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Pat Tillman's Family Is Not Alone

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cilla McCain

There are hundreds of military families determined to convince the U.S. government of the need for a major overhaul on the investigative policies and procedures in unattended soldier deaths.

The U.S. Military's 1947 Warning on Intolerance

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Ritz

It is and always has been a risk in free societies that those interested in power or ideology will take advantage of those freedoms to deny the same to others.

Frank Rich: General McChrystal And The 36 Hours That Shook Washington

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Once made the top commander in Afghanistan, the general was kept on long past his expiration date. He should have been cashiered after he took his fir...

Mohammad Zia Salehi, Karzai Aide, Part of Wider Corruption Probe

Washington Post | Joshua Partlow and David Nakamura | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A close adviser to President Hamid Karzai, arrested last month on charges of soliciting a bribe, was also under investigation for allegedly providing ...

The Iraqi Phoenix Rises Again

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dorian de Wind

Ironically, the same powers that destroyed the Iraqi Air Force, mainly the U.S., are now assiduously rebuilding it, equipping it, and training its airmen.

Pentagon Spending -- Music Goes Round, and Round...

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

There is no Team B in the ring for the defense spending debate. There is no strategic analysis; it is simply studied justification for projecting the status quo into the far future.

Stryker Brigade Murder Charges: 5 Soldiers Killed Afghan Civilians, Military Says

AP | GEORGE TIBBITS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World


An Intimate Look at Female Soldiers: Q&A with Laura Browder (PHOTOS)

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Author Laura Browder says she was compelled to create her new book about military women when she realized Jessica Lynch and Lynndie England had become the war's most famous soldiers.

Local Soldier's Family Notified Of Death, Only To Discover Their Brother Is Still Alive

SouthtownStar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sorrow, anguish, doubt, anger. They said the story unfolded this way: On Tuesday, their father called from his home in Belize with sad news - he said...

No Double Standards in Cutting Defense Fat

Lawrence Korb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lawrence Korb

If Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wants to ensure that the reductions he recently proposed are meaningful, he can set a good example by trimming his own bureaucracy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Khadr Lawyer Collapses as Historic War Crimes Trial Gets Underway

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The trial of Omar Khadr is the first one before a military commission under the Obama administration, and the first alleged child soldier to be tried by a Western country since World War II.

Obama and Gates Fail the Fehrenbach Test

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alexander Nicholson

It now appears that the American public -- 80% of which want the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law gone -- was sold a handful of magic beans with this 45-day review, and the proof is a man named Victor Fehrenbach.

My Life in Seven Days

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dorian de Wind

At age 70, days pass like minutes, years go by like days. If I could compress the seven decades I have lived into seven days, this is what that week in my life would look like.

What Washington Should Learn From the Death of Aid Workers in Afghanistan

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Schirch

The massacre of humanitarians this week shows that there are dangers in shedding security and stepping out onto Afghanistan's dusty roads. Yet US military personnel are taking far more risks.

In Place of Mental Health Care, Are Some Troops Being Evangelized?

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Let's be careful not to let instances of Christian evangelism in the ranks distract us from a healthy exercise of spirituality and religious feeling. Let's applaud our military chaplains even as we recognize that they too have limitations.

CON GAMES: Military-Industrial Complex @ 50

Michael Conniff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michael Conniff

I can't tell you why, and I can't tell you where, but I can tell you that I spent an exceedingly comfortable evening having cocktails in the company of the American military-industrial complex.

US Soldiers Implicated In Killing Of 3 Afghan Civilians, Army Says

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — Five soldiers from the same Washington state-based unit have now been implicated in the killing of three Afghan civilians, a...

The Humanitarian-Military Complex

James Denselow | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Denselow

The chaos of a war zone combined with the financial attraction of an invasion led by the world's remaining superpower has proved a potent mix for a multitude of NGOs to flock to Afghanistan.

A Day in Life of the Military-Industrial Complex

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

It seems to me that InsideDefense delivers the goods about military strategy and spending, warts and all, good or bad.

U.S. Military BANNED From Viewing WikiLeaks

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The Pentagon has banned the U.S. military from viewing anything related to WikiLeaks, the website for whistleblowers which controversially released th...

Washington Rules and PMC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Isenberg

Andrew Bacevich is author of several meticulously documented books on American geopolitical ambitions. In terms of street credibility, Bacevich has tons more than the average commentator on the issue.

Asking Too Much of Our Troops -- And Not Enough of College Students

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
William Astore

In hand-holding our college students and overloading our troops, we're compromising our educational efforts as well as our military ones. And whether in school or in war, the result could very well be a failing grade.

Leslie Gelb: How To Get Out Of Afghanistan

The Huffington Post | Doug Sarro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Today's AfPak round-up: Gelb: How to Get Out of Afghanistan. President Obama should withdraw the bulk of U.S. troops from Afghanistan by mid-2013, th...

Time to Discipline DOD: The Disappointing Perry-Hadley Report

Gordon Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gordon Adams

The struggle to discipline the defense budget and reign in the Department of Defense has begun. Growing concern about the deficit, combined with grow...

Netherlands Withdraws From Afghanistan After Four Years: 1,950 Troops Head Home

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Netherlands is ending its military involvement in Afghanistan, after four years in which its 1,950 troops have won praise for their effectiveness....