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Would Subjecting Women To The Draft Make War Less Likely? Of Course Not

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It’s been suggested that subjecting women to a possible draft would make leaders less likely to go to war. Unfortunately, there’s no reason to believe this is true.

Army And Marine Chiefs: Women Should Be Required To Register For Draft Just Like Men

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The Army Chief of Staff and Commandant of the Marine Corps told Congress that women should be required to register for the draft just like men are.

War Against ISIS Poised To Expand Into Libya?

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Get ready for an expansion of the war against ISIS into Libya, because it’s probably not far away.

U.S., South Korea Hint At Military Buildup In Response To Nuclear Test

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The United States and South Korea are hinting at increased military cooperation in the wake of last week’s North Korean nuclear test.

Donald Trump’s Nuclear Ignorance

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Donald Trump displays some appalling ignorance about an important part of America’s military, but his supporters are unlikely to care.

Bowe Bergdahl To Face Court Martial For Desertion, Endangering U.S. Troops

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a Court Martial for the circumstances that led to his being capture and held captive by the Taliban for five years.

Pentagon May Declare Sixth Domain of War, Because Why the Hell Not?

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For millennia,  warfare was conducted on the land or sea. About a century ago, we added a third domain, the air. Suddenly, we’ve gone domain happy, with the Air Force successfully lobbying to declare space and even “cyberspace” as separate domains. Now, there’s serious talk of declaring the electromagnetic spectrum its own domain, too. Mark […]

British Parliament Approves Airstrikes Against ISIS In Syria

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The British Parliament has approved expansion of that countries airstrikes into Syria, but it’s unclear just how much of an impact that will have on the ground.

Hillary Clinton’s Ideas On How To Fight ISIS Are As Incoherent And Flawed As Everyone Else’s

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Hillary Clinton’s recently announced policies toward the ISIS fight are as incoherent and misguided as President Obama’s and those of her Republican opponents.

Turkey Downs Russian Jet

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A potentially big complication in an already complicated situation.

Are The Intelligence Reports On ISIS Being Cooked, And If So Why?

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Disturbing reports over the weekend that American leaders may not be getting the kind of unbiased intelligence analysis about ISIS that they need to make decisions.

Even After Paris, A Syrian No-Fly Zone Is A Foolish Idea

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In the wake of the attacks in Paris, there’s a strong impulse to do “something,” but that doesn’t mean we should do something utterly foolish. And a no-fly zone would be utterly foolish.

You Can Forget About Obama’s Promise To Close The Guantanamo Bay Prison

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President Obama is set to sign a military spending bill that effectively guarantees that his 2008 campaign promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will go unfulfilled.

Russia Appears Ready To Deliver Sophisticated Anti-Aircraft System To Iran

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With the Iran nuclear deal in place and sanctions being slowly lifted, Russia is announcing that a stalled weapons deal with Tehran is moving forward: MOSCOW — Russia’s most senior arms executive said Monday that a contract to supply Iran with powerful S-300 air defense missiles was now active. But with no delivery date or […]

Ben Carson Made False Claims About Being Offered West Point Scholarship

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Ben Carson’s campaign now admits that he fabricated a key portion of his biography.

President Obama Likely To Leave World In As Bad A Shape As He Found It, If Not Worse

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President Obama came to office inheriting the legacy of one unnecessary war, and another that had faded from memory. He will leave office with Iraq and Syria in crisis, Europe uneasy, Yemen and Libya unstable breeding grounds for terrorism, and China doing whatever it is they’re doing.

Despite Previous Promises Not To Do So, Obama Is Putting Boots On The Ground In Syria

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Another day, another military escalation in the Middle East.

Obama Considering Plan That Would Get U.S. Ground Troops Closer To Front Lines In ISIS War

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President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would put American forces much closer to the ground war in the war against ISIS.

U.S. And Russia Reach Deal On Syrian Airspace

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The U.S. and Russia have reached a much-needed deal to avoid inadvertent confrontations over the skies of Syria.

This is Why Civilianizing Military Justice Can Work

Last week, War on The Rocks published my essay with James Weirick entitled “SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE MILITARY AND THE UNLAWFUL COMMAND INFLUENCE CATCH-22.” They followed it with a response by Charlie Dunlap, formerly the number two lawyer in the Air Force, titled “CIVILIANIZING MILITARY JUSTICE? SORRY, IT CAN’T — AND SHOULDN’T — WORK.” Yesterday […]

U.S. To Halt Withdrawal Of Forces From Afghanistan

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The plan to withdraw nearly all American forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2016 is being put on hold.

Taking Sexual Assault Prosecution Away From Military Commanders

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In which I change my mind on an important topic.

