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Memo to Robert Gates: Duty, Sir, Lies in Getting a War's Premise Right

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

"Wars are a lot easier to get into than out of," Gates writes. Indeed! And the way to make wars much harder to get into is the requirement of an airtight premise, one worth dying for, one justifying the condolences to a dead soldier's family.

Gates Memoirs Illustrate How Militaristic the U.S. Has Become

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

If Biden was wrong about advocating a rapid U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan (and Iraq) and Obama was wrong in adopting the Afghan escalation without believing it, then the only viable option left was evidently escalating and being excited about it.

This May Help Military Keep Women In The Ranks

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband,...

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

Marine Corps Grants Hal Faulkner Tear-Inducing Last Wish

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Zaslow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

The United States Marine Corps. has finally given a gay former sergeant the long-awaited apology he deserved. Hal Faulkner, 79, joined the Marines...

Slicing Up the World Like a Pie

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The ambitiousness of the creeping decision to bring every inch of the planet under the watchful eyes of U.S. military commanders should take anyone's breath away. It's the sort of thing that once might only have been imaginable in movies where some truly malign and evil force planned to "conquer the world" and dominate Planet Earth for an eternity.

America's Black-Ops Blackout

Nick Turse | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

For more than a month, I waited for answers. I called. I left messages. I emailed. I waited some more. I started to get the feeling that Special Operations Command didn't want me to know what its Green Berets and Rangers, Navy SEALs and Delta Force commandos -- the men who operate in the hottest of hotspots and most remote locales around the world -- were doing.

U.S. Steps Up Military Deliveries To Iraq To Help Fight Against Al Qaeda

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2014 | World

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that the United States is accelerating its deliveries of military equip...

Mental Health Ought to Matter More Than Uniforms

Melody Moezzi | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

Far too many state and local governments fail chronically and miserably at addressing the mental health concerns of their citizens. The federal government needs to consider the serious consequences of underestimating the mental health crises facing our military and prison system today, and step it up.

Our Overseas Military: Yet Another Blue Christmas

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.23.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

I hope that those such absences at Christmas time will be few and far between and that next Christmas -- or the Christmas thereafter -- when they listen to or sing the hauntingly beautiful words from "I'll be home for Christmas," it will finally not be "only in [their] dreams."

South Sudan: Will It Turn Into Another Somalia?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Two and a half million people died before South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, became independent in July 2011. But in just one week, fighting spread among former liberation leaders, thrusting the country into the cusp of a civil war.

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Thermal Hole, Megadrought Now? and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Find the news below grim? Remember that you can make a difference by switching to clean energy, whether or not you own a home. Check out how others ar...

America's Child Soldiers

Ann Jones | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

The JROTC program, still spreading in high schools across the country, costs U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. It has cost some unknown number of taxpayers their children.

America's Global Military Footprint, Seen From Above

empire.is | Josh Begley | Posted 12.14.2013 | World

How do you measure a military footprint? In people? Dollars? Space? This website is an ongoing attempt to map one aspect of that question -- by visual...

Not Quite as Titillating as 'The Handshake' or 'The Selfie' or...

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.11.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Military working dogs -- or dogs in general -- and young children seeing their military parents (sometimes for the first time) return home from military assignments are some of my favorite subjects.

Why Israel's Stance Could Help the Iran Deal Succeed

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

Israel has made it clear that it is skeptical about the agreement and will not hesitate to attack Iran if necessary, and so on the face of it this might seem like a hindrance to peace being achieved. But when examined from a tactical perspective, Israel's stance may actually help the deal succeed.

World War II Mystery Finally Resolved, 2,300 Feet Below Water

Posted 12.03.2013 | World

After more than half a century, a mystery of military history has finally been resolved. Researchers at the University of Hawaii and the National ...

Military Kids at Higher Risk of Suicidal Thoughts

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 02.01.2014 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

After more than a decade of living with the separations and uncertainties endemic to military life, many children from military families are paying the emotional and psychological costs.

Thanksgiving Is Over. Now What?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.29.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

If you are one of those who cannot wait until Christmas, whose noble instincts just keep tugging at your heart strings and whose good-deed-o-meter is in the red, here is a another opportunity to get it back in the green zone again.

What The Pentagon Means When It Says The U.S. Military Is 'Ready'

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings from defense officials and some experts are mounting and becoming more dire: The nation's military is being hobbled by bu...

Helping Military Veterans Pursue Technical Ambitions

Sandy Marshall | Posted 01.26.2014 | Education
Sandy Marshall

Helping recruit, educate and employ military veterans should be a priority for the STEM community. This specific group of people are perhaps the most deserving of our support.

The DoD's Self-Inflicted Wound

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

If the Department of Defense doesn't want to be dealing with situations like the one at the Air Force Academy all the time, then an Equal Opportunity (EO) policy covering sexual orientation needs to be put in place. At any time, President Obama could issue an executive order.

Army PR Strategist Steps Down After Wanting 'Average-Looking' Female Soldiers In Ads

AP | JOHN MILBURN | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Pentagon officials said Friday that an Army colonel who wrote an internal email suggesting photos of attractive women should be ...

An Early Thanksgiving Message

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.24.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Wherever you are, there are plenty of lonely soldiers, sailors and airmen who would love to spend a few hours with you and your family sharing not only a home-cooked meal, but also enjoying the warmth, amity and, yes, the bitter-sweet memories of home, that such an occasion will bring.

Protecting Servicemembers at Home and Abroad

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

This month we celebrate Veterans Day and the remarkable men and women who protect our country. As we honor the service and the bravery they have shown in conflicts across the world, we should remember their challenges on the homefront as well.