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Islamist Rebels Kidnap Over 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls

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This story out of Nigeria’s ongoing conflict with Islamist rebels doesn’t sound like it’s going to end well: (Reuters) – Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid, one of the survivors said on Wednesday. Gunmen suspected to […]

Brad Pitt To Play General Stanley McChrystal In Afghan War Movie

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The book that the late Michael Hastings wrote based on the time he spent following former Afghan War Commander General Stanley McChrystal is set to become a movie starring Brad Pitt in the role of the General who ultimately was forced to resigned due to his comments about civilian and military superiors: There are few […]

Edward Snowden Leaks Earn Pulitzer Prize For Washington Post, Guardian

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Thanks to Edward Snowden, the Washington Post and the Guardian are Pulitzer Prize winners.

NATO Commander Warns Alliance May Send Troops To Eastern Europe

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NATO may be preparing to send Russia a message.

Bill Clinton Has A Different Take On Edward Snowden Than Barack Obama

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Bill Clinton seems far more understanding of Edward Snowden than the current President

The Less Americans Know About Ukraine, The More They Support Intervening There

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Some interesting conclusions from the guys at The Monkey Blog: On March 28-31, 2014, we asked a national sample of 2,066 Americans (fielded via Survey Sampling International Inc. (SSI), what action they wanted the U.S. to take in Ukraine, but with a twist: In addition to measuring standard demographic characteristics and general foreign policy attitudes, we […]

Iraq Vet with Post-Traumatic Stress Kills Three, Wounds Sixteen at Fort Hood

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Yesterday afternoon’s shooting spree at Fort Hood appears to be a related to post-traumatic stress.

‘Active Shooter’ Reported At Fort Hood

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Local and national media are reporting an active shooter situation at Fort Hood, Texas: (KCEN) — We have reports of an active shooter on Fort Hood. We are getting reports of at least one person dead along with several injuries from this shooting. There is at least one patient being transported to the hospital. We are also […]

Jonathan Pollard To Be Freed As Part Of Middle East Peace Deal?

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Middle East peace talks are apparently in such bad shape that the U.S. is thinking of releasing Jonathan Pollard as an incentive to Israel.

Pentagon Orders Service Seals Off Wreaths Across America Trucks

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The DOD says Walmart was violating its trademarks.

Jeremiah Denton, Vietnam War Hero, Dies

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Jeremiah Denton, a Vietnam War hero and one-term US Senator from Alabama, has died. He was 89.

Pentagon Wants War Funding After Wars End

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The Pentagon wants to continue receiving special war funding well into peacetime.

Head Of House Intelligence Committee Leaving Congress For Talk Radio

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When rumors began to spread last night that Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers, who heads the House Intelligence Committee, would be leaving Congress some wondered whether he had reconsidered his decision not to enter the race for Carl Levin’s Senate seat. As it turns out, he’s leaving to go into the talk radio business: Rep. Mike […]

American Skepticism About Interventionism Is A Return To Historical Norms

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Americans are skeptical about getting involved in the Ukraine crisis. This isn’t a surprise.

No, Ukraine Should Not Have Been Allowed To Keep Its Nuclear Weapons

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Getting nuclear weapons out of Ukraine in 1994 was a good idea, not a mistake.

Army Starts Over on Cammo Search

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The Army’s search for yet another new camouflage pattern is back to square one. Army Times (“MultiCam maker: Camo talks broke down over cost“): Disagreements over fees for MultiCam, a top-performing contender to be the Army’s main camouflage pattern, have emerged as the main reason the Army has gone in search of a new pattern. […]

Obama Awards 24 Medals Of Honor To Overlooked Veterans

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Today at the White House, an historical error is being corrected: At the White House today, 24 people, three of them living, are receiving the Medal of Honor for their valor in wars of past decades. President Obama will present the awards in recognition of their actions in World War II, Vietnam and Korea. The […]

Hamid Karzai Says Afghanistan Doesn’t Need U.S. Troops To Stay After 2014

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Afghanistan’s outgoing President says that his nation doesn’t need American troops to stay after the end of the year.

No, Damn It, Army Generals Aren’t Exempt From Uniform Regulations

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When will BG Jeffrey Sinclair get an effing haircut?

Frederick Mayer, Real ‘Inglorious Basterd,’ Denied Medal of Honor Again

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A Jewish-American OSS hero has been denied the nation’s highest military honor.

Air Force Studying Using Electricity To Keep Troops Awake

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The Air Force is apparently looking at ways to keep troops awake that don’t involve caffeine: WASHINGTON — For some modern soldiers, caffeine is just not enough to stay vigilant, especially for the growing ranks of digital warriors who must spend hours monitoring spy drone footage and other streams of surveillance data. So the Pentagon […]

Army’s Top Sexual Assault Prosecutor Charged With Groping Colleague At Sexual Assault Seminar

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As if the military’s sexual assault problem weren’t already bad enough, the Army is dealing with new allegations regarding the person in charge of prosecuting sexual assault cases: The Army is investigating its top sex-crimes prosecutor on allegations that he groped a female lawyer at a sexual-assault conference in 2011, Army officials disclosed Thursday. Lt. […]

Carterization of Obama

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Barack Obama is no Jimmy Carter.

