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In Historic Move, Pentagon Lifts Ban On Transgender Troops

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is lifting its ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. armed forces, effective immediately, Defense Secretary Ash Car...

A Critical Look at Obama Foreign Policy

Zachary Marcone | Posted 06.10.2016 | Politics
Zachary Marcone

In a word Obama foreign policy has been adequate. His victories have been equally matched by his failures. His policy has neither substantially forwar...

SCO's Artificial Intelligence Capabilities Are the Future of War

Eoin Higgins | Posted 03.22.2016 | Technology
Eoin Higgins

The Department of Defense announced in early February, in an address to the Economic Club of Washington by Defense Scretary Ashton Carter, that its St...

U.S. to Spend More on Europe's Defense: Let the Europeans Pay Instead

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The U.S. plans on filling Eastern Europe with thousands of troops along with vehicles and weapons to equip an armored combat brigade. Uncle Sam may be bankrupt, but nothing is too expensive for our pampered European allies, who enjoy greater wealth while spending far less on the military.

Terrorism in Paris: Why Do Western Governments Believe They Can Wage War Without Cost?

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.02.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Western governments that loose the dogs of war should stop assuming that their own people will not be bitten. Being a liberal democracy does not turn bombing and killing into an act of immaculate conception. Instead of pretending that their nations enjoy immunity from the inevitable horrors of war, Western officials should make the case to their people that the likely costs are worth the benefits. In this case that includes the possibility, perhaps likelihood, of terrorist attacks at home. There are no certainties even for America, which has done surprisingly well since 9/11. Which brings up the obvious question, why are the U.S. and its European allies involved "over there" -- and, in fact, currently intensifying their intervention?

Japan's Right to Renounce War

Kathy Kelly | Posted 11.22.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

On the Japanese island of Okinawa, a majority of residents aim to uphold the Japanese constitution as they vigorously protest construction of a new U.S. military base.

Time for U.S. To Retire Outdated Alliance with ROK

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.14.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

America is not at risk from North Korea or even the other Asian powers Snyder cites. Washington does not need the alliance with Seoul to deter Pyongyang. Like most of America's alliances, the U.S.-ROK treaty is entirely one-sided.

Reigniting the Cold War Under the Wings of an Angel; On Sec. Carter's Keynote Speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum

Dennis Santiago | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Dennis Santiago

This annual gathering of the leaders of national defense past and present is a one day post-graduate education on the current state of U.S. military policy.

Judge in 9/11 Case Denies Accused's Request to Fire His Lawyer

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.29.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

An Army judge at Guantanamo Bay on Thursday refused to allow one of the five defendants charged with orchestrating the 9/11 attacks to dismiss his lead lawyer, ruling the accused hadn't shown the necessary "good cause" to do so.

Chris Wallace Interviews Joe Biden

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 10.23.2015 | Media
Arnold Steinberg

This is Chris Wallace. In the wake of Joe Biden taking himself out of the race for President, I interviewed the Vice President at his official reside...

New U.S.-Russia Military Talks Seen On Syria Air Safety

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it expected to hold new talks with Russia's military on pilot safety in Syria's war as soon ...

4 Questions That Need to Be Answered Now That Russia Is Bombing in Syria

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.21.2015 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

No world leader sends at least 32 combat aircraft, a couple dozen helicopters, and up to 2,000 advisers into a foreign land in the middle of a civil war if they don't mean business.

Stalled 9/11 Case Is Another Reason to Close Guantanamo

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.13.2016 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The military commissions have once again cancelled two weeks' worth of hearings scheduled in the case of the five alleged plotters of the September 11 attacks. Although the attacks themselves took place nearly 14 years ago, the five men accused of masterminding the deadliest terror attack to ever take place on U.S. soil are still nowhere near trial.

Ending Trans Discrimination In the Military: the Rest of the Story

Barbra Siperstein | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Barbra Siperstein

On July 13, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter announced that next year, after a 6-month study, transgender Americans should be allowed to serve openly in the armed forces along with their gay and lesbian compatriots. It is a long overdue action to remove a barrier to open service for a small but significant minority.

Why Should Washington Confront Russia if Europeans Won't Protect Ukraine?

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.13.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Americans shouldn't be expected to protect their rich cousins even if the latter were devoted to protecting each other. That the Europeans expect the U.S. to do their job is yet another reason for Americans to say no more.

The U.S. and China Should Not Risk War Over a "Damn Fool Thing" in the South China Sea

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.04.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Some territorial claims are easy. Often, however, history disdains simplicity. In this case, there is a complex mix of control, historical practice, international law and treaty. In the view of most observers, Beijing's claims are extravagant. Yet, they are not unprecedented.

Jennifer Bendery

Pentagon Adds 'Sexual Orientation' To Military's Anti-Discrimination Policy

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced Tuesday that the Pentagon has added "sexual orientation" as a protected class under its Milita...

The U.S. Should Defend Global Commons, Not Naval Supremacy, in Asia

Yanmei Xie | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Yanmei Xie

BEIJING -- Washington needs to state and re-state that what it is determined to defend is the global commons, not its naval supremacy in the South China Sea. The former wins high ground in the court of international opinion. The latter may generate headlines for the grandstand wanting to see U.S.-Chinese rivalry, but it will likely result in a limited alliance and set the region down a zero-sum track.

Vietnam, U.S. Discuss Land Reclamation In South China Sea

Reuters | David Alexander | Posted 06.02.2016 | World

By David Alexander HANOI, June 1 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed his call for an end to island-building in the...

Mr. President, Get Your Team on the Same Page About Iraq and ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

To say that the capture of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Anbar Province, by ISIL over a week ago was an embarrassment to the Iraqi army would be a massive understatement.

Even The Defense Department Is Questioning Obama's ISIS Strategy

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- ISIS’ recent victory in seizing the key Iraqi city of Ramadi -- a defeat that even the State Department called a major setback in the ...

The Pentagon's Response to Ted Cruz Regarding Jade Helm 15

Jason Stanford | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Jason Stanford

If, Senator Cruz, you believe that the United States military is a political tool of its civilian leadership, you have reached a conclusion unsupported by fact, history and good sense. Even a Princeton and Harvard Law man should know the difference. Also, it makes you the rudest Canadian we've ever run across.

Congress Should Stop Playing Games With the Pentagon Budget

William Hartung | Posted 05.06.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

While the OCO shenanigans were the most egregious example of irresponsible budgeting in the HASC bill, they were far from the only one. As usual, members added funding for items that the Pentagon didn't even ask for, in order to pay for a wide array of pet projects.

Pentagon Says Global Cyber Threat Is Growing

Reuters | Phil Stewart | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics

PALO ALTO, California, April 23 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday disclosed a cyber intrusion this year by Russian hackers who accessed an un...

Rationalizing Lunacy: The Intellectual as Servant of the State

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

Policy intellectuals -- eggheads presuming to instruct the mere mortals who actually run for office -- are a blight on the republic. Like some invasive species, they infest present-day Washington, where their presence strangles common sense and has brought to the verge of extinction the simple ability to perceive reality. A benign appearance -- well-dressed types testifying before Congress, pontificating in print and on TV, or even filling key positions in the executive branch -- belies a malign impact. Do we really need that chatter? Does it enhance the quality of U.S. policy? If policy/defense/action intellectuals fell silent would America be less secure? Let me propose an experiment. Put them on furlough. Send them back to school for reeducation. Let's see if we are able to make do without them even for a month or two.