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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...

Cold War Spy Gear Put On Display In Ohio

Posted 01.30.2012 | Science

Tariq Malik, First Published 01/30/2012 07:41 AM EST A trio of once-secret U.S. spy satellites built to look down o...

Pentagon Unveils Strategic Downscaling

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2012 | World

By David Alexander and Jim Wolf WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) - The Pentagon unveiled a 2013 budget plan that would cut $487 billion in...

Afghanistan: "Goal" Accomplished

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

You may call me a flip-flopper, but after supporting our efforts in Afghanistan for so many years, and in view of recent developments, I now have some serious concerns about that war.

Weapons ‘R’ Us

William J. Astore | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
William J. Astore

Let's face it: the weapons we sell to others pale in comparison to the weapons we sell to ourselves. Americans have a love affair with them, the more high-tech and expensive, the better. I should know. After all, I'm a recovering weapons addict.

Ten Steps for Radical Revolution USA

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.24.2012 | Impact
Bill Quigley

If those in government and those in power do not help the people do what is right, people seeking change must together exercise our human rights and bring about these changes directly.

America's Emerging Military Posture

Michael_Doyle | Posted 03.24.2012 | World

As the US cuts back its armed forces, other nations will upgrade theirs, which will require the US to constantly reevaluate its global military posture. The Pentagon will have to reorient itself and rely increasingly on regional allies to maintain stability acceptable to the US.

War and Peace With a Human Face

Christopher Holshek | Posted 03.20.2012 | World
Christopher Holshek

Media coverage and op-eds on last week's incident involving the desecration of Taliban corpses by U.S. Marines has been subdued in the United States, but it gathered the attention of many in that part of the world where we have had the most trouble.

Actions of a Few Marines: Let's Not "Celebrate," Justify or Broad-Brush

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
Dorian de Wind

I honestly believe that we Americans can and must start calling what is wrong by its name, without euphemisms, without excuses -- no ifs ands or buts about it.

Marines Urinating on Dead Taliban: How Low Will We Go?

Ethan Casey | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
Ethan Casey

What is there to think about, anyway? What is there to say, really, except that there's absolutely no excuse? No excuse for the policy makers and officers, but neither is there one for the brutalized young perpetrators.