Overselling the Stakes in Crimea

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My first piece for The Hill, “Crimea is not Armageddon,” posted this morning.

Shorter John Kerry: How Dare Russia Do What We Did In 2003

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No, this is not from The Onion: Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia Sunday that it should rethink its military intervention in Ukraine, warning of possible economic consequences and embarrassment on the world stage. Tensions flared over the weekend as Russian President Vladimir Putin sought andreceived permission from his parliament Saturday to use military force to […]

Marines Roll Sleeves; Soldiers Roll Eyes

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Rolling up your sleeves is hard if you’re a Marine.

Will Fewer Soldiers and Marines Come with Fewer Wars?

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My latest for The National Interest, “Hagel’s Defense Cuts: The Least Bad Choice,” is out.

White House: U.S. Will Leave Afghanistan If Karzai Balks On New Troop Deal

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Hamid Karzai’s refusal to sign a new security agreement may result in all U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Pentagon Defies Congress with Budget Request

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Poking the eye of the institution that passes your budget is a bold choice.

H.R. McMaster Gets Third Star, Charge of Army Future

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A rather impressive recovery from a career that was mostly dead in 2007.

Do Women Make Better Military Helicopter Pilots?

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One in ten Army helicopter pilot is a woman, yet men account for 97% of injuries in helicopter accidents.

Rand Paul’s N.S.A. Lawsuit: Campaign Stunt Or Real Legal Threat? Does It Matter?

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If something is going to be done about an out of control National Security State, it’ll be because the American people demand it.

Soldiers and Priests: A Contrast in Professional Ethics

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My latest for The National Interest, “The U.S. Military’s Ethics Crisis,” has posted.

Boston Bomber Trial Set For November 3rd

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The date for the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been set: BOSTON — A federal judge here on Wednesday set Nov. 3 as the start of the trial for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is accused of the deadly bombing of the Boston Marathon last year. Prosecutors say Mr. Tsarnaev, 20, worked with […]

Obama’s Kill Rules Keeping Obama From Killing

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President Obama’s new rules for killing Americans with drones are proving inconvenient.

Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally Kills Pupils

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We’ve all had a bad day at work, but this was a really bad day at work: BAGHDAD — A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, […]

Sniper Attack On Power Station In California Raises Terrorism Threat

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Ten months ago, a group of people attacked a power substation in California. Who they were and why they did it remains a mystery.

Leroy Petry, Medal of Honor Recipient, Retiring from the Army

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Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, recipient of the Medal of Honor for gallantry in Afghanistan, is medically retiring from the Army.

TSA Touts Toothpaste Tube Terror Threat

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Just when it became safe to keep your shoes and tablets on, a new threat to the friendly skies has emerged: toothpaste.

Army Recruiting Fraud Scandal

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Hundreds of soldiers allegedly scammed a system that awarded bonuses for referring recruits.

Medal Fatigue

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The US military needs to cull and standardize its bloated award system.

Most Americans Now See Iraq And Afghanistan Wars As Failures

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Most Americans now see America’s decade of war as a failure.

92 Air Force Officers Suspended For Cheating On ICBM Exam

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For more than a year now, we’ve seen problem after problem make its way through the Air Force’s corps of officers charged with manning the underground bunkers from which Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles are launched. Entire squadrons have been relieved of duty for extended periods of time, and commanding officers have been forced into retirement. Now, […]

War As Aspirational

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Why do we persist in going to war?

Robert Gates: Invading Iraq Diverted Attention From The War On Terror

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Former SecDef Robert Gates is among those who believes that the Iraq War unduly diverted attention from fighting the War On Terror.

Robert Gates Hits Obama, Biden, Clinton In New Book, But Will Americans Care?

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A new book by former SecDef Robert Gates is making political waves in Washington power circles, but will it matter to ordinary Americans?

Violence In Iraq Is Not Obama’s Fault, And The Future Of Iraq Is Not Our Responsibility

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The Iraqis need to learn to govern themselves, and conservatives blaming President Obama for renewed violence need a history lesson.

Israel Appoints First Female Battalion Commander [UPDATED]

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The IDF has finally put a woman in command of a battalion. They’re decades behind American forces.

Al Qaeda Runs Falluja Now

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If you’re still not convinced that we lost the war in Iraq, this should settle the argument.

Marines Delay Female Fitness Standards

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The Marine Corps’ plan to make women take the same fitness test as men has hit a wee snag.

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