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Scary Scrum of Candidates

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

With all the real scares at home and abroad, it is strange that we take such pleasure in imaginary ones. Several Republican presidential candidates, for example, appear to suffer from demonic possession.

Top ISIS Leader In Syria Killed In U.S. Raid

Reuters | Will Dunham and Tom Perry | Posted 05.16.2015 | World

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT, May 16 (Reuters) - U.S special forces killed a man identified as a senior Islamic State leader during a raid into Syria, U.S. offic...

The 4 Things an Air Force Special Ops Pararescueman Taught Me

Sethly Davis | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Sethly Davis

What I learned from Josh the former Pararescueman is that the way to manage fear is to plan for what to do if and when something does go wrong. People are fearful when they are uncertain about what they are facing and about what they can do. Josh taught us how to figure out what had happened, and he taught us what was in our scope of practice to do.

Missing What's Being Built Right Before Our Eyes

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.22.2015 | Media
Tom Engelhardt

From the point of view of the U.S. military and the national security state, the period from September 12, 2001 to late last night could be summed up in a single word: more. What Washington funded with your tax dollars was a bacchanalia of expansion.

Beyond The Monuments Men

Christopher Holshek | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The challenge is not the wars we must fight as much as the peace that we have to build in order not to fight them anymore or in the first place.

America’s Secret War in 134 Countries

Nick Turse | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

The Obama presidency has seen the U.S. military's elite tactical forces increasingly used in an attempt to achieve strategic goals. But with Special Operations missions kept under tight wraps, Americans have little understanding of where their troops are deployed, what exactly they are doing, or what the consequences might be down the road.

Slicing Up the World Like a Pie

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The ambitiousness of the creeping decision to bring every inch of the planet under the watchful eyes of U.S. military commanders should take anyone's breath away. It's the sort of thing that once might only have been imaginable in movies where some truly malign and evil force planned to "conquer the world" and dominate Planet Earth for an eternity.

Would Women Bring 'Drama' To Special Ops?

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.19.2013 | Women

On the heels of last month's exciting news that the U.S. military's elite forces may finally admit women come some concerns -- not about women's abili...

A Huge Step For Women In The Military

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.18.2013 | Women

Thirty-three years after the first women graduated from West Point and almost a full year since the introduction of body-specific armor for female sol...

U.S. To Rely On Special Forces In Afghanistan As Combat Winds Down

The New York Times | Posted 02.04.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — The United States’ plan to wind down its combat role in Afghanistan a year earlier than expected relies on shifting responsibility to...

Call Of Duty: Do Zombies Pwn Special Ops?

Posted 01.08.2012 | Home

Who's excited about Modern Warfare 3's release? Between the above trailer featuring veteran and noobs Sam Worthington and Jonah Hill, and the 6,000 co...

A Secret War in 120 Countries

Nick Turse | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Nick Turse

While it's well known that U.S. Special Operations forces are deployed in the war zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, the full extent of their worldwide war has remained deeply in the shadows.

How to Turn Off WikiLeaks

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keith Thomson

How do we turn WikiLeaks off? As one of my intelligence community sources says, we need to eliminate MICE. By that he means Money, Ideology, Compromise, Ego, the common denominators of all leaks. In other words, leaks will persist as long as human nature does. A counter to the above carrots may be a swift and public stick so that potential leakers think twice, or a hundred times about interfering with military operations.

Chertoff Suggests Special Ops Takeout Cyber-Attacking Servers?

Josh Rushing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Rushing

Did Michael Chertoff, former director of Homeland Security, seriously suggest the possibility of responding with special forces to takeout the servers...

McChrystal Choice Suggests Special Ops Strikes Will Continue

Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gareth Porter | Inter Press Service WASHINGTON, May 12 (IPS) - The choice of Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal to become the new U.S. commander in Afghanis...

Publish Your Presidential Election Coverage Through HuffPost's OffTheBus

Marc Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marc Cooper

As Campaign '08 comes to a close, are you as frustrated and often outraged as we are about the blizzard of totally predictable media bloviating that seems to blanket us 24/7? Then help fight back by enlisting in the growing army of HuffPost's OffTheBus citizen reporters.

The Patron Saint For Missing Kids

Diane Dimond | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Diane Dimond

Bazzel Baz is a former CIA agent who takes on the most impossible cases. And he doesn't charge the heartsick family of the missing a penny.

OTB Swing-Voter Survey

John Tomasic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John Tomasic

This past month, before the Democratic National Convention, OffTheBus community members conducted interviews with swing voters -- and people they thou...