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

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 10.02.2015 | 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.

The Moral Rabbit Hole

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The New York Times reported last week that U.S. soldiers still fighting the war in Afghanistan -- 14 years on -- are under orders to be "culturally sensitive" regarding different attitudes among our Afghan allies about, uh . . . the sexual abuse of children.

Military Backs Keeping U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Beyond 2016

AP | Chloe Angyal | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a potential major shift in policy, U.S. military commanders want to keep at least a few thousand American troops in Afghan...

U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed in 135 Nations

Nick Turse | Posted 09.24.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

America's most elite troops -- Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs, among others -- and odds are, if you throw a dart at a world map or stop a spinning globe with your index finger and don't hit water, they've been there sometime in 2015.

"Boots on the Ground" -- Easy for you to Say!

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

Words matter. Talking about "boots on the ground" distances sitting politicians from the reality of their decisions -- from who is actually wearing those boots. It sounds tough. "I'll put boots on the ground!" presidential candidates often boast, as if this qualifies them to be commander-in-chief.

14 Years After 9/11 - Are We Safer?

Sahar Aziz | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Sahar Aziz

Instead of focusing on the root causes of terrorism, we've responded to violence with more violence. Thus, it is long overdue for us to shift from a military-driven counterterrorism strategy to one focused on human development that starves the terrorists of the chaos they thrive on.

Afghan Army Now Ready ... to Lose to the Taliban

Charles Knight | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Charles Knight

One need not be prophetic to sense a bad outcome for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Almost nothing has gone by plan since the Bush administration joined forces with the Northern Alliance in 2001 to kick the Taliban out of Kabul and into the tribal territories of Pakistan.

Not Noticing American Bases

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Is it that a genuine acknowledgement of the existence of a vast network of global garrisons would lead to uncomfortable conclusions about the imperial nature of this country? I'm not sure myself. That they remain largely surrounded by an accepted and acceptable silence, however, continues to be an American reality.

How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All

David Vine | Posted 09.13.2015 | Politics
David Vine

With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops still encircle the globe.

September 11: A Time for Reflection

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 09.11.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

On September 11 I will arise remembering those with whom I served, those first responders in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC, and the victims of that terrible day in our nation's history. I invite you to do the same.

Afghanistan: The Ring Road May Now Be Paved, But Where Does It Lead?

The GroundTruth Project | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
The GroundTruth Project

Passport applications have increased exponentially and those who are unable to get visas take the long route through Iran, walking across the border into Turkey, and from there paying smugglers to get them to Europe.

Four Responses to Military Failure in Washington

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In an era when there has been failure aplenty for the U.S. military, disappointing results have become the new norm across the Greater Middle East and Africa, which undoubtedly breeds frustration in Washington.

Problem Partners, Ugly Outcomes

Nick Turse | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

Since 9/11, Africa has increasingly been viewed by the Pentagon as a place of problems to be remedied by military means. And year after year, as terror groups have multiplied, proxies have foundered, and allies have disappointed, the U.S. has doubled down again and again.

The Power of Conscience: The US Military and the Myth that Humanity is Predisposed to Violence

Beverly Bell | Posted 09.10.2015 | Health News
Beverly Bell

It is the same love for humanity and desire to serve that causes soldiers to experience deep trauma once their conscience processes the results of what they've done, the deaths and the pain they've been a part of. Military training dulls the conscience, but not forever.

Why Hoopla Is Unlikely for the 50th of SEALAB II

Ben Hellwarth | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Ben Hellwarth

Fifty years ago, some historic stuff was happening off the coast of Southern California during a sea-floor mission that was like a corollary to the moon landing, with its own brand of small steps for man and giant leaps for mankind.

From Cotton Fields to CEO: How a Boy From the Mississippi Delta Learned How to Say It All

Carol J. Carter | Posted 08.26.2015 | Black Voices
Carol J. Carter

Life may have taken him all over the world but Taulbert still harkens back to the boy in Glen Allan, Mississippi whose life was defined by cotton season and waking at dawn to pursue his education. Though he is retired, he finds it hard to stop moving, striving and hoping for more.

You Can't Be Tougher Than These Two Women -- US Army Rangers Graduate

Carlynne McDonnell | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women
Carlynne McDonnell

What an incredible achievement! Against the backdrop of some of the anti-woman rhetoric of the campaign trail, two women are making history. This is a moment to be celebrated and cheered (albeit not completely).

Another Military Comedy of Errors

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The U.S. remains the greatest military power on the planet, but what does that even mean, given the last nearly 14 years of woeful performance, mishaps, defeats, disappointments, and endless war?

70 Years of Military Mediocrity

William J. Astore | Posted 08.18.2015 | Politics
William J. Astore

Two centuries ago, Thomas Jefferson's points were plain and clear: While this country desired peace, it had to be prepared to wage war; and yet the more it avoided resorting to raw military power, the more it would prosper. Have America's military officers learned these lessons?

We Are Your Constituents; the Lobbyists Are Not

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 08.17.2015 | New York
Rev. Al Sharpton

If you've turned on your television lately, you've likely seen an ad or two blasting the historic Iran nuclear deal. The reality is, millions are being spent in a lobbying effort to destroy an agreement that has been reached after extensive negotiating and diplomacy between world powers and Iran.

U.S. Military Helicopter Crashes In Waters Off Okinawa

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

  TOKYO (AP) — A U.S. Army helicopter crashed while landing on a Navy ship Wednesday off Japan's southern island of Okinawa, injuring seve...

The Bizarre North Korean Axe Murders

ADST | Posted 08.10.2015 | World

Note: Our accounts contain the personal recollections and opinions of the individual interviewed. The views expressed should not be considered officia...

The Brutal Toll of Psychologists' Role in Torture

Donna McKay | Posted 08.06.2015 | Crime
Donna McKay

Acknowledgment accompanied by justice and accountability helps restore that sense of control. But for national security detainees held by the U.S. government and its proxies, justice and accountability are being systematically denied as a matter of law.

Veteran Services Must Account for Changing Demographics

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

Veteran reintegration works best when it is local, tailored individually and holistically to meet the unique needs of each veteran. Put another way, what works for a man doesn't always work for a woman -- and vice versa.

A 225-year Legacy of Service

Adm. Paul Zukunft | Posted 08.04.2015 | DC
Adm. Paul Zukunft

On this 225th birthday, as we celebrate all America's Coast Guard has accomplished, we remain rooted to our oath; an oath of selfless service, underwritten by the courage of our forbearers and worthy of the public trust.