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Everest Climber Alison Levine: Don't Fear Failure

GlassCeiling.com | Posted 08.29.2014 | Women
GlassCeiling.com

We need to be more failure-tolerant of ourselves and of those around us, because a lack of that tolerance stifles progress and innovation and prevents people from taking risks. So it's not necessarily fear of the risk itself that holds people back -- it's the fear of failure.

Who Fired Live Rounds in West Point? The Answer Matters for Liberians

Sabrina Karim | Posted 08.29.2014 | Media
Sabrina Karim

In a country like Liberia, it matters who fires live rounds. It matters who uses less lethal means to control crowds. It matters who is present when things go awry. The reputation of an entire institution is at stake. Because, in Liberia, where mistrust of the government runs deep, incidents can be used to fuel the flame for future violence.

Beacon Art Creates Bronze for West Point

Jack Meyer | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
Jack Meyer

Beacon Art Shortwave Gallery, located in the bucolic seaside hamlet of Stone Harbor, NJ, is home to a diverse array of contemporary artwork. Gary Jacketti, a classically trained sculptor, founded Beacon Art in 2009. His latest masterpiece, Goodbye, is a tribute to US military families.

Barack Obama: A Foreign Policy That Fails by Trying to Do Too Much

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The ultimate folly is the belief that people are infinitely malleable, that Americans have been anointed to shape and mold humanity against its will, and that there is nothing which cannot be achieved through a few bombing runs, an occasional invasion, and a thorough military occupation. Real leadership means being prepared not to get involved. Real leadership means not being flattered into war by other states proclaiming America's indispensability in solving their problems. Real leadership means allowing, indeed, expecting, others to take control of their own destinies. Foreign policy is a difficult business. In practice the administration has been foolish and feckless, often blundering along even when it has made the right decision, such as not to attack Syria. And its desperate desire to do something risks drawing it in by increments, a serious danger in Iraq today.

Time for America's Middle East Allies to Forge Their Own Destinies

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

The United States should use the 300 soldiers who are on their way to Iraq to stiffen its allies spines and to generate collective action to fight the forces of evil now set loose in the Middle East. America can help with this endeavor, but the heavy lifting must be the responsibility of America's Middle East Allies.

Gender Equity Can Make America Competitive

Eve Ellis | Posted 08.20.2014 | Business
Eve Ellis

In his recent address at West Point, President Obama said the U.S. must always be a leader. And yet, leaders of U.S. corporations, so far, have seemed complacent with a lagging status quo.

Branding Terrorism for What It Really Is

Matt Freear | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Matt Freear

Al Qaeda might have been "decimated" yet our fear of terrorism remains a specter that haunts our way of life, hindering our Constitution and foreign policy. We still allow easy cliches, propaganda and generalizations to decide our actions and obscure a way forward.

Paris Wants to Know: Where is U.S. Leadership in the World?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

While in Paris this week someone asked me when the U.S. will take a leading role in helping to resolve any number of the world's ongoing crises -- from Syria to Ukraine to the Central African Republic. My reply was that this will not happen for several reasons.

What Americans Get That the Foreign Policy Elite Doesn't

John Mueller | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
John Mueller

Over the last dozen years, American foreign policy has, in its most dynamic aspects, been an abject, and highly destructive, failure. But our self-perpetuating foreign policy establishment seems substantially incapable of fully appreciating the extent of the disaster.

Obama's West Point Address: So Much Criticism to Keep Track of

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If President Obama and his national security advisers in the administration were hoping that his commencement address at West Point would set the record straight on his view of the world, they will be sadly disappointed by the result.

Mixed Reactions To Obama's Foreign Policy Speech

C. Dixon Osburn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Politics
C. Dixon Osburn

In a commencement speech at West Point yesterday, President Obama argued for a balanced approach to foreign policy that deployed military force when U...

Fixing Our Foreign Policy: 12 Ideas From a Sometimes Critic

Richard N. Haass | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Richard N. Haass

Obama has been critical of his foreign policy critics of late, suggesting that they had little to propose other than military intervention. As a sometimes critic, I take exception to that charge, as I rarely support "boots on the ground," but do question the Obama administration both for what it is doing and not doing.

Stung By Criticism, Obama Preps Sweeping Defense Of His Foreign Policy

Reuters | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics

(Adds details about Syria) By Steve Holland WASHINGTON, May 24 (Reuters) - Stung by criticism, President Barack Obama w...

Soldier Pleads Guilty In West Point Videos Case

AP | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — An Army sergeant who had been accused of secretly photographing and videotaping at least a dozen women at the U.S. Military A...

Time to Send Congress to West Point

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

Is there any way -- any way at all -- to end the Congressional gridlock in Washington D.C.? A silver bullet to break down the silos of rigidly held convictions that continue to stymy the ability of America's elected representatives to compromise and solve the country's pressing problems

Climbing to the Top

Emmie Twombly | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Emmie Twombly

Alison Levine is an adventurer, explorer, sportswoman, entrepreneur and mountain climber. She captained the first American Women's Everest Expedition and recently released her book, On the Edge: The Art of High Impact Leadership.

Book Review: A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

Rob Taub | Posted 03.14.2014 | Books
Rob Taub

It's 1931 and Cora Blake is about to leave the United States for the first time in her life on a trip to Paris with four women she's never met. These...

Report Reveals Huge Problem In Military

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students at the U.S. military academies often believe they have to put up with sexist and offensive behavior, a Pentagon report fi...

Army Cadet Accused Of Emailing Child Porn

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A West Point cadet was arrested on campus Thursday and charged with distributing child pornography via email. Papers file...

West Point Hosts Its First Wedding Between 2 Men

AP | Posted 11.02.2013 | Gay Voices

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Two West Point graduates were married Saturday in the military academy's first wedding between two men. ...

Former Secretary Of State To Receive Big Award

AP | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WEST POINT, N.Y. -- WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright will receive the U.S. Military Academy's annual Thayer Awar...

West Point Combines Classes Amid Government Shutdown

AP | Posted 10.05.2013 | College

ALBANY, N.Y. -- ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Some classes at West Point are being combined or canceled and military faculty members are being forced to fill ...

Molly O'Toole

An Army Captain's Recurring Nightmare From Afghanistan

HuffingtonPost.com | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.27.2013 | Impact

"I'm gagged, I'm tied up, I can't speak. I'm in some sort of cave cell. And I see a girl in another corner of the cell, like a 7-year-old girl, and I ...

What Soldiers Can Learn From Diplomats in War Zones (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Nicholas Kralev

The U.S. military is "not very adept" at understanding foreign cultures and has relied on the Foreign Service to provide those skills in war zones says Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

I Want to Apologize to West Point

Charles Clymer | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
Charles Clymer

I apologize for the misinformation. I apologize for misinterpreting the West Point PAO's statement. You see, last time the Academy said "misconduct," it was a glossing-over and dismissal of the very definition of sexual harassment committed by the Academy's rugby team in emails.