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U.S Military

A Semi-Permanent State Of Quasi-War?

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Many Americans, and surely many people around the world, will be shocked to learn about the kinds of foreign policy "architecture" the President plans to leave for his successor.

Are We In For Another Increase In Military Spending?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

At the present time, an increase in U.S. military spending seems as superfluous as a third leg. The United States, armed with the latest in advanced weaponry, has more military might than any other nation in world history.

We Are The Empire

William J. Astore | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

With the U.S. government's deployment of deadly robotic drones and special ops units across the globe, alien invasion movies aren't -- at least for me -- the campy fun they once were. There's something that's barely risen to consciousness here: we've morphed into the planet's invading aliens.

Transgender People Can Now Serve Openly in the Military, and It's About Time

Quora | Posted 07.11.2016 | Queer Voices

How significant is the Pentagon's decision to lift the ban on transgender service members? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing networ...

Celebrate All Of Our Veterans This Independence Day

Matt Zeller | Posted 06.30.2016 | Politics
Matt Zeller

On this Independence Day weekend, as you celebrate our nation's freedom, I ask that you also give thanks for our wartime allies. Many veterans can poi... Brings Peace, Not Violence, To Our Troops With Video Games

Jayson DeMers | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Jayson DeMers

A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Steven Machuga, who has a background in charity work for members of the military. Machuga recently founded, a military-focused charity to realize his vision: bringing happiness and peace to deployed members of the military through care packages that feature video games.

Why Having Sikhs In The Military Is A Plus

Sehej Kaur | Posted 06.29.2016 | Religion
Sehej Kaur

The critics of Harjit Sajjan and of other Sikhs in the armed forces are forgetting that based on the very Sikh tenet of fighting injustice, Sikhs in the military have the power to bring positive change and take action to make the military a more just organization. Moreover, battling for justice is a part of Sikhism and looking at our history.

Failed States And American Air Power

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Almost 15 years later, with the Taliban again gaining ground, President Obama has just eased constraints on the U.S. military's use of airpower in Afghanistan.

Dominating The Skies -- And Losing The Wars

William J. Astore | Posted 06.21.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

What does it say about our overseas air wars when the greatest danger American pilots face involves performing aerial hijinks over the friendly skies of "the homeland"?

The Millennial Generation Is America's Service Generation

Larry Harris Jr. | Posted 06.17.2016 | Politics
Larry Harris Jr.

A generation this committed to military service, national service and education is not lazy, entitled, narcissistic or anti-intellectual.

The Pentagon's Real $trategy

Andrew Cockburn | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
Andrew Cockburn

After 15 years of grinding war with no obvious end in sight, pundit outrage may be misplaced. Focusing on Washington rather than on distant war zones, it becomes clear that the military establishment does indeed have a strategy, a highly successful one, which is to protect and enhance its own prosperity.

Crimes of the War on Terror

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

When we say that putting George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and other top officials in their administration in prison for war crimes would be justice, we endorse a criminal justice system that is more criminal than just, and where torture is a daily occurrence.

Military Donors Salute Sanders, Show Little Support for Trump

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

If campaign contributions are any indication of broader support, members of the military are lining up behind Democrats in the presidential race, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) in the lead.

Hillary Clinton's Flat and Misleading Foreign Policy Speech

William Astore | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
William Astore

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave a foreign policy speech in San Diego that was notably flat and misleading. It's been getting decent reviews in the mainstream media for the zingers she tossed at Donald Trump. But when you listen to the speech and think about it, you realize how insipid and unoriginal it really was.

LinkedIn for Veterans: 6 Tips for a Better Profile

Jamison Vann | Posted 06.01.2016 | Business
Jamison Vann

Did you know that 94% of recruiters use social media to find candidates for positions these days? This fact alone should make you want to think seriously about creating or updating your profile so that you're putting your best foot forward.

Gold Star Moms Share the True Meaning of Memorial Day

HooplaHa | Posted 05.31.2016 | Impact

What is the REAL meaning for Memorial Day? Every Memorial Day we get a long weekend, spend time with friends and family, BBQ's and take boat rides, but forget so often what this day is REALLY for.

Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

From one end of the Greater Middle East to the other, things are looking up for Washington.

Milestones (Or What Passes for Them in Washington)

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Andrew Bacevich

We have it on highest authority: the recent killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan marks "an important milestone." But a question remains: A milestone toward what exactly?

Donald Trump Reflects on His Storied Military Career This Memorial Day

Marty Rudoy | Posted 09.05.2016 | Comedy
Marty Rudoy

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump today reflected on his storied military career while laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Shareholder.

We'd Do Anything For Vets, Except Support Them In Politics

John A. Tures | Posted 05.29.2016 | Politics
John A. Tures

This Memorial Day, find a way to honor the veterans with parades, visits to monuments and national parks where they are featured, and put a flower next to a gravesite of a fallen hero. And let's spend the other 364 days in the year fighting just as hard for them as they have for us!

The Surprising History of Memorial Day

Joel Peterson | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

I had the humble honor of serving in our military. But my service was a privilege, not a sacrifice. But I had friends with whom I served who made the ultimate sacrifice. To them and their fallen brothers and sisters I am forever grateful.

Thousand Flags Event in Bakersfield Honors Heroes

Cheryl Scott | Posted 05.27.2016 | Good News
Cheryl Scott

As the sun rises on Memorial Day weekend in Bakersfield, CA, more than 100 volunteers will converge on a popular local park to transform the lush green landscape into a sea of red, white, and blue. Crews will spend their Saturday morning attaching 1,000 American flags to metal poles, then strategically placing them across the park's hills and around the lake. The result is a spectacle that has become the city's newest, yet most visible Memorial Day tradition.

An Open Chair at the Table

John O'Leary | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
John O'Leary

In honor of Memorial Day, I want to share about a meeting I had last week with members of our Armed Forces that reminded me of the tremendous sacrifice quietly offered for our freedoms - and a seldom-recognized group that most aptly models this sacrifice.

Memorial Day Is More Than The Unofficial Start To Summer

Dakota Meyer | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

Let's teach our children that our freedom was bought and paid for by generations of service members they will never meet; while we can never repay our debt to them, it is our responsibility to remember them.

Documents Show 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle Distorted Military Record

The Intercept | Annum Masroor | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics

NO AMERICAN HAS been more associated with the Navy SEAL mystique than Chris Kyle, known as the deadliest sniper in military history....