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Iraq: 10 Years After, Have We Learned a Thing?

Michael S. Lofgren | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Michael S. Lofgren

On the decennial of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the persons responsible have shown remarkably little guilt over launching an unprovoked war of aggression, even when the lamentable results might be expected to give one pause to rethink the enterprise.

Military Chaplains -- Treating PTSD at the Battlefield

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Chaplains have direct access to our troops, as they are experiencing trauma, whether it be sexual trauma or the result of a physical injury on the battlefield.

Our Military Family, Our Reality

Amy Bermudez | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Amy Bermudez

While my husband was deployed, money was no longer tight. Yes, during that year, my husband was being compensated, and rightly so. How much would you expect someone to be paid for giving up things that can't be given back?

China and the U.S. Buy Guns

Jonathan Moyer | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Jonathan Moyer

That is certainly the takeaway from the recent news cycle, which has identified an increase in Chinese military spending at the People's Congress and a decline in U.S. military spending due to the "sequester." But what are the broader trends and implications of these shifts in military resource allocation?

Unhollowing the Force

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Is it not ludicrous to try to ease our budget problems on their backs? Why not shrink the force to numbers that can be managed -- not merely from a training standpoint, but from a perspective of properly caring for those who perform society's most onerous job?

Military Plane Crashes In Washington State

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

SEATTLE, March 11 (Reuters) - A military plane assigned to a Washington state Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island crashed on Monday morning, base sp...

I Eat for America

Crazy Legs Conti | Posted 05.07.2013 | Weird News
Crazy Legs Conti

The Nathan's contest is the Tour de France, the Masters, and the Super Bowl rolled into a hot dog bun. I've been fortunate to be at the final table for a decade. Where can eating too many hot dogs get you?

A World War II Veteran's Lost Diary Finally Comes Home

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.06.2013 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

As soon as Wayland saw and read the diary, she knew she had a treasure in her hands, but one that had to be returned to Nowak's surviving loved ones. This became Wayland's mission -- her noble obsession.

Is the War on Terror Worth the Price?

Dennis Trainor | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

When one considers how completely out of whack our defense budget is in the post 9/11 age of perpetual war, the cuts will still leave us with a military budget that dwarfs all other countries combined.

General: Enemies Shouldn't Assume Budget Cuts Are Causing Military Setbacks

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A senior U.S. general is urging Congress to resolve the uncertainty surrounding the military's budget, but he cautioned U.S. enemies in ...

Our Homeless Female Veterans: All Too Often, a 'Double Betrayal of Trust'

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

In his foreword to the "2011 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress," released in November 2012, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun ...

At Least One Thing Is Safe From Budget Cuts

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel lamented $46 billion in automatic defense budget cuts as "abrupt and arbitrary" but expressed confide...

Sequester, Our Military, and the Confused GOP

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

On the dawn of sequestration, Republicans are still in deep disagreement over how it will affect our military, and in even deeper disagreement over how to handle it. One thing they do seem to agree on, though, is that they aren't willing to close corporate tax loopholes to avoid it.

Decapitating Defense

Christopher Holshek | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The demise of defense is an historic opportunity as well as an inevitability. Managed the right way, it could lead to better peace and security, for example, by breaking us of our habit of seeing everything as threats and throwing money at them.

U.S. Army Offers Path To Citizenship

AP | SUSANNE M. SCHAFER | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Carolyne Chelulei came to the United States from Kenya on a student visa for a college education, but now the Army is offeri...

Drones: What Are We Doing to Ourselves?

Ethan Casey | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Ethan Casey

I don't have much to say about drones that isn't being said, except that -- as my late grandmother, may she rest in peace, would have put it -- they're just plain wrong.

WATCH: How DOMA Still Hurts One Gay Military Couple After DADT Repeal

The Huffington Post | Glennisha Morgan | Posted 02.21.2013 | Gay Voices

On the heels of the one-year anniversary of the end of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," U.S Marine Corps Captain Matthew Phelps made history when he became th...

An Interrogation Center at Yale? Proposed Pentagon Special Ops Training Facility Sparks Protests (Democracy Now!)

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Students and alumni at Yale University are organizing against a proposed campus center to train Special Operations Forces in interview techniques. The...

NATO Chief Says Defense Cuts Could Compromise Safety

AP | DON MELVIN and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 02.21.2013 | World

BRUSSELS -- The head of NATO urged member countries Thursday to stop cutting their defense budgets in response to tough economic times, saying continu...

From Hotels to Bands to NASCAR, Plenty of Room to Cut Military Budget Without Compromising Security

Brian Levin | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Cutting money does not spur doom and gloom just as throwing money at a problem will not fix it. What matters is whether money is spent effectively.

The SEAL Who Killed bin Laden and the Consequences of Early Military Separation

Kerry Patton | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Kerry Patton

Just because you killed Osama bin Laden, seized tons of illegal narcotics or rescued hundreds of lives in a natural disaster, it does not mean you will gain monetary income for life through the government.

What's With Our Foreign Policy?

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Joseph Blady, M.D.

Tonight's State of the Union address will focus on domestic issues. This is understandable, as we've got plenty of problems at home that we can address and over which we have some measure of control.

Pentagon Drones

Jeff Danziger | Posted 04.14.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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An Oscar Vote for Justice

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 04.13.2013 | Entertainment
Kerry Kennedy

I urge every American to watch The Invisible War and hear the stories therein. And to those few in the position to influence this year's Oscar considerations, I urge you to consider what your vote in the documentary category can mean for America

Ask What You Can Do for Your Country: Combating Climate Threats to Our National Security

Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip | Posted 04.10.2013 | Green
Lt. Gen. Norman R. Seip

Growing conflicts over water and food, refugees fleeing storm-battered regions, and other impacts of climate change-related events worldwide threaten our nation's security. They also put our soldiers in harm's way.