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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....

The GAO Transcripts, Part 23: PSC, What's That? A U.S. Military Perspective

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the twenty third installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO re...

Soldier Accused Of Leaking Secrets To WikiLeaks Flown To US

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The Army intelligence specialist charged with leaking U.S. military secrets to the WikiLeaks website has been moved from Kuwait to ...

Our Military's Disturbing Transition to Warriors

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Today's cult of the warrior, as represented by these new "creeds," may seem cosmetic, but it cuts to the core of our military's self-image.

The End of (Military) History? The United States, Israel, and the Failure of the Western Way of War

Andrew Bacevich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrew Bacevich

Although Western liberalism may retain considerable appeal, the Western way of war has run its course.

WikiLeaks: Why Aren't Heads Rolling?

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Patricia DeGennaro

The approximately 91,000 reports from the war in Afghanistan that were leaked to caused cries of outrage. Unfortunately this outrage was for all the wrong reasons.

U.S. Developing Attack Plan Against Pakistan

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military is developing plans for a unilateral attack on the Pakistani Taliban in the event of a successful terrorist strik...

We Must Keep Our Sons and Daughters Safe

Hilary Kramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hilary Kramer

Despite the obvious dangers that our troops face in hostile areas, it seems that our own government exacerbates problems further by providing our troops with faulty or unsuitable equipment.

UN Official To Ask U.S. To Stop CIA Drone Attacks, Limit Use To Military

The New York Times | CHARLIE SAVAGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes ag...

Pakistani Spy Agency Denounces Leaked Military Docs Over 'Malicious' Taliban Accusations

AP | MUNIR AHMED | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's most powerful spy agency on Monday lashed out against a trove of leaked U.S. intelligence reports that alleged close conn...

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Votes Exist, Say Democrats

The Hill | Roxana Tiron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lawmakers and gay-rights activists predicted Wednesday that both the Senate and House will have enough votes to repeal the "Don't ask, don't tell" law...

The GAO Transcripts, Part 20: When PSC Cause "Mission Creep"

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

This is the twentieth installment of the Government Accountability Office interview transcripts that were prepared pursuant to the July 2005 GAO repor...