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Stamps of Honor

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

I have always admired and been impressed by the number, variety and appropriateness of postage stamps issued by the United States Postal Service in honor and in support of our military and veterans and I am somewhat regretful that this area of philately did not become my niche.

The Six Most Important Financial Tips for Young Military Families

Michael J. Meese | Posted 05.09.2015 | Money
Michael J. Meese

The earlier in your career that you implement these tips, the sooner you'll achieve financial stability and the stronger your personal finances will be able to grow throughout your life.

The Pentagon, Up Close and Personal

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The Pentagon has become a fixture, a given, of our American world, as around it has grown up what, since President Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address of 1961, has been known as the military-industrial complex.

Uncle Pentagon

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

In many ways, I grew up at the Pentagon. Our family never sat for a formal portrait. We didn't take snapshots at parties or picnics or on vacation. But what we do have is photo albums stuffed with pictures taken at the Pentagon as we protested there year after year after year.

What Happens When a Fighter Pilot Has Diarrhea in the Cockpit?

Quora | Posted 05.03.2015 | Weird News
Quora

HOLY S--T! Sorry for the outburst, but this is the pilot's greatest fear. Even beyond enemy aces, missile batteries, or parachuting into a sea of sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!

Flower Power: National Security, Civil Rights, and the Washington Florist

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 04.26.2015 | Religion
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

At first glance, one can be forgiven for thinking that a floral arrangement for a gay wedding doesn't carry much significance for the essential national security of the United States of America.

Defeating ISIS Without American Ground Forces

John B. Alexander, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
John B. Alexander, Ph.D.

While ISIS can, and must, be defeated as soon as possible, it is wrong to suggest that America should lead the fight. In fact, it must be done without further U.S. ground units as even the threat of intervention by American troops plays directly into the enemy's strategy.

How Mindfulness Could Transform Pre-Deployment For Active-Duty Soldiers

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.18.2015 | Science

Mindfulness has become recognized as a promising mental health intervention for soldiers returning home from war. But it may also be a vital tool for ...

Burying Vietnam, Launching Perpetual War

Christian Appy | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Christian Appy

Don't think that young students are the only products of a whitewashed history of the Vietnam War. Many older Americans have also been affected by decades of distortion and revision designed to sanitize an impossibly soiled record.

Want World Peace? Focus on Two Simple Things

Rana Florida | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Rana Florida

The state of the world got more gruesome yesterday with the barbaric killing of Lieutenant Muath al-Kasabeh. In a video released by the terrorist group ISIS, the 26-year-old Jordanian pilot can be seen dressed in an orange jump suit and locked in a cage, where he was burned alive.

A Letter to Taya Kyle, Widow of American Sniper Chris Kyle

Sybil Brun | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Sybil Brun

Although the movie is deeply moving -- and yes, sad -- it contains a powerful message that continues to resonate with me. So would I have had it any other way? Not a chance.

'American Sniper' Attracts the Fly By Night Patriot

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 04.05.2015 | Entertainment
Dustin DeMoss

Calling members of the military "cowards" is fine. There is a tacit understanding many members of the military have come to and that's that you can't please everyone. What is more insulting than seeing this man being called a "coward" are the people who believe they are patriots by seeing a film and expressing a pro-war mantra.

'When Parents Die at War'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Since 9/11, more than 10,000 U.S. children have lost a parent, sibling or other loved one who served in the U.S. Military. There are several organizations dedicated to start the healing process and to provide care and support to family members -- including children -- who have suffered the loss of a loved one serving in the armed forces.

Battle Cry, Iraq

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It was August 2, 1990, and Saddam Hussein, formerly Washington's man in Baghdad and its ally against fundamentalist Iran, had just sent his troops across the border into oil-rich Kuwait. It would prove a turning point in American Middle East policy.

War Is the New Normal

William J. Astore | Posted 04.04.2015 | Politics
William J. Astore

Pentagon insiders called it "the long war," an open-ended, perhaps unending, conflict against nations and terror networks mainly of a radical Islamist bent. Over the years, its chief characteristic became ever clearer: a Groundhog Day kind of repetition.

Vets With PTSD Should Be Exempt From Death Penalty, Legal Experts Say

The Atlantic | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact

On January 12, 1998, Andrew Brannan was driving his truck at 98 miles an hour on a country road near his Dublin, Georgia, home when he was pulled over...

Tet -- 1968

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 03.31.2015 | Books
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

For those of us who survived the battle for Hue City, this time of year holds a special meaning beyond the end of the first month of a new year. When we turn the page on our calendars from the end of January to the beginning of February, we do it with a shiver that has nothing to do with winter weather.

Sweeping Military Pay and Benefit Changes Coming

Jeremy Hilton | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Jeremy Hilton

Senator Graham's question is about to be pondered in a way that has not happened since the draft ended 42 years ago. This will be a game changing debate.

Letters of Sacrifice

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.25.2015 | Arts
Dorian de Wind

"Letters of Sacrifice" is Hassin's tribute to those who have fought and died for our country in all wars, but represents those who have fallen since that infamous September day almost 14 years ago.

Boosting India-U.S. Ties: A Regional Imperative?

Samarth Pathak | Posted 03.25.2015 | World
Samarth Pathak

In the backdrop of U.S. President Barack Obama's historic visit to India, Samarth Pathak gets you fresh perspectives on bilateral ties in a candid interaction with three of India's leading strategic thinkers.

The Devil's Due

Babette Maxwell | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Babette Maxwell

When I talk about the quotient left out of a fancy math algorithm that determines national affordability for a nation at war, the things they don't account for are the payments still due on that tab.

The Golden Age of Black Ops

Nick Turse | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Nick Turse

Despite its massive scale and scope, this secret global war across much of the planet is unknown to most Americans. Unlike the December debacle in Yemen, the vast majority of special ops missions remain completely in the shadows, hidden from external oversight or press scrutiny.

U.S. To Deploy 400 Troops To Help Fight ISIS

The Huffington Post | Jade Walker | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

The U.S. will deploy about 400 troops this spring to help train moderate opposition rebels to defeat Islamic State militants, Reuters reported. The...

America Is Open for Business in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You can't have victory if you have no idea where the finish line is. But there is one bright side to the situation. If you can't create Victory in Iraq for future VI Day parades, you can at least make a profit from the disintegrating situation there.

National Defense

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

So how do we reconnect the American people to their defenders? The Fallows article includes a tribute by Joseph Epstein to the military draft, but Fallows does not recommend one. It would never fly politically.