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Do Military Chaplains Face Discrimination?

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 01.30.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Lawmakers peppered Pentagon officials on Wednesday (Jan. 29) about claims that military chaplains have faced discrimination for their...

When Good People Quit, It's Not Them, It's You

Renny McPherson | Posted 03.30.2014 | Small Business
Renny McPherson

Being self-critical is never easy, but it's paramount to understanding how your company is functioning, and what you can do to improve it.

Sikh Americans Remain Uncertain of New Pentagon Rules

Gurjot Kaur | Posted 03.27.2014 | Religion
Gurjot Kaur

Despite public heralding of the brand new Pentagon rules signaling a renewed commitment to religious accommodation, the rules actually generate more confusion than promise. The Sikh American community in particular wonders, what will America's military finally look like America?

What It's Like to Have a Friend in the Military

Justina Sharp | Posted 03.27.2014 | Teen
Justina Sharp

He's not the only one learning. Having a friend in the military changes a lot of things. You get really good at writing letters, a dying art. You get a little more patriotic. This, your friend, training to defend your country.

You Can Wear A Turban Or A Yarmulke In the Military Now

Reuters | David Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Pentagon took steps on Wednesday to give individual troops greater latitude to wear turbans, head scarfs, yarmulkes and other religiou...

Why the Military Needs to Rebrand Drones

Nathaniel Zelinsky | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Nathaniel Zelinsky

Despite being popular with the military, drones draw inordinate domestic and international criticism, not just because of what they are -- a new tool of war -- but what they evoke: the cultural anxiety of the machine as master.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? A Tale of America at War in the 21st Century

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

To use a sports analogy, if since 9/11 Washington has been the globe's cleanup hitter, it not only hasn't managed to knock a single ball out of the park, it's struck out enough times to make those watching dizzy, and it's batting .000. You;d think that someone in D.C. might have drawn a lesson or two from such a record, something simple like: Don't do it!

America’s Secret War in 134 Countries

Nick Turse | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

The Obama presidency has seen the U.S. military's elite tactical forces increasingly used in an attempt to achieve strategic goals. But with Special Operations missions kept under tight wraps, Americans have little understanding of where their troops are deployed, what exactly they are doing, or what the consequences might be down the road.

Military Investigates Marines For Allegedly Burning Iraqi Corpses (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)

Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Disturbing photos have surfaced allegedly depicting U.S. Marines burning the corpses of Iraqi insurgents, a crime that goes against both U.S. military...

The Campaign to End All War

Dennis Trainor | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Dennis Trainor

Originally Posted at AcronymTV In this interview with David Swanson, we discuss a campaign, still in its planning stages, to eliminate "the inst...

Memo to Robert Gates: Duty, Sir, Lies in Getting a War's Premise Right

Carla Seaquist | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

"Wars are a lot easier to get into than out of," Gates writes. Indeed! And the way to make wars much harder to get into is the requirement of an airtight premise, one worth dying for, one justifying the condolences to a dead soldier's family.

Gates Memoirs Illustrate How Militaristic the U.S. Has Become

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

If Biden was wrong about advocating a rapid U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan (and Iraq) and Obama was wrong in adopting the Afghan escalation without believing it, then the only viable option left was evidently escalating and being excited about it.

This May Help Military Keep Women In The Ranks

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) — Navy Cmdr. Valerie Overstreet wanted to start a family. But her job as a Navy pilot and the fact that she and her husband,...

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

Marine Corps Grants Hal Faulkner Tear-Inducing Last Wish

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Zaslow | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

The United States Marine Corps. has finally given a gay former sergeant the long-awaited apology he deserved. Hal Faulkner, 79, joined the Marines...

Slicing Up the World Like a Pie

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The ambitiousness of the creeping decision to bring every inch of the planet under the watchful eyes of U.S. military commanders should take anyone's breath away. It's the sort of thing that once might only have been imaginable in movies where some truly malign and evil force planned to "conquer the world" and dominate Planet Earth for an eternity.

America's Black-Ops Blackout

Nick Turse | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

For more than a month, I waited for answers. I called. I left messages. I emailed. I waited some more. I started to get the feeling that Special Operations Command didn't want me to know what its Green Berets and Rangers, Navy SEALs and Delta Force commandos -- the men who operate in the hottest of hotspots and most remote locales around the world -- were doing.

U.S. Steps Up Military Deliveries To Iraq To Help Fight Against Al Qaeda

Reuters | Posted 03.08.2014 | World

WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday that the United States is accelerating its deliveries of military equip...

Mental Health Ought to Matter More Than Uniforms

Melody Moezzi | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics
Melody Moezzi

Far too many state and local governments fail chronically and miserably at addressing the mental health concerns of their citizens. The federal government needs to consider the serious consequences of underestimating the mental health crises facing our military and prison system today, and step it up.

Our Overseas Military: Yet Another Blue Christmas

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.23.2014 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

I hope that those such absences at Christmas time will be few and far between and that next Christmas -- or the Christmas thereafter -- when they listen to or sing the hauntingly beautiful words from "I'll be home for Christmas," it will finally not be "only in [their] dreams."

South Sudan: Will It Turn Into Another Somalia?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 02.23.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Two and a half million people died before South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, became independent in July 2011. But in just one week, fighting spread among former liberation leaders, thrusting the country into the cusp of a civil war.

Climate Change This Week: Arctic Thermal Hole, Megadrought Now? and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 02.18.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Find the news below grim? Remember that you can make a difference by switching to clean energy, whether or not you own a home. Check out how others ar...

America's Child Soldiers

Ann Jones | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Ann Jones

The JROTC program, still spreading in high schools across the country, costs U.S. taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually. It has cost some unknown number of taxpayers their children.

America's Global Military Footprint, Seen From Above

empire.is | Josh Begley | Posted 12.14.2013 | World

How do you measure a military footprint? In people? Dollars? Space? This website is an ongoing attempt to map one aspect of that question -- by visual...

Not Quite as Titillating as 'The Handshake' or 'The Selfie' or...

Dorian de Wind | Posted 02.11.2014 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Military working dogs -- or dogs in general -- and young children seeing their military parents (sometimes for the first time) return home from military assignments are some of my favorite subjects.