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Protecting the Lands We Swore to Defend

Garett Reppenhagen | Posted 12.12.2014 | Green
Garett Reppenhagen

As service members, we joined the military to ensure that our distinctive American identity remains robust. That identity includes the iconic landscapes that Americans can enjoy on our public lands, from sea to shining sea.

Pool Of Pentagon Contenders Dwindles

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Thick-skinned candidate to oversee a sprawling bureaucracy bitten by budget cuts and join a national security team besiege...

The Best Defender In Baseball Just Got Traded. See Where He Landed.

John A. Tures | Posted 11.21.2014 | Sports
John A. Tures

As the debate unfolds between the old school system of voting and the new "sabermetric" style votes with WAR (wins above replacement), defensive runs saved, fielding percentage, etc. there's likely to be some tension.

America Is Not a 911 Number

András Simonyi | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
András Simonyi

On a recent visit to Europe I was most struck by the latent and open anti-American sentiments that are contaminating the political elites across the continent. This is especially strange in a year when we commemorate the end of the Cold War.

Worry, Don't Be Happy: How We Decide What's Dangerous

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 11.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

The desire to seal off borders and quarantine the health care workers is driven to a large extent by our ancestral behavioral immune system. Cues that once improved survival have become maladaptive behaviors in our contemporary world.

Hawks Demand More Military Spending Than During Cold War: Stop Squandering 'Defense' Dollars on Other Nations

Doug Bandow | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

America does not spend too little on the military. Rather, Washington attempts to do too much with the amount that it spends on the military. America's policy of promiscuous foreign intervention would be foolish even if it was not costly. But it is both.

Should a Transhumanist Run for US President?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

I'm in the very early stages of preparing a campaign to try to run in the 2016 election for US President. I'll be doing it as a transhumanist for the Transhumanist Party, a political organization I recently founded that seeks to use science and technology to radically improve the human being and the society we live in.

Panetta Recycles the Same Tired Criticisms of President Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 12.07.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Panetta doesn't spell out just exactly how big a U.S. military presence he says should have stayed in Iraq. That's the first question he leaves dangling. And there are others. What would they actually do once there? Namely who would they fight?

NATO Summit Delivers

Joe Cirincione | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Obama's opponents have cynically treated these challenges as political footballs, sweeping them into their relentless narrative of a weak, vacillating and dangerous president and a feckless NATO. But NATO's leaders impressively rallied around the administration's plans, approving a sweeping series of actions that should -- but probably won't -- quiet the critics.

America's Alliance With Australia Is a Boon for Asia

John Kerry | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
John Kerry

Since the dawn of the 20th century, Australia and the US have stood together with a shared vision for a free, peaceful and prosperous world. Today we reaffirm our confidence that the relationship will continue to be a force for good in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, and the world.

The Right Didn't Mind When Bush Paid A Ransom To Terrorists

The Daily Beast | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

The Bowe Bergdahl story moves to the hearing stage this week, so we’ll be treated to the sight of preening House Republicans trying to press Defense...

Will Modi's India Reinvent International Relations?

Cleo Paskal | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Cleo Paskal

Those looking to explain Modi's India with labels like 'right-wing' or 'religious fanatic' are going to find themselves stymied. So, what will India's foreign policy under Modi look like?

Congress Helps End Decade-Long Land Dispute

AP | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) — The Marine Corps and off-road vehicle enthusiasts will share a rugged patch of desert near the military base at Twen...

Lessons From the Diamond

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 05.06.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Naphtali Hoff

Sometimes, we are forced to react, to await the pitch that is heaved our way and decide what to do with it. We can let an opportunity pass by with the hope of getting a better one, or we can jump on the first one that we see and make the best of it.

Challenging a Client's Story

Joel Cohen | Posted 06.28.2014 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Any client, but particularly a criminal client, wants his lawyer to believe him -- whether or not he is being honest with him. If in fact the client i...

This Spy Plane Outlasted The Cold War, But Defense Cuts Are Threatening Its Future

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U-2 spy plane outlasted the Cold War, outlived its successor and proved crucial a half-century ago when two superpowers were o...

Gov20LA Addresses Data Security Risks

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 06.15.2014 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

After the alarming gap in one of the Internet's key security methods *Heartbleed* was announced, even organizations that have taken precautions ...

As Violence and Hate Increase in Burma, Business as Usual for the US

Tom Andrews | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Today Defense Secretary Hagel is hosting the Defense Minister of Burma among others to discuss the Obama administration’s commitment to “peace and security” in the region. But there is no peace and security for the ethnic minorities in Burma.

The Pentagon Must Rethink Its Outdated Security Theory, Independent Review Finds

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent review triggered by the Washington Navy Yard killings last year says threats to Defense Department personnel and fa...

The People Who Think We Don't Spend Enough On Defense Are Dead Wrong, Experts Say

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics

Those who think we don't spend enough on defense are dead wrong, according to a new poll. In conjunction with Foreign Policy, the Snap Poll of the...

What's Wrong With Russia?

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Patrick Stephenson

Russia is acting like a traditional predatory nation-state. It's trying to increase its wealth, expand its influence and maximize its power. The problem is that we seem surprised.

Rep Says Congress Must Bite The Bullet On Military Budget

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers need to drop parochial interests and make tough decisions about U.S....

The Best Free-Agent Defensive Players Still Available

Ben Berkon | Posted 03.23.2014 | Sports
Ben Berkon

The top-six free-agent defenders have long been off the market, with Juan Uribe's glowing 15 DRS and 35.3 UZR/150 leading the way.

Hagel Move Undercut By Really Bad Timing

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AP) — Moments before he launched a carefully planned pep talk to members of the Air Force's nuclear missile force,...

Stop the Army From Copying Marines' Missions

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Instead of allowing the Army to become a second Marine Corps in Asia to retain excessive budget and force levels, the Army should keep only its existing missions and accept reduced funding and quantities of troops.