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America the Hammer

Bob Burnett | Posted 09.19.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Psychologist Abraham Maslow famously quipped, "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." It's the nature of American leadership: we hold the largest hammer in the world.

Lowering Sexual Assault on College Campuses and in the Military Starts in Elementary School

Mike Domitrz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Mike Domitrz

If we really want to reduce sexual assault in the military and on college campuses, the lessons of respect, consent and bystander intervention need to be instilled in elementary education through high school.

Washington State Rabbi Becomes U.S. Air Force Chaplain With Beard Intact

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.12.2014 | Religion

A Washington state rabbi didn’t have to split hairs when it came to joining the U.S. Air Force -- he came on board with his beard intact. Rabbi E...

College, Combat and Community Service: How 9/11 Changed My Life

Jacob Wood | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Jacob Wood

In 2014, I find myself on a new journey at Team Rubicon, still influenced by 9/11. I find myself surrounded by men and women that embrace the notions of courage, resilience, citizenship and commitment. These men and women did not stop serving when they took off the uniform.

An Open Letter to the White House on the Eve of Obama's Prime Time Speech

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

As an American citizen who one day hopes to become a public servant and who frequently monitors our nation's foreign policy, I continue to wish you and your colleagues in the State Department, Pentagon, and intelligence community the best of luck. America's security depends on the efforts that you make in the weeks ahead.

What the 'Do Nothing Congress' Is Doing on ISIL

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

It's one small piece of good news that some lawmakers, three Republicans and one Democrat, are trying to make sure that the people's representatives are expressing their Article I powers to the fullest extent possible.

A Navy SEAL Surfaces as Transgender

Christopher Murray | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Christopher Murray

Last year, following her retirement from the Navy in 2011, she came out publicly as a transgender woman. CNN which will air a powerful documentary about her life and transition on Sept. 4. I watched it last week sitting next to Ms. Beck at the back of a screening room at the Time Warner offices.

What Would MLK Say About Ferguson?

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 09.02.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

It is unfortunate that the media overplays "looting and rioting" much more than it covers the thousands who peacefully protest everyday for justice.

Iraq and Syria: What if Bombing Makes Things Worse?

Stephen Miles | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Stephen Miles

With more than 1,000 U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq, surveillance flights over Syria, and over 100 airstrikes launched in Iraq, it is time to start asking the hard questions about the latest U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.

Thousands Are Sexually Assaulted In The U.S. Military Every Year. These Are Some Of Their Stories.

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 08.29.2014 | Women

In 2009, Jessica Hinves, then an Air Force fighter jet mechanic, said she was raped by a member of her squadron -- a man she had considered a good fri...

The American Cult of Bombing

William Astore | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
William Astore

It's bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb if not (yet) Iran... then Iraq, or Pakistan, or Libya, or Yemen, or (insert intransigent foreign country/peoples here). And like cults everywhere, it's best not to question the core belief and practices of its leaders -- after all, bombs bursting in air is now as American as the "Star Spangled Banner."

The Islamic State Is 'Barbaric,' but What About the U.S. and Israel?

Craig Considine | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Craig Considine

An Aug. 12 headline from Fox News read "Islamic State's shocking barbarity prompts call for world to act." The sub-heading of the article went on to c...

High Praise for Robin Williams

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.14.2014 | Entertainment
Dorian de Wind

As retired military, I tremendously appreciate all Williams did for our troops and that he was my favorite actor and comedian -- a beautiful person whom I'll terribly miss.

What Would Clausewitz Do?

James A. Nathan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

A fair-minded review of the last 40 or 50 years reveals a painfully meager inventory of successes. Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (we can hope) are arguable exceptions.

RIMPAC in the Rear-View Mirror

Jon Letman | Posted 08.04.2014 | Hawaii
Jon Letman

This year's RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) maritime military exercises have ended, and any attention we've given the biennial war games will quickly turn elsewhere. But before we let RIMPAC drop from view, it's worth pausing to consider what we've just witnessed (or not witnessed, since most of the RIMPAC takes place out of sight).

Navy Vet Turned Teacher Simulates Homelessness For A Month To Raise Awareness, Funds

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact

Thomas Rebman said spending a month living as if he were homeless was the hardest thing he has ever done -- a profound statement coming from a vetera...

This Company Lures Needy Service Members Into Debt And Then Sues Them

Washington Post | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact

Army Spc. Angel Aguirre needed a washer and dryer. Money was tight, and neither Aguirre, 21, nor his wife had much credit history as they settled i...

The Military Battles Climate Change

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

With a nod to the fact that the conversation has reached a partisan and polarized level, the Board maintained that this tangible "national security concern" cannot afford to get bogged down by politics or budget wrangling.

U.S. Military Members Have Higher Rates Of Childhood Trauma: Study

Associated Press | Posted 07.25.2014 | Impact

CHICAGO (AP) — Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say...

The Bonus Marchers Anniversary and Veterans in America

Roger Fisk | Posted 07.22.2014 | Politics
Roger Fisk

Veterans and patriotism are almost interchangeable, but peeling away the veneer reveals the conflicted relationship America has with its vets.

U.S. Military May Be The Strongest Force In Battle Against Climate Change

Ryan Rafaty | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Ryan Rafaty

The most technologically advanced military in the world cannot afford to abandon scientific rationality when its fundamental power and interests are at stake.

Cost Of Military Jet Could House Every Homeless Person In U.S. With $600,000 Home

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact

It's no news that a large portion of our federal tax dollars goes towards defense spending. But your jaw might drop at the cost of the newest jet man...

One Crucial Factor We May Be Overlooking In How We Help Vets

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact

Sebastian Junger says many military members actually miss war when they return home, but what they miss most is the "opposite" of battle. The Ameri...

U.S. Discloses Secret Somalia Military Presence

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON, July 2(Reuters) - U.S. military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washingto...

How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really innovative work to support vets, and other American heroes.