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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...

The U.S. Military's Role In Asia In The Age Of Trump

Tim Shorrock | Posted 12.13.2016 | Politics
Tim Shorrock

Despite the attention being given to America's roiling wars and conflicts in the Greater Middle East, crucial decisions about the global role of U.S. military power may be made in a region where, as yet, there are no hot wars: Asia.

Savor Your Citizenship

Bill Douglas | Posted 12.07.2016 | Good News
Bill Douglas

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” ~ Winston S. Churchill On this day 75 ye...

The Romans Have Much To Teach Us About The Costs Of Empire

William Astore | Posted 12.05.2016 | Politics
William Astore

With all these generals being called out of retirement to serve as Donald Trump’s “civilian” advisers, whether it’s General James “Mad Dog...

A Lesson Never To Be Drawn From America's Recent Wars

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.29.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Sometimes it's tough to pull lessons of any sort from our confusing world, but let me mention one obvious (if little noted) case where that couldn't be less true: the American military and its wars.

Is A Trump Presidency Good News For The Military-Industrial Complex?

William Hartung | Posted 11.28.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

As with so much of what Donald Trump has said in recent months, his positions on Pentagon spending are, to be polite, a bundle of contradictions.

What #Pet for #Trump's White House?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.23.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey Bond between American Presidents and their pets has helped humanize both the Commander in Chief and animal. What though if the President...

How To Finance Your Own Imperial Decline

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the latter part of the twentieth century and the first years of this one, Washington did what no power in history had ever done.

Is A Trump Presidency Good News For The Military-Industrial Complex?

William Hartung | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

As with so much of what Donald Trump has said in recent months, his positions on Pentagon spending are, to be polite, a bundle of contradictions.

"Wake the F**k Up, Marines"

Mariel DiDato | Posted 11.17.2016 | Impact
Mariel DiDato

With the recent passing of Veteran's Day, I would like to use this platform to share a message from someone currently serving The United States. The f...

Pentagon pick could have deep influence on Trump

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.15.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) is a leading contender to be Defense Secretary in the Trump administration. (AP Pho...

Corps Values, Core Values

Dakota Meyer | Posted 11.11.2016 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

Potential employers want to hear about a candidate's personal accomplishments and triumphs in an interview - but veterans are taught to view their successes as a result of team rather than individual efforts.

The Single Most Important Thing You Need To Know About The Veteran Unemployment Crisis

Shinjini Das | Posted 11.11.2016 | Impact
Shinjini Das

Each year the military separates between 240,000 and 360,000 service members. Here is the core problem. The great majority of these separated veterans are in no way ready to enter the civilian workforce, much less earn a high income to support their families.

7 Restaurants Where Vets Can Eat Free On Veterans Day

The Huffington Post | Abigail Williams | Posted 11.11.2016 | Taste

This Veterans Day, many restaurants and business are offering freebies and deals to the men and women of our armed forces. If you’re a veteran or an...

Members Of The Military Giving Three Times As Much To Clinton As To Trump

OpenSecrets Blog | Posted 11.04.2016 | Politics
OpenSecrets Blog

The fate of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which severely restricts spending for various priorities including defense, will be key in determining whether Trump can actually implement his expensive proposals, but he hasn't made his position clear on the budget cap through 2021 yet.

Two U.S. Soldiers, Dozens Of Civilians Killed In Afghan City Of Kunduz

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 11.03.2016 | Home

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Two American service members were killed on Thursday fighting the Taliban near the northern Afghan city of Kund...

An Establishment Voice: One Student's Perspective on Potential Future Defense Secretary Michele Flournoy

Harvard University’s Institute of Politics | Posted 10.31.2016 | College
Harvard University’s Institute of Politics

Listening to former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy speak at the JFK Jr. Forum at Harvard University provided a fascinating loo...

How One Springsteen Cassette Changed a Veteran's Life

Craig Newmark | Posted 10.28.2016 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, I believe in supporting veterans, service members, and their families year round. They deserve a lot more credit than they get. I'm a sponsor of...

War To The Horizon (And Nary A Word About It)

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

War, what is it good for? In America, the answer is that, much of the time, you'll probably never know what it's good for -- or, in some cases, even notice that we're at war.

Why Is It So Hard To Reduce The Pentagon Budget?

William Hartung | Posted 10.25.2016 | Politics
William Hartung

What accounts for the Department of Defense's ability to keep a stranglehold on your tax dollars year after endless year?

Don't Pretend Like Racism Doesn't Exist In The Military

Angel Rodriguez | Posted 10.26.2016 | Latino Voices
Angel Rodriguez

It is my impression that some people believe that when you put on a military uniform, that you stop being black, that you stop being latino, that you ...

U.S. Detects Failed North Korean Missile Test: Pentagon

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 10.17.2016 | Home

The U.S. military detected a failed North Korean test launch of an intermediate ballistic missile, the Pentagon said on Saturday. The test-firing was ...

Do Western Nations Care About Yemeni Lives Or Saudi Blood Money?

Medea Benjamin | Posted 10.10.2016 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

How much is the life of a Yemeni worth? Not much, according to the Saudi regime that has been bombing and starving the people of Yemen since March 2015, or to the Saudi's western backers, particularly the US and UK, who have been supplying the Saudi regime with weapons.