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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.

Women Will Be Placed In More Combat Jobs According To Military Plans

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Women may be able to start training as Army Rangers by mid-2015 and as Navy SEALs a year later under plans set to be announced by t...

Bold Reform Needed to Fix Military's Sexual Assault Problem

Derek Bennett | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Derek Bennett

We believe there must be a complete break with the status quo -- not simply changes around the edges -- to strengthen how the military responds to and handles instances of sexual assault.

Blowing Billions on Nukes to Fight the (Long Dead) USSR

Jon Soltz | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Jon Soltz

At a time when the budget is stretched to the breaking point because of poor decisions like the sequester, choices need to be made. If the choice is between taking care of our troops and veterans or protecting Europe from a ghost, it should be an easy choice to make.

A New Way for America

Sunil Sharan | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
Sunil Sharan

Two bruising wars have left America bankrupt and its military enervated. While our footprint might intoxicate Washington's elite and the military brass, our recent failures call into question whether America has over-extended itself.

Supporting the War Fighter

Mike Hogg | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
Mike Hogg

Service members with loved ones with chronic illnesses are dependent upon the military health care insurance company for treatments and therapies only found in the civilian sector. However, it has become an increasing practice for Tricare to deny military families benefits, leaving many in a precarious position.

Pundit Blames Gays In Military For Disturbing Recent Trend

Posted 06.04.2013 | Gay Voices

The 2011 repeal of the U.S. military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy has received almost unanimous praise from lesbian, gay, bisexual a...

Disturbing Military Problem Has Deep Roots

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Sexual assault occurs in myriad settings and the perpetrators come from every swath of U.S. society. Yet as recent incidents and reports m...

Iraq Veteran Congresswoman Condemns 'Predators' In Uniform

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) spoke out on Friday against the crisis of sexual assaults in the military, Hawaii News Now reported. Gabbard, who is...

The Art of War

Lisa Longo | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Lisa Longo

War should be noticeable. It should be about sacrifice. When there are men and women dying, we should be paying attention.

Final Salute: For Everyone Who Opened the Door

Marie Woolf | Posted 07.29.2013 | Books
Marie Woolf

Of the thousands of family members I worked with, what I found most surprising, and affecting, was their trust.

Help Me Give Back to Vets and Their Families

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey there folks, I'd like your help, if you're able, to raise money for nonprofits who work with veterans and military families. The Veterans Charit...

The Invisible War and Unlimited Power

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

On Memorial Day we honored those who died in war. We carry forth that honor by being honorable ourselves and by helping create and sustain a military culture as an honorable place to serve, a place where people honor each other's personhood and body.

Forty Years of Heartbreak: Let the People of Diego Garcia Return to their Homeland

David Vine | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
David Vine

It's long past time our country acknowledges its responsibility for the Chagossians' exile and ensures these demands are met. Especially compared to the billions we've spent on Diego Garcia, it would take pennies to help repair the lives of those who've suffered for the base.

War -- What Is It Good For? Some Memorial Day Reflections

Steve Heilig | Posted 05.28.2013 | World
Steve Heilig

It's said that everything looks like a nail if you're holding a hammer; the United States has long had many more "hammers" than it needs. I consider myself a patriot, but blind patriotism is really meaningless. We can both honor those who have sacrificed and do much better.