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Obesity & Military: Almost 30 Percent Of Young Americans Too Fat To Fight, Generals Say

McClatchy | Patrick Donohue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A group of more than 50 retired generals and admirals says a growing number of young Americans are too fat to fight. A study released last week by Mi...

Pakistan in Ten Years: The Optimistic View

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Schweber

So is Pakistan a failed state, or on its way out of the morass in which it presently finds itself? I think there are three reasons for Pakistan to be optimistic.

UPDATED: Twittering in Pashto: A New U.S. Military Communications Strategy in Afghanistan?

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rahim Kanani

Who exactly is the intended audience of the U.S. military's tweeting efforts in Afghanistan? They're all in English.

Second Annual U.S. Military Wives Contest

Sara Taney Humphreys | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sara Taney Humphreys

It's easy to forget that there are real people who are deeply affected by our wars, people who don't have the luxury of tuning it out. The families of our soldiers live with the harsh reality every single day.

Army Sued For Refusing to Release Contracting Data

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

On Wednesday, April 14, the American Small Business League (ASBL) filed suit against the U.S. Department of the Army under the Freedom of Information ...

From Bagram To Boulder: A Sergeant's Experience at CU-Boulder

HuffPost Citizen Reporting | ANDREA RAEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Produced by HuffPost's Citizen Reporting Team If not for their slightly more erect posture, the pockets of young veterans at the University of Colora...

Israeli Military Commander Acts As a Dictator Towards Palestinians

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The Israelis are showing that the original Zionist theory of lusting for the land, without its people, continues to be the main pillar of this right-wing Israeli government.

Is The US Army Losing Its War On Suicide?

TIME | Mark Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The surge in suicides, which have risen five years in a row, has become a vexing problem for which the Army's highest levels of command have yet to fi...

What's Driving Promising Army Soldiers to Drop Out and Become Writers? Stuart A. Reid

The New Republic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In posts that read like short stories, Gallagher recounted the activities and antics of his pseudonymous soldiers and their droll Iraqi interpreter. B...

Jason Linkins

Reuters Spikes Story On Photographers Killed In Baghdad

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Reuters deputy Brussels bureau chief Luke Baker penned a "muscular" story that gave strong consideration to the possibility that the slaying of Reuter...

Dan Froomkin

WikiLeaks Exposes Video of 2007 'Collateral Murder' In Iraq (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Scroll down for the video Calling it a case of "collateral murder," the WikiLeaks Web site today released harrowing video of a U.S. Army Apache hel...

U.S. Soldier Charged For Three Afghan Civilian Deaths

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

FORT LEWIS, Wash. — The Army said Friday a soldier has been charged with the murders of three Afghan civilians. A statement from the Army said ...

Army Plans $100 Million Special Operations Headquarters In Afghanistan

Wired | Noah Shachtman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Army is looking to spend as much as $100 million to expand its Special Operations headquarters in northern Afghanistan. ...

Remember Iraq

Clint Van Winkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clint Van Winkle

It is hard to believe that it has been seven years since we invaded Iraq. My unit was a part of the initial invasion force. We fought our way up to B...

Yellow Ribbon Stickers: they aren't working (and neither are a lot of veterans)

Clint Van Winkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clint Van Winkle

It's easy to say you support the troops, but numbers prove that the support often stops with the placement of a yellow ribbon on the back of a car. 1...

The F Word: Anger over Israel Hurts U.S.

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

As we wait to see any substantive response from the U.S. president to Israel's killings of peace workers seeking to break the years-long Gaza siege, i...

Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

Ryan McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ryan McDermott

At Fort Stewart, Georgia, the home of the 3rd Infantry Division, Eastern Redbud trees line the parade grounds to honor fallen soldiers. The pathway is known as Warriors Walk.

Remembering What a Military Is For

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

Tea partiers and residents of the Gulf Coast take note: could it be that we've so scorned and dismantled our government that the only loved and well-functioning institution left is the military?

US Sues KBR: Iraq Charges From Contractor Were Improper, Says US Government

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The federal government sued KBR Inc., the largest contractor in Iraq, on Thursday over what prosecutors say were improper charges t...

Army Backtracks On Relaxed 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Enforcement

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Reversing course, Army Secretary John McHugh warned soldiers Thursday that they still can be discharged for acknowledging they are ...

Pentagon 'Mentor' Overhaul: Retired Officers Must Disclose Business Ties

USA Today | Tom Vanden Brook and Ken Dilanian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon's use of retired senior officers to advise the military, ...

Fort Hood Shooting Suspect Nidal Hasan May Have Been Transfered To Jail

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SAN ANTONIO — The Army officer accused in the Fort Hood shooting rampage is apparently being moved from a hospital to jail. An attorney for Maj...

California Mother Kills Herself While Driving After Girl, 9, Refuses To Pull Trigger

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- A California woman shot and killed herself while driving in southern New Mexico after her 9-year-old daughter refused her mother's...

Is the DREAM Act a Military Recruiter's Dream, Too? (VIDEO)

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

While the DREAM Act has inspired bold activism led by educators and students, its status as a pillar of the immigration reform movement may be somewhat undercut by the taint of the military recruitment machine.

Three Generals Put New Twist on March Madness

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Thankfully, Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen are taking the repeal of DADT very seriously. It's time for these Generals to get over March Madness and start playing "Follow the Leader."