Infantryman?
July 28 2004 12:07 PMA Ghost Is Born
July 26 2004 12:19 PMHow Does a Civilian Get to Fallujah?
May 2 2012 6:32 AMCan the United States Build a Foreign Army?Who killed Richard Blakley?
War Stories
May 23 2007 4:55 PMThe Adviser ModelWe have to stay in Iraq for a decade. Here's how to do it.
War Stories
Dec. 27 2004 6:34 PMIraq 2004 Looks Like Vietnam 1966Adjusting body counts for medical and military changes.
War Stories
Oct. 7 2004 1:17 PMA Thin Blue LineWhy Iraqi cops are struggling.
Aug. 30 2004 6:32 PMBehind Enemy LinesAnIraqi Freedom vet meets the war protestors.
July 29 2004 11:18 AMPrivate Contractors Aren't the Answer to the Army's Problems
July 27 2004 4:18 PMTurn Off the TV and Fight


Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case

Even When They Go to College, the Poor Sometimes Stay Poor

Here’s Just How Far a Southern Woman May Have to Drive to Get an Abortion

The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented

Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy

It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?


Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada

Space: The Next Generation

An All-Female Mission to Mars

As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.

Watching Netflix in Bed. Hanging Bananas. Is There Anything These Hooks Can’t Solve?

The Procedural Rule That Could Prevent Gay Marriage From Reaching SCOTUS Again

  News & Politics
Oct. 20 2014 3:53 PM Smash and Grab Will competitive Senate contests in Kansas and South Dakota lead to more late-breaking races in future elections?
Oct. 20 2014 5:39 PM Whole Foods Desperately Wants Customers to Feel Warm and Fuzzy Again
Oct. 20 2014 3:16 PM The Catholic Church Is Changing, and Celibate Gays Are Leading the Way
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 20 2014 1:10 PM Women Are Still Losing Jobs for Getting Pregnant
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 20 2014 7:15 AM The Slate Doctor Who Podcast: Episode 9 A spoiler-filled discussion of "Flatline."
Brow Beat
Oct. 20 2014 5:03 PM Marcel the Shell Is Back and as Endearing as Ever
Future Tense
Oct. 20 2014 4:59 PM Canadian Town Cancels Outdoor Halloween Because Polar Bears
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Oct. 20 2014 11:46 AM Is Anybody Watching My Do-Gooding? The difference between being a hero and being an altruist.
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.