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Pentagon Now Out Front on Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 11:35 AM

The Department of Defense (DOD) has at last made an announcement about its roll-out of benefits for married same-sex service members. This development follows the June Supreme Court ruling that struck down section three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The Court ruling and the DOD announcement mean that...

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Capturing Egypt's Revolutionary Graffiti

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 6:15 PM

Egypt has now had two revolutions in two and a half years, and those events have left much more than just immense change and uncertainty in their wake. They have also left much of Egypt blanketed in some of the most intriguing, insightful, and inspiring political graffiti in the world....

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The 'Good Order and Discipline' Auto-Block in Making Military Policy

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 5:57 PM

Good order and discipline have been the refrain of the military service chiefs over the past few weeks as our most senior uniformed leaders testified strongly against proposals to allow professional military prosecutors to make prosecutorial decisions on serious offenses committed within the ranks.

But the insufficiency of this...

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Egypt & Syria: The Tie That Binds No More

(4) Comments | Posted June 16, 2013 | 5:22 PM

Over the weekend, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi announced that he was cutting all ties with Syria, to include unilaterally ending the long-maintained diplomatic relationship between the two Arab countries and closing Egypt's embassy in Damascus.

This drastic step by one of the Arab region's most populous and...

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Doing Right by Veterans With College Tuition Fairness

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 4:34 PM

The United States has one of the most well educated and education-minded fighting forces ever. Many new recruits come into the force -- both the enlisted and officer ranks -- already with college degrees, and most have ambitions to continue their education both during and after military service. Needless to...

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The End of DADT Was Not the End of Discrimination in the Military

(17) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 11:55 AM

It has been a full year since the official end of "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT), and all the catastrophic predictions of those opposed to honest service by gays and lesbians have failed to materialize. Troops now serve our nation openly and proudly, without fear of losing their jobs simply...

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Take "The Troops" off the Table in the Budget Battles

(6) Comments | Posted April 12, 2011 | 10:02 AM

The political drama over a possible government shutdown last week caused quite a lot of anxiety among service members and their families because of the likely delay such a shutdown would case in their receiving their bi-weekly paychecks. The fact that this was even an issue is an embarrassing stain...

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Will the White House Snub Gay Troops, Vets With Black-Tie Blow-Off?

(14) Comments | Posted October 9, 2010 | 12:17 PM

Tonight, White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett will deliver remarks to the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. While the Human Rights Campaign does not speak for or represent the gay military community, Jarrett will no doubt deliver assurances to the gathered crowd that President Obama...

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Obama and Gates Fail the Fehrenbach Test

(41) Comments | Posted August 12, 2010 | 12:28 PM

Back on Feb. 2 when Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about their views on the state of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and their plans to study how to successfully implement a repeal of that law, Secretary Gates...

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The LGBT Community's Raised Consciousness on DADT

(13) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 12:03 PM

If one thing was evident from the recent series of protest actions over "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), it was that the Obama administration appears to be sufficiently flustered. Many have opined that the President was simply annoyed at being repeatedly interrupted at the Los Angeles fundraiser for Senator Barbara...

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A Plan for DADT Repeal in 2010

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 9:56 PM

Last week, Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen and Defense Secretary Bob Gates appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee and announced that they now support the President's stance on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) law - namely, that it should finally be repealed. Secretary Gates reinforced the Pentagon's new...

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A Call to Arms: The Real Battle Over DADT Begins

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 9:39 AM

Last night, President Obama gave the strongest signal yet that he is serious about seeing the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law repealed -- and soon. In his first State of the Union address, amid a highly charged political environment, the President declared his intention this year to "work with Congress...

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