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6 Lessons Military Families Can Learn From the Movie Titanic

Janine Boldrin | Posted 05.04.2014 | 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 05.04.2014 | 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 05.02.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 04.27.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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 04.20.2014 | 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.

A War Isn't Over Till It's Over

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Any substantial threat to the United States that emanates from Afghanistan or Pakistan can be dealt with from outside either country by America's global intelligence and military capabilities.

Drone Warriors

Carl Pettit | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Carl Pettit

Drones have their place, and in future wars might even become instrumental in massive assaults on enemy positions. Even so, a measured use of this technology should be the guiding rule by which a democracy abides.

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.