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Trump's Defense Chief Sees No Military Collaboration With Russia

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.17.2017 | World

U.S. President Donald Trump’s defense secretary on Thursday said he did not see possible military collaboration with Russia now, in a blow to Moscow...

Open Letter to President Trump: Stop Deporting Veterans and their Families

Cesar Vargas | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Cesar Vargas

According to the Department of Defense, today more than 65,000 immigrants are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces following in a long line of immigrant s...

Is President Trump Headed For A War With China?

Rajan Menon | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics
Rajan Menon

Ignore the way National Security Adviser Michael Flynn put Iran "on notice" and the new president insisted, that, when it comes to that country, "nothing is off the table." Instead, focus for a moment on something truly scary.

African-American GIs of WWII: Fighting for democracy abroad and at home

The Conversation US | Posted 02.13.2017 | Black Voices
The Conversation US

By Maria Höhn, Vassar College Until the last decade, the contributions of African-American soldiers in World War II barely registered in America's c...

UN Report: U.S. Strikes Killed At Least 18 Afghan Civilians

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 02.12.2017 | World

KABUL, Feb 12 (Reuters) - At least 18 civilians were killed last week in air strikes by international forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, an i...

Veterans In Their Own Words: What It Means To Defend Our Country Against All Enemies, Foreign And Domestic

Barbi Appelquist | Posted 02.13.2017 | Politics
Barbi Appelquist

Donald Trump has been the president of the United States of America for less than one month. As of Feb. 9, nine out of 35 nominees to top cabinet posi...

Sean Spicer Says Questioning Success Of Botched Yemen Raid Is Offensive To Dead Soldier

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics

White House press secretary Sean Spicer raised eyebrows Wednesday when he argued that anyone questioning the success of a controversial U.S. military ...

Trump Must Stop Sharing His Conspiracy Theories With Our Troops

Jim Moore | Posted 02.08.2017 | Politics
Jim Moore

When Donald Trump addressed the men and women of Southern and Central Command, and the military’s coalition partners, at MacDill Air Force Base in T...

The Crimes Of The Trump Era: A Preview

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.07.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Never in the history of the media has a single figure -- one human being -- been able to focus the "news" in this way, making himself the essence of all reporting.

This Super Bowl Ad Used VR To Let A Troop Watch The Game With Loved Ones

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 02.06.2017 | Entertainment

A lot of Super Bowl ads got political this year, but this one was a tearjerker. Directly after the game, Hyundai pulled off a series of reunions betwe...

Report: Pentagon Failed To Disclose Thousands Of Airstrikes

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 02.05.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The Pentagon has failed to disclose up to thousands of air strikes the U.S. military carried out over several years in I...

U.S. Defence Secretary Says No Need For 'Dramatic' Military Moves In South China Sea

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 02.06.2017 | World

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday played down any need for major U.S. military moves in the South China Sea to contend with China’s asse...

What Happens When All We Have Left Is The Pentagon?

William Hartung | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics
William Hartung

At over $600 billion a year and counting, the Pentagon already receives significantly more than its fair share of federal funds. If President Donald Trump has his way, though, that will prove a sum for pikers and misers.

U.S. Military Probing More Possible Civilian Deaths In Yemen Raid

Reuters | Philip Lewis | Posted 02.02.2017 | Politics

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del., Feb 1 (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Wednesday it was looking into whether more civilians were killed in a raid on ...

The Collective 'Wisdom' Of The U.S. Intelligence Community

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 01.23.2017 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Since 9/11, expansion has been the name of its game, as the leading intelligence agencies gained ever more power, prestige, and the big bucks, while wrapping themselves in an unprecedented blanket of secrecy.

General John Kelly For Department Of Homeland Security

Dr. Munr Kazmir | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Dr. Munr Kazmir

The number one job of the federal government is to keep its citizens safe. That's why the person running the Department of Homeland Security needs to be somebody who understands what it takes to make our enemies think twice about trying anything dangerous against us.

The Battle-Hymn Of The Generals-For-Hire

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 01.18.2017 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Donald Trump’s fondness for all-things-gold has been exhaustively depicted. But since his election, his fondness for brass, namely top military bras...

U.S. Military: Firefight Caused Civilian Deaths, But Troops Acted In Self-Defense

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 01.12.2017 | World

KABUL, Jan 12 (Reuters) - A U.S. military investigation confirmed that dozens of Afghan civilians were killed in a special forces operation near the n...

U.S. Special Operations Forces Deploy To 70% Of The World's Countries

Nick Turse | Posted 01.05.2017 | Politics
Nick Turse

SOCOM's shadow wars against terror groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State may, ironically, be its most visible operations. Shrouded in even more secrecy are its activities outside acknowledged conflict zones across the globe.

A Year Of U.S. Militarism

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 12.31.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

One of the most alarming developments in U.S. foreign policy in 2016 was the ratcheting up of the new iteration of the Cold War. Looking back at U.S. ...

Building US Infrastructure one veteran at a time?

Liana Downey | Posted 12.23.2016 | Impact
Liana Downey

As I moved past the Army recruiting center in Times Square, something struck me. I thought about the people who make a decision in that space. I thoug...

An Administration Of Losers?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In a sense, human history could be seen as an endless tale of the rise and fall of empires.

Trump's Push To 'Win' Is A Loss For America

William J. Astore | Posted 12.20.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

Under Trump's team of "civilian" warrior-generals, it looks like the crusades may be back -- with a vengeance.

America's Elite Troops Partner With African Forces But Pursue U.S. Aims

Nick Turse | Posted 12.19.2016 | Politics
Nick Turse

A SOCAFRICA planning document obtained by TomDispatch offers a window onto the scope of these "multi-national, collective actions" carried out by America's most elite troops in Africa.

Tips For James Mattis

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Flickr After weeks of internal deliberation, President-elect Donald Trump officially announced that former Marine General James N. Mattis will be his...