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A Culture of Hypermasculinity Is Driving Sexual Assault in the Military

Michael T. Crawford | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Michael T. Crawford

When masculinity is defined by power and aggression, sexual violence is the result.

The Unforeseen Consequences of the Volunteer Army

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Recent episodes of random violence at U.S. Army bases, the latest at Fort Hood in Texas, have underscored one of the little-recognized and heartrending consequences of our reliance on a volunteer military to defend our country.

Fired Nuclear Commander Will Retire At Lower Rank After Alcohol-Filled Russia Trip

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two-star Air Force general fired last fall as commander of the nuclear missile corps because of alcohol-fueled misbehavior wil...

Veterans Build Touching Fort Hood Memorial From Scraps

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact

Bob Butler and Bob Gordon are proving a soldier's service to his or her country never truly ends. Butler is an Army veteran who lives just a few mi...

Female Military Officer, Chaplain, Wounded Soldiers Honored As Heroes In Fort Hood Shooting

Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact

Reports of bravery and heroism are surfacing after the Fort Hood shooting in Texas on Wednesday. The base commander, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, used the...

U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

Since its inception, U.S. Africa Command has consistently downplayed its role on the continent. Meanwhile, far from the press or the public, the officers running its secret operations have privately been calling Africa "the battlefield of tomorrow, today."

It Appears Iran May Be Building An American-Like Ship Just So It Can Blow It Up

The New York Times | Posted 03.20.2014 | World

Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that United States officials say may be intended to be blown up ...

Washington's Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

Since 9/11, the U.S. military has been making inroads in Africa, building alliances, facilities, and a sophisticated logistics network. Despite repeated assurances by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) that military activities on the continent were minuscule, a 2013 investigation by TomDispatch exposed surprisingly large and expanding U.S. operations.

Debt Collectors Targeting Members Of The Armed Services

Center for Public Integrity | Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics

By Daniel Wagner Center for Public Integrity Debt collectors are targeting members of the Armed Services by calling their superior officers, threa...

Martin Dempsey: NSA Leaks Will Cost Billions

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 03.06.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. military officer says it will take two years of study and billions of dollars to overcome the loss of security to mil...

6 Lessons Military Families Can Learn From the Movie Titanic

Janine Boldrin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Janine Boldrin

What happens next to service members and their families may not be that different from how the situation on the deck of the Titanic played out. When I watch Titanic, here's what I think.

If You Want to Cut Military Costs, End Military Discrimination

Carlos Harrison | Posted 03.04.2014 | Latino Voices
Carlos Harrison

The Department of Defense recognizes that it has a Hispanic retention problem. As any business operator knows, that's expensive. Losing a trained employee means they have to start over teaching a new one.

10 Leadership Lessons From U.S. Commanding General John E. Michel

Vala Afshar | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
Vala Afshar

Leaders realize it's about people, not things. When you work a lot with technology it can be easy to confuse priorities and become infatuated with the technology. Strong leaders put the people first and leverage technology to make them more efficient.

Battling Indefensible Cuts: Reduce Wasteful Defense Spending Instead of Troops and Benefits

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Steven Kurlander

Earlier this week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced an initiative by the Obama administration to significantly reduce military spending over five years.

Explaining America's New Place in the World

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I believe that President Obama is probably handling world events about as well as they can be handled. He seems to have a good feel for American public opinion. And he appreciates the complexity of the global order.

She Went Into Battle: Female Soldiers in the U.S. Military

Erin Lindsay McCabe | Posted 02.25.2014 | Women
Erin Lindsay McCabe

What I really want is for women to be part of the story from the outset, and for the world to know that they've been there all along. It's been a long time coming, for women to openly serve, but it's also part of a deep-seated tradition in this country.

Pentagon Top Brass Should Explain How This War Will End

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.25.2014 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

President Obama was right when he said "democracy demands" that all wars must end. Last month, he reaffirmed he wants to move America "off a permanent war footing" in his State of the Union address. Now is the time for senior Pentagon officials to explain the steps they'll take to get us there.

Joshua Hersh

U.S. May Risk Unintended Military Involvement In Syria

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.24.2014 | World

BEIRUT -- With the Obama administration facing intensifying pressure to consider new military-backed options for mitigating the humanitarian crisis in...

New Program Takes Big Step In The Fight Against Veteran Homelessness

Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact

A new residential treatment facility aimed at preventing homelessness among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan opened in San Diego on Monday...

Misremembering America's Wars, 2003-2053

Nick Turse | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

You don't need cybernetic eye implants and immersive propaganda portals to alter history. You don't need to wait decades to have disinformation beamed into your head. You just need a constant stream of misleading information, half truths, and fictions to be promoted, pushed, and peddled until they are accepted as fact.

This Could Provide More Effective Relief From Battlefield Gunshot Wounds

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.12.2014 | Impact

U.S. combat troops may soon benefit from faster and more effective relief from gunshot wounds on the battlefield. The U.S. Army has requested expe...

Few Service Members Who Commit Sex Crimes Go To Prison: Report

AP | RICHARD LARDNER and YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 04.11.2014 | Crime

TOKYO (AP) — After a night of heavy drinking at the Globe and Anchor, a watering hole for enlisted Marines in Okinawa, Japan, a female service membe...

Salt and Terror in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Kathy Kelly

Several articles on Afghanistan's worsening hunger crisis, appearing in the Western press, prompt readers to ask how Afghanistan could be receiving vast sums of non-military aid and yet still struggle with severe acute malnourishment among children under age five.

Military Core Values: They Don't Exist

Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff

Military personnel must understand values all Americans share, but recognize how their responsibilities change with their oath. Every military initiative in the area of morals and ethics must be grounded in the core values that flow from that oath.

Super Bowl XLVIII: Patrols, Pageantry and Patriotism

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.03.2014 | Sports
Dorian de Wind

As in all recent Super Bowls, the U.S. military will be an important part of Super Bowl 48, not only in helping with security -- both in the air and on the ground -- but also by contributing to the ceremony and spectacle of the game.