Christopher Brownfield is former nuclear submarine officer, an Iraq war veteran and the author of My Nuclear Family.

After McChrystal's botched interview, Defense Department workers now need Pentagon clearance before talking to the media. Christopher Brownfield on how a fearful military undermines democracy.

The president asked the oil companies for their advice instead of ordering them to stop the spill. Christopher Brownfield on what Obama could learn from Bush and Putin about forceful decisions.

Rushing to ban offshore drilling after the Gulf spill only pushes oil companies to move to countries with lax environmental laws. Instead, the White House should punish the culprit for this ecological Chernobyl.

On Monday, the Interior Department's top offshore drilling regulator announced he will be stepping down, after criticisms of his cozy relationship with industry officials. The White House will also be creating an independent panel to investigate the spill.