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Why Would Atheists in the Military Want Their Own Chaplains?

Chris Stedman | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion
Chris Stedman

The debate over humanist chaplains in the military has been heating up recently. Last week, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins offered several of the most common sentiments held by those who oppose the effort to create this resource for nonreligious members of the military.

Interview: Swords to Plowshares

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Jordan Towers, Social Media Coordinator for Swords to Plowshares, talked about how the org has provided core services, like housing, employment, and training to vets since 1974.

Remembering the 'Forgotten War'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

It has been 60 years since the end of a war that many Americans call "The Forgotten War." While the Korean War may be for many "a conflict fought...

Mystic Chords of Memory and the 'Heroes' of War

Franz-Stefan Gady | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Franz-Stefan Gady

When I first arrived in America a few years ago, one of the first things I noticed was the road name, Jefferson Davis Highway. For a moment, I wondere...

Military Sequester: False Savings, Real Debt

Hal Donahue | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The sequester is a Republican-demanded house of mirrors reducing national security while creating the illusion of short term saving by creating longer term, larger and more expensive debt. Troops and their families suffer at all levels.

The US Bogeyman in Post-Coup Egypt

James Dorsey | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
James Dorsey

The US reaction to the Egypt coup shows that its policy hinges on two ideas: democracy and stability, which constitutes the dilemma. As a result this perpetually causes it problems in the region.

War and the Afghan Shepherd

Ward Carroll | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Ward Carroll

My clearest view of the war and how it might turn out came during my days in Paktika Province near the border with Pakistan when I was embedded with elements of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division.

Planet Earth as a U.S. Military Base

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

In our time, the U.S. military has been sent into numerous wars, failed to win a single one, and created plenty of blowback. But hey, who has to win a specific war when it's "wartime" all the time?

Iraq Invades the United States

Eduardo Galeano | Posted 09.22.2013 | World
Eduardo Galeano

Many civilians, most of them women and children, were killed or maimed. No one knows how many, because tradition dictates tabulating the losses suffered by invading troops and prohibits counting victims among the invaded population.

Taxpayers Funding Swanky Mansions For Top Military Brass

latimes.com | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics

A Pentagon report questions the high costs of villas and mansions for top generals and admirals. ...

WATCH: The Military and Intelligence: Out of the Shadows

Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact

This livestream is part of our coverage of the Aspen Security Forum. For more from the series, click here. DATE: July 20, 2013. TIME: 3:30p – 4:3...

'Conscience Protections': Death of the Military Chaplaincy?

Tom Carpenter | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Many military chaplains celebrated the recent finding that DOMA was unconstitutional, not just because as a matter of justice, but also because overturning this law will make their jobs much easier. Some conservative chaplains who serve an important function supporting these commanders do not agree. Why?

Sport And Society for Arete

Richard Crepeau | Posted 09.15.2013 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

Over the last few years, with the Vietnam War fading into history and the military draft a thing of the past, the relationship between the general population of the United States and the U.S. Military has changed considerably.

The Amazing Story Of A Real Life Hostage Rescue

Thomas R. Combs | Posted 09.12.2013 | Fifty
Thomas R. Combs

September 1970. Within an hour of landing our C-130's in England, we were airborne and heading south. I stood in the flight deck as the navigator ripped open a sealed envelope and read it over the intercom to the rest of us. Terrorists had hijacked a commercial airliner and flown it to the desert somewhere in the Middle East.

Solar Impulse Lifts Solar Industry to New Heights

Rhone Resch | Posted 09.11.2013 | Green
Rhone Resch

Someone once said: "Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need." Without question, the pilots of Solar Impul...

Four Misconceptions About Being in a Military Family

Morgan Kistler | Posted 07.11.2013 | Parents
Morgan Kistler

There's more to being a military family than what meets the eye. Every single year during transfer season your heart breaks. It breaks when you watch your children say goodbye to their best friends, and when you say goodbye to your best friends.

Read On and Move Forward if You Are a Veteran

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, VA doctors have told me that no one goes to war and comes back unchanged. Readjusting to civilian life can be challenging no matter where you are; at home, in the workplace, or at school.

Military Pay Errors Leaving Some Soldiers Broke

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

As Christmas 2011 approached, U.S. Army medic Shawn Aiken was once again locked in desperate battle with a formidable foe. Not insurgents in Iraq, o...

Sizing U.S. Military Forces: How Much Is Enough?

D. Robert Worley | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
D. Robert Worley

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is now established in his new position. He is facing some critical personnel issues. He cannot ignore these systemic issues, but neither can he ignore his responsibility to manage the postwar drawdown of military forces.

NYT: U.S. Mulls Speeding Up Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Reuters | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - The United States is considering speeding up its planned withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, including a ...

The Vets Challenge Was About Giving Back

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.02.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, a big congratulations to all the Teams who participated in the Veterans Charity Challenge over on CrowdRise. As many of you know, I gave $50k t...

Preparing to Go to War With China

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

Although Air-Sea Battle is often criticized as being a plan without a strategy, it actually reflects a major strategic shift, namely, to defeat China rather than accommodate its rise as a regional power. Air-Sea Battle goes way beyond the containment strategy employed against the USSR.

Dear Love: Modern War Letters

Sarah McCoy | Posted 08.27.2013 | Women
Sarah McCoy

My husband is an Army physician deployed to a military field hospital in the Afghani desert. With satellites providing Internet, we really are afforded half a dozen different means of correspondence. It's vastly different from days gone by when loved ones put pen to paper.

Big Improvements in VA Self-service for Disability Claims Processing

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.20.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

You can use something like TurboTax to do your own taxes. You get the right records, and use their software to submit an entire package. Veterans Affairs is now deploying something real similar.

Fresh Thinking on U.S. National Security Policy

William Astore | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
William Astore

How about some truly fresh thinking on national security? Here are five ideas that are more visionary than anything our sclerotic and self-absorbed bureaucracy will ever produce.