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Don't Discount Women's Non-Combat Sacrifices in Times of War

Hadley Heath | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Hadley Heath

President Obama has just named Air Force Gen. Lori Robinson the first female commander of a combatant command in U.S. history. This comes on the heels...

The Warblog: We Were Winning When He Left

Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) | Posted 03.31.2016 | Books
Capt. Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.)

I was emotionally shattered after multiple combat tours when the war that defined me as a person and as a Marine ended in such a humiliating and ignoble fashion. For nearly a decade I stumbled through my life in a sort of daze trying to justify the sacrifices I made and observed in Southeast Asia.

U.S. Orders Families Of Government Personnel To Leave Southern Turkey

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 03.30.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration ordered the families of U.S. military and diplomatic personnel to leave parts of southern Turkey on Tu...

My Friends and I Went to a Ted Cruz Rally-- Here's What Happened

Taylor Vidmar | Posted 03.29.2016 | Teen
Taylor Vidmar

I believe that there are a lot of things we do in life not because they will be fun, but just because we want to say we did them. For me, one of those...

A Country That Never Saw a Conflict It Could Leave

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In recent times, one of the strangest aspects of war, American-style, has been the inability of the most powerful military on the planet to extricate itself from any of the conflicts it's initiated or somehow gotten itself involved in -- even those it's officially walked away from.

A Force Unto Itself

William J. Astore | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

In the decades since the draft ended in 1973, a strange new military has emerged in the United States. Think of it, if you will, as a post-democratic force that prides itself on its warrior ethos rather than the old-fashioned citizen-soldier ideal.

More High-Ranking Military Officers Are Being Charged With Sexual Assault

The Washington Post | Chloe Angyal | Posted 03.20.2016 | Politics

The U.S. military has stepped up investigations of high-ranking officers for sexual assault, records show, curtailing its traditional deference toward...

The Forgotten History of an African American Soldier Turned Rebel Leader in the Philippines

Elizabeth Kissam | Posted 03.17.2016 | Arts
Elizabeth Kissam

Recent films and plays highlight critical alternative voices our history lacks. The Birth of a Nation, Chocolat, Suffragette and Red Velvet portray fo...

Leading the Way to Change -- D.R.E.A.M.S. Supports Talent Management

Leigh Searl | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact
Leigh Searl

One of the leading concerns for employers is how to keep and retain top talent. Companies invest time, energy and resources into hiring talent, spending thousands to onboard a new employee.

Back to the Future

Peter Van Buren | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The nuances of foreign policy do not feature heavily in the ongoing presidential campaign. Every candidate intends to "destroy" ISIS; each has concerns about Vladimir Putin, North Korea, and China; every one of them will defend Israel; and no one wants to talk much about anything else.

The American Version of Militarism

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It's time we finally ask: Whatever happened to old-fashioned civilian control over the U.S. military? These days, who controls the civilians?

Pentagon Excess Has Fueled a Civil-Military Crisis

Gregory D. Foster | Posted 03.15.2016 | Politics
Gregory D. Foster

What we have today is not civilian supremacy over, nor even civilian control of the military, but what could be characterized as civilian subjugation to the military, where civilian officials are largely militarily illiterate, more militaristic than the military itself, and running scared politically (lest they be labeled weak on defense and security).

On ISIS, Military Might and the Republicans

Dana Agmon | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Dana Agmon

In an interview with CNN on February 8, Senator Ted Cruz said, "In my view, American boots on the ground should always be the last step, and we need t...

Trump's Campaign Rhetoric, ISIS and the Law of War

The Conversation US | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

As a retired military officer, I do not publicly endorse candidates. But as someone who served as a judge advocate, or military lawyer, for 34 years, I do think it can be helpful to examine in a nonpartisan way the legal aspects of Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric on the use of force against the Islamic State, or ISIS.

Been There, Done That

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.10.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Behind the scenes, "top U.S. military commanders" have reportedly been talking up a renewed, decades-long commitment to Afghanistan and its security forces, what one general has termed a "generational approach" to the war there.

Israel's Edge: The Story of the IDF's Most Elite Unit - Talpiot

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 03.07.2016 | Books
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

This week the United States European Command and Israel held joint exercises. A big part of the mission was to test the reliably of Israel's three ti...

Military Burn Pits: The New Agent Orange?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 03.04.2016 | Impact
Mary Anne Mercer

It's no secret that US military operations can be harmful to the environment. US military presence and interventions often leave environmental health problems for both soldiers and the local population.

How Women Change Outcomes in Courtrooms and Beyond

The Conversation US | Posted 03.02.2016 | Politics
The Conversation US

How the inclusion of more women in the courts, parliamentary bodies and other positions of power fundamentally change decisions and outcomes is perhaps particularly salient to three ongoing debates: the possibility that a woman will be a U.S. political party's presidential nominee for the first time, who should be appointed as the next Supreme Court justice and the role of women in the military.

Committed Communities Making a Difference for Vets

Dakota Meyer | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Dakota Meyer

Photo by Garth Milan One of the things I love most about America is our willingness to come together when it counts. Strong communities build strong ...

War, What Is It Good for? Absolutely Nothing.

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 02.25.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Unless you consider an expanding series of failed states, spreading terror movements, wrecked cities, and countries hemorrhaging refugees as accomplishments, in these years, no goal of Washington -- not a single one -- has been accomplished by war.

Prepping Vets for Jobs -- Before They Leave the Military

Colonel David W. Sutherland | Posted 02.24.2016 | Impact
Colonel David W. Sutherland

It's time to break down the myth that service members who get out of the military will find employment right away. That's simply not realistic -- and those who have been laid off, out of work or watching a recent college graduate look for a job will recognize this.

Scientists Are Working On Prosthetics Controlled By Your Mind

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 02.23.2016 | Technology

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thought-controlled prosthetic limbs, wheelchairs and computers may be available within a decade, say Australian scientists who are ...

The Establishment vs. Bernie Sanders

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 02.22.2016 | Politics
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John Sanbonmatsu

The very ferocity and coordinated nature of the attacks on Sanders makes clear that the Democratic establishment views Sanders not merely as an annoyance, but as an existential threat. And he may be, at that.

Shit People Say to Female Veterans

Debra Richardson | Posted 02.17.2016 | Women
Debra Richardson

Below are just a few of the circumstances I've personally experienced and I know my fellow female veterans will read this and nod their heads, remembering a similar situation. This is meant to be a comical recap of real, yet hilarious conversations and is in now way meant to belittle or encourage outrage.

Top Nazi Sympathizer Gets Military Burial In Arlington National Cemetery

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 02.17.2016 | Politics

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The family and friends of Willis Carto, one of the United States’ most prominent Nazi sympathizers, laid him to rest in Arlington ...