Alicia Patterson


I am elated to report that I was selected as a 2014 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow to write     about my favorite topic: the military. The foundation is one of the most prestigious in the journalism industry and selects a handful of fellows every year who will produce independent in-depth reporting on international and domestic affairs.

The application process is a rigorous one. It includes a lengthy application that wouldn’t be out of place for a graduate school, and a three-person judging panel that grills finalists on their applications and credentials. I made it through and am now a recipient of the foundation’s backing and a generous grant to write about the future of American warfare after the Iraq war and the departure of troops from Afghanistan. I couldn’t be more thrilled.