Obama Considering Plan To Keep U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Past 2016

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President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would keep up to 5,000 American troops in Afghanistan past the withdrawal date he had already set.

American Airstrikes Hit Afghan Hospital, Killing At Least Nineteen

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Your tax dollars at work.

Obama Appoints Openly Gay Army Secretary; Nobody Cares

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Eric Fanning will be the first openly gay service secretary. WaPo (“Obama to nominate first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army“): President Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of […]

The Dangers of Relying on Airpower Alone

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My latest for War on The Rocks, “The Inter-Service Wars Are Looking Like Calvinball,” has posted.

Lindsey Graham Promoted Twice As Absentee Reservist

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Lindsey Graham recently retired as a colonel in the Air Force Reserves after 33 years of service. His missed most of the last twenty.

US Military Ends Transgender Ban

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The Defense Department is working to fully integrate transgender troops.

Four Marines Killed In Shootings At Chattanooga Military Sites

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Tragedy in Tennessee.

Army Drops ‘Army Strong’ for . . . Nothing

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The nine-year-old ‘Army Strong’ ad campaign is ended.

MARSOC Now Officially ‘Marine Raiders’

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Marine special operations forces have called themselves “Raiders” for years. Now it’s official.

Radical Overhaul of Military Pension System Doesn’t Go Far Enough

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My latest for The National Interest, “America’s Military Needs a New Retirement Plan,” has posted.

U.S. Poised To Store Military Equipment In Eastern Europe, Baltics

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In what seems to be a clear signal to Russia, the U.S. is considering pre-positioning military equipment in nation’s very close to Russian borders.

Air Force Says ISIS Has Poor OPSEC, Demonstrating Poor OPSEC

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An Air Force general is bragging about a targeting technique being used against ISIS.

Marine Fighting for Right to Post Bible Verses in Violation of Direct Orders

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A woman discharged from the Marine Corps for violating multiple direct orders is fighting to the highest military court.

Navy Secretary Doubling Maternity Leave to 12 Weeks, Lowering Weight Standards

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Ray Mabus is trying to make serving in the Navy and Marine Corps more attractive to women.

Pentagon Paid N.F.L. For Tributes To Troops

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The tributes to the troops you see during N.F.L. games were most likely bought and paid for with your tax dollars.

U.S. Forces In Afghanistan Involved In More Than Just Counterterrorism Despite Obama’s Promises

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U.S forces in Afghanistan have been involved in missions that go far beyond the counterterror mission the Obama Administration said they would be limited to.

Rubio’s Israel Litmus Test For An Iran Nuclear Deal Is Foolish And Unrealistic

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Conditioning an Iranian nuclear deal on recognition of Israel is foolish, unrealistic, and very bad diplomacy.

No, the Army Isn’t Refusing to Treat Combat Wounds as Combat Wounds

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Fox News’ Catherine Herridge is creating a scandal where none exists.

Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Heart

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Nidal Hasan’s victims were finally awarded the Purple Heart yesterday. CSM (“Fort Hood shooting: why it took five years to award victims Purple Hearts“): More than five years after psychologist Nidal Hasan, then a US Army major, went on a shooting spree killing 13 people and wounding 30 others, the military victims of his rampage […]

Sen. Tom Cotton Thinks War Against Iran Would Be Easy And Painless

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One freshman Senator seems to think that war with Iran would be easy, just like Republicans used to think that war against Iraq would be easy.

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion, Other Offenses As White House Narrative Collapses

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Bowe Bergdahl will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, and the White House’s narrative about this release lies in tatters.

Obama To Slow Withdrawal Of American Forces From Afghanistan

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America’s longest war continues.

Yes, Veterans Should Pay Taxes. And We Do!

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Alec MacGillis argues for Slate that “Veterans Should Pay Taxes Like Everyone Else.” I agree!

Dakota Meyer Engaged to Bristol Palin

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A headline I did not expect to see, courtesy the Army Times: “Dakota Meyer engaged to Bristol Palin.”

Tom Cotton and Mutiny

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The president is the commander-in-chief of the US armed forces. He’s not commander-in-chief of the United States.

David Petraeus Pleads Guilty To Sharing Classified Information

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The most widely honored General from the Iraq and Afghanistan War has plead guilty to sharing classified information with his mistress.

Authorizations to Unlimited Military Force

FRANCE 24 | Screen grab of map showing areas controlled by the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq 14 October 2014

Daniel Larison is far less ambivalent about our war on ISIL than me.

Obama’s ISIL AUMF A Convenient (But Necessary) Excuse

Obama talks about a three-year limit on the authorization of the use of military force against the Islamic State in legislation he is sending to Congress, during his remarks from the White House in Washington

Explaining my ambivalence around the latest escalation in our intervention.

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