I was reading, with great interest, the announcement that the U.S. Navy has demonstrated a new electromagnetic "rail gun" that can shoot projectiles at Mach 7 for a distance of 100 miles. It's yet another milestone on the ever-increasing abstraction of warfare.
A few days ago, a good friend who'd served in the Navy told me that while he had nothing against gay people, he opposed letting them openly serve in the military "unless showering can be done in a more private way."
Just as massive deficits forced the conservative UK government to cut deep into its military programs, the United States will soon have to choose: Update its force structure or cling to obsolete Cold War posture?
The ability of the U.S. to project power around the globe and ensure peace through strength is largely dependent on the U.S. Navy and its core carrier battle groups being the superior force in the Pacific and worldwide.
It's easy to forget that there are real people who are deeply affected by our wars, people who don't have the luxury of tuning it out. The families of our soldiers live with the harsh reality every single day.