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To Keep Pace With Peacekeeping, US Must Show Leadership

Peter Yeo | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Peter Yeo

With growing strains on our allies' resources, such as the refugee crisis that has recently deluged borders, how can the U.S. ensure such a call will not fall on deaf -- or at least distracted -- ears, no matter how urgent?

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

New Details On Wasteful $36 Million Army Facility In Afghanistan Could Threaten Joint Chiefs Nomination | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A congressional watchdog on Wednesday provided new details on a $36 million facility in Afghanistan that was regarded as unnecessary by ...

Obama Chooses Marine General As New Joint Chiefs Chairman

Reuters | Roberta Rampton | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 4 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday will nominate Marine General Joseph Dunford as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs o...

Should General Dempsey Resign?

David Wood | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
David Wood

If Dempsey, a soldier with a long and distinguished career, cannot in good conscience preside over a military campaign he feels will be ultimately doomed, should he quietly (or noisily) resign?

Yes, Somebody's Boots on the Ground Will Be Needed

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As the president outlined on September 10, an instrumental component of the anti-ISIL counterterrorism policy is the train-and-advisery mission that the U.S. and its Arab partners will set up in Saudi Arabia for the moderate Syrians.

Kate Sheppard

Gates Says U.S. Will Need Some Boots On The Ground To Defeat Islamic State In Iraq | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said Sunday that it is unlikely the United States can accomplish the goals President Barack Oba...

LinkedIn: The Magical Pathway to Success

John Blumenthal | Posted 08.24.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

I must say LinkedIn exceeded all my expectations. What an amazing site! It makes you wonder why there is any unemployment in this country. I haven't accepted any of the 200 offers I've received yet, but I'm confident a perfect one will come along soon.

Welcome to Vietnam: Fallujah, Iraq and the Pentagon

Hal Donahue | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Hal Donahue

When the drums start beating next time, remember the pain and cost of war. Our duty, as veterans, is to focus citizen's attention on the high price for what is done in their name.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Presses Congress To Act On Defense Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is pressuring Congress to act this year on a defense policy bill. Army Gen. Martin Demp...

Ready for What? -- Joint Chiefs Miss the Point on Pentagon Reform

William Hartung | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

Before we let exaggerated cries of a readiness crisis scare us into letting the Pentagon off the hook on further budget cuts, we need to think harder about what we want our armed forces to be ready to do.

Study: Pentagon Could Cuts Thousands Of Employees

AP | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Four former members of the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff say the military could shed 60,000 more troops than planned and 50,000 ...

Dempsey Approved For Another Term

AP | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved the nomination of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey for another two-year term as chairman of the...

Obama Nominee Faces Intense Pressure From McCain, Others

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Two senior senators pressed Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for his assessment about the use of U.S...

Retired Pentagon General Target Of Leak Investigation

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is under investigation for allegedly leaking classified information about a cov...

Obama Taps Dempsey Again As Joint Chiefs Chair

AP | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he's re-enlisting Gen. Martin Dempsey for another term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The p...

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

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Alexander Nicholson

The insufficiency of this catch phrase as justification for opposing policy changes on issues of critical importance to our nation sound eerily familiar to those of us involved in previous efforts to change military policies.

Ruthless Handling of Military Sexual Assault? Look to Our Allies

Donna McAleer | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Donna McAleer

The Pentagon itself estimates that more than 26,000 incidents of sexual assault actually occurred in 2012, not the 3,374 officially reported. So what happens next?

It's Time to Smash the Brass Ceiling

Cynthia Dill | Posted 03.31.2013 | Women
Cynthia Dill

When women are by law declared unfit to carry out essential functions of the armed services because of their gender, they are not treated equally. The official policy that legalizes discrimination creates an automatic power imbalance, with only men at the top.

U.S. military admits major war mistakes

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By R. Jeffrey SmithiWatch NewsWhen President Obama announced in Aug. 2010 the end of U.S. combat operations in Iraq, he complimented the soldiers wh...

A Woman Heading the Secret Service?

Lori Handrahan | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics
Lori Handrahan

It's time we appoint a woman to run the Secret Service, ending the boys-will-be-boys attitude around sexual abuse and exploitation that feeds organized crime.

My VP Pick: Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Ret. Admiral Williams Owens

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

As indicated in prior blogs and on, I'm running for president on the Americans Elect platform. (If you would like to support my...

Veterans Day in a Fractured America

William Bradley | Posted 01.12.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

After two big wars in 10 years, the country is fractured and fatigued, the economy sputtering after a near depression, with few Americans having any real experience or familiarity with the military.

Sudden Onslaught of Gov 2.0 Sometimes Breeds Fear

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 11.18.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

My solution for fear based discussions about Gov 2.0? Look around. See all the successful implementations of open data, of social connectivity for Government and Citizens alike and see the results.

Stars of a Different Kind for Gen. Petraeus

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

David Petraeus will be trading the honor of a possible fifth silver star for the solemn responsibility -- and honor -- of ensuring that the ultimate sacrifices represented by the more than 100 stars forever carved on that Memorial Wall will not have been for naught.

Senate Confirms Army General To Head Joint Chiefs Of Staff

AP | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Tuesday to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey to be the next chairman of the Joint...