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Aegis' Charm Offensive in Iraq

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

My May 21 post regarding Aegis Defence winning a contract to help provide security for the 2012 Olympics in London has brought back some unpleasant me...

Senate Armed Services Committee Votes To Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Ban On Openly Gay Soldiers

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday delivered a victory to President Barack Obama and gay rights groups by approving a proposal to repeal the law...

Lucia Graves

Lawmakers Call For Cuts In Military Spending | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the budget crisis worsens, some lawmakers are looking where others dare not - at defense spending. In a letter to the National Commission on Fiscal...

NATO Tries To Silence Journalist Jerome Starkey Over Afghan Slayings (VIDEO)

Rethink Afghanistan | Derrick Crowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Last week, I spoke with Afghanistan-based journalist Jerome Starkey about his reporting on special forces raids that killed civilians and NATOs surpri...

U.S. Said to Expand Secret Military Acts in Mideast Region

New York Times | MARK MAZZETTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt mil...

Military To Review Mentor Program Conflicts Of Interest

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates' top deputy will brief the Joint Chiefs of Staff today on his recommendations to regulate the Pentagon's practice of hi...

Sikh Army Captain Graduates: Tejdeep Singh Rattan Is First Sikh Army Officer In Decades

AP | By MICHELLE ROBERTS | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

SAN ANTONIO -- Amid lines of soldiers, one after the other in standard-issue fatigues and combat boots, was one in a turban and full beard on Monday &...

Court Ruling Highlights Need for Due Process at Bagram

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday morning issued a stunning ruling: that the United States government may seize suspected terrorists outside...

Protecting the Military's Gays From Vindictive Outings

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

Originally published on, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Joseph Christopher Rocha Those, like ...

Dutch Furious As Retired US General Blames Gay Soldiers For Srebrenica Massacre

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch prime minister Friday denounced as "irresponsible" a claim by a retired U.S. general that gay Dutch soldiers ...

John Sheehan, Retired US General, Links Gays In Military To Genocide In Bosnia

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A retired U.S. general says Dutch troops failed to defend against the 1995 genocide in the Bosnian war because the army was weakene...

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Not A Big Deal, Poll of Iraq and Afghan Vets Finds

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

This poll proves what we all know to be true -- our military is the most professional organization that the world has ever known. Those who wear the uniform can handle change.

Military Sexual Assault Claims Rose 11 Percent In 2009

McClatchy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The number of sexual assaults reported in the U.S. military rose 11 percent last year, the Defense Department said Tuesday, but Pentagon officials con...

Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney

AT WAR: Colbert Mocks Media Over Afghanistan Coverage (VIDEO) | Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

We are blogging the latest news about America's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Email us at AfPak [at] Follow Nico on Twitter; fo...

Petraeus Sells Gay Troops Down the River

Emma Ruby-Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Ruby-Sachs

Petraeus has announced that he supports a review of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell Policy. Too bad that he told the Committee that eliminating DADT could negatively impact military function.

Driving Soldiers Crazy with Psychiatric Meds

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Has life in the military has become tougher? Everyone seems to agree that it has with the increased frequency and length of deployments. But that's not the whole story.

Obama Dresses Down the Military, But What's Changed?

William Astore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Astore

Actions speak far louder than words: What we've witnessed from Obama is no "dressing down" of our military, but rather yet another ramping up.

Fonkoze Helps Rebuild Haiti through Microfinance Following Earthquake

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Unprecedented Collaboration Assists the Most Vulnerable In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, January 23, an unprecedented joint NGO-military operation ...

Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney

AT WAR: Afghanistan Held Secret Talks With Captured Taliban Chief | Nicholas Sabloff & Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

We are blogging the latest news about America's war in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Email us at AfPak [at] Follow Nico on Twitter; fo...

James Inhofe Thinks That American Soldiers Are a Bunch of Anti-Gay Bigots

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Inhofe no doubt considers himself an unconditional supporter of the military, but his latest comments are nothing if not deeply insulting to America's men and women in uniform.

Life Is a Performance, Ramin

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Steve Clemons

While the real world is not Broadway and filming Sex in the City sequels, the fact is that there are tens of thousands of gay men and women who perform in "straight roles" every day in the US military.

Film Review: The Western Front

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stewart Nusbaumer

There is now a superb film that picks apart what we did wrong in Iraq and what our military did right: The Western Front.

Iraq Corruption: 50 New Fraud Investigations Involving Americans In $150 Billion Program

New York Times | JAMES GLANZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Investigators looking into corruption involving reconstruction in Iraq say they have opened more than 50 new cases in six months by scrutinizing large...

Immigration and Our Military

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

By offering a path to citizenship for the many undocumented immigrants that are in our country right now, we are giving them a path to become more active in American life -- including military service.

Gates: We Can Cut Military Spending

William Hartung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Hartung

Last week, Robert Gates acknowledged that the United States has such a huge lead in conventional military power that we can afford to do without a few ships here, a few planes there.