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Marine's Sexual Assault Conviction Tossed

Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics

The Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces threw out this week the sexual assault conviction of Marine Captain Nicholas Stewart, citing issues with the...

Why Are We in Afghanistan?

Ethan Casey | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Why are we in Afghanistan? I really don't know anymore. We fear -- with some real cause -- that "Islamists" hate America and want to bring us down. But does that fear justify committing atrocities ourselves?

My VP Pick: Former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Ret. Admiral Williams Owens

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

As indicated in prior blogs and on, I'm running for president on the Americans Elect platform. (If you would like to support my...

Qur'an Burnings Indicate Need for Mission Overhaul

Lisa Schirch | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Lisa Schirch

International forces need to make cultural sensitivity a priority in a mission focused on protecting civilians and addressing root causes through supporting governance and diplomacy, not waging war.

WATCH: Deaf ROTC Soldier Fights To Change Military Acceptance Rules

Posted 03.02.2012 | Impact

Growing up, Cadet Private Keith Nolan knew he wanted to be in the military. After high school he went to enlist, but instead, got three words scribble...

Demanding Accessibility To Documents Regarding Military Sexual Violence

Rachel Natelson | Posted 05.01.2012 | Impact
Rachel Natelson

In the government's view, the public needn't concern itself with the ugly details of the epidemic of sexual violence in the military.

ReThink Review: Act of Valor -- That's Militainment!

Jonathan Kim | Posted 04.30.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Young American boys (including myself) have been running around with toy/imaginary weapons pretending to be soldiers for millenia, and have been watching TV shows and movies about the military for decades.

America's Image Problem in Afghanistan

John Feffer | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
John Feffer

How is it that the Pentagon and the Islamophobe, with their opposite views on Islam and intervention, end up generating a similar response in the Muslim world?

The Politics of a Ticker-Tape Parade

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

A national ticker-tape parade to honor and thank our returning Iraq war veterans. There should not be much controversy about such occasions. But there is.

Apple's Next Big Move: The U.S. Military?

Wired | Posted 04.23.2012 | Technology

The Air Force's Air Mobility Command is considering a monster purchase of iPads -- one that might give Apple inroads into a military market that's elu...

Yes, There Is a Base in Afghanistan Named "Aryan," and It Is Spelled "Aryan"

Chris Rodda | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Chris Rodda

Despite the Defense Department's insistence that a base in Afghanistan is named "Arian" with an "i," it's not. It is absolutely named "Aryan" with a "y," a name that had already raised concerns among some, but those concerns were just joked about and ultimately ignored.

"A Nation's Gratitude" White House Dinner

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.17.2012 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

The Pentagon had to -- in just a few days -- select 64 troops to represent the 1.5 million American men and women who fought in Iraq.

Animation: Santorum on Women in the Military (Actual Audio)

Scott Bateman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Comedy
Scott Bateman

Rick Santorum has some surprising ideas about why women shouldn't serve in combat, if this actual bit of word salad is any indication.

Special Forces on Steroids

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Michael Brenner

More military capability equates to more security for the United States. This precept is so deeply embedded in our minds that no one sees a need to state it. Yet it may be false.

David Wood

War-Hardened U.S. Military Cautious About War With Iran | David Wood | Posted 02.16.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The threat of punishing U.S. military strikes underlies Washington's campaign to halt Iran's nuclear weapons program. But there is no e...

How Not to Withdraw From Afghanistan

Joshua Gleis | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Joshua Gleis

Whatever the case may be, without knowing the goals we set out for, it's difficult for us to claim that we accomplished our mission in Afghanistan, or to justify that our men and women need to remain in that country for even one more day, let alone another two years.

How U.S.' Top Killers Became Its Top (Unaccountable) Spies | Posted 02.13.2012 | World

This is what people think of when they imagine the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC, the secretive, uber-elite military unit that killed Osam...

Santorum Insults Women Who Served in Combat

Jon Soltz | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Jon Soltz

Our troops are professional and do their jobs -- men and women, alike. Does Rick Santorum think we're not?

Republicans Need More Than Rhetoric On Defense

The Washington Post | David Ignatius February 9, 2012 | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

Through 11 presidential elections, beginning with the Democrats’ nomination of George McGovern in 1972, Republicans have enjoyed a presumption of su...

The Hidden Costs of Star Creep: Generals Making More in Retirement Than in Service

Ben Freeman | Posted 04.10.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Our troops need to know that in this tight fiscal climate they still have our complete support. Former top commanders raking in seven figure salaries from taxpayers while active duty soldiers bear the brunt of the cuts sends the opposite message.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again

Dave Helfert | Posted 04.09.2012 | Home
Dave Helfert

When Vietnam veterans returned to "the world," there were no parades. It was like nobody but their families even noticed they'd been gone. Last December, when U.S. bases were handed over and the last combat units returned home, there were no parades.

Janet C. Wolfenbarger: The Air Force's First Four-Star General

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.08.2012 | Women
Dorian de Wind

Today marks a first in the history of women in the Air Force as President Barack Obama nominates Air Force Lieutenant General Janet C. Wolfenbarger to become its first woman four-star general.

The Peril of Idolizing Our Military

William Astore | Posted 04.05.2012 | Politics
William Astore

As a retired veteran, such pro-military rhetoric in the president's state of the union address resonates with me, but as a student of history it makes me more than uncomfortable.

SOTU 2012: Behind Obama's Clean Energy Shout Out to the DoD

Jen Soriano | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Jen Soriano

Is this DoD greenwashing for good PR? Smart investment to reduce cost? Yes and yes. But above all, the DoD is serious about clean energy for one primary reason: survival.

Military Gets Rid Of 'Birth Control Glasses'

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 01.30.2012 | Style

U.S. military uniforms aren't known for being trendy, despite the fashion industry's occasional embrace of camo. But unbeknownst to us non-military fo...