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What Would Clausewitz Do?

James A. Nathan | Posted 10.05.2014 | 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 10.04.2014 | 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 09.27.2014 | 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 09.21.2014 | 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.

Cindy Sheehan: Compassion, Courage, Conviction and Controversy

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Joanna Perry-Folino

The loss of a child is perhaps the most devastating loss a human being can suffer. The short and long term effects of the pain which affects a parent after the death of a son or daughter are unfathomable.

Surprise: U.S.-China Military Ties Are Actually Improving

Shannon Tiezzi | Posted 08.26.2014 | World
Shannon Tiezzi

Thursday marks the start of RIMPAC 2014, the largest naval exercise in the world. For the first time, China is among the participants in this U.S.-organized exercise.

A Tale of Government Contracting at Its Worst

Paul Alexander | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

A new controversy at the Department of Defense has raised troubling questions about competency, perhaps even national security.

'Silence Patton': First Victim of the Cold War

Robert Orlando | Posted 08.23.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Nearly 70 years after the untimely death of U.S. General George S. Patton, suspicions linger as to the nature and circumstances surrounding the demise...

Kerry in Iraq: Four Interviews -- and Fox News, Too

Dorian de Wind | Posted 08.24.2014 | Media
Dorian de Wind

Since the question as to what military action -- if any -- the United States will take in Iraq is on everyone's mind, the following are answers Kerry gave to questions directly or indirectly referring to that issue.

Who Won Iraq?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

"We" may not have "lost" Iraq, but can there be any question that Washington lost in Iraq? American goals in the region went down in flames in a fashion so spectacular, so ignominious, that today nothing is left of them. To the question, "Who won Iraq?" there may be no answer at all, or perhaps just the grim response: no one.

Obama Considers Special Forces To Help In Iraq

AP | By LARA JAKES and JULIE PACE | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering sending a small number of American special forces soldiers to Iraq in an urgent attempt to help the...

Chelsea Manning: The U.S. Military's War On Media Freedom

The New York Times | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics

WHEN I chose to disclose classified information in 2010, I did so out of a love for my country and a sense of duty to others. I’m now serving a sent...

Are American Soldiers 'Warriors'?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.12.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The farther we've come from our last great military victory, symbolized by the events of June 6, 1944, the more elevated the language for describing, or perhaps whitewashing, a new American way of war that, for pure failure, may have few matches.

In Quest of a Strategy

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

According to ancient legend, the Roman emperor Nero placidly played his fiddle while the great city burned down. I have the uneasy feeling our leader in the White House is engaging in a similar bout of escapism.

Operation Overlord and the Norfolk House

Michael Benson | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Michael Benson

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord - the invasion of Normandy by Allied forces - I am reminded of a powerful moment I experienced over twenty years ago in London as if it happened just yesterday.

We Sent Americans to Fight In Afghanistan; Blaming Bergdahl Doesn't Absolve Us Of Guilt

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Our nation sent its soldiers into a dangerous part of the world, knowing full well that Americans would not be coming back home. If you want to blame Bergdahl, please also remember to blame the country that sent its citizens to battle a determined and deadly enemy.

Navy Rejects Request For First Humanist Chaplain

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 06.04.2014 | Religion

(RNS) After the Army recently permitted “humanist” as a religious preference, many hoped a humanist chaplain might follow. But the Navy last we...