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Just How Far Can North Korea’s Missiles Reach?

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This chart from al-Jazeera shows just how far the missiles that have been developed and tested by North Korea can reach: (click to enlarge) The unknown factor, of course, is whether any of these missiles can actually effectively deliver a payload to the areas that they might be able to reach.

Trump Suggests ‘Military Option’ In Venezuela

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More stupid, irresponsible rhetoric from the President of the United States.

Transgender Troops Sue Trump Over Military Ban

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Just about two weeks after being announced, the President’s proposed ban on military service by transgender troops is being challenged in Court.

North Korea Passes Key Nuclear Threshold

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Things are getting far more complicated on the Korean Peninsula. Diplomacy isn’t working, and a military option would most likely lead to disaster.

Majority Of Americans Oppose Trump’s Proposed Ban On Transgender Military Service

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A new poll indicates that a majority of Americans oppose President Trump’s apparent decision to ban transgender service members from the U.S. military: NEW YORK (Reuters) – A majority of Americans believe that transgender individuals should be allowed to serve in the military, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The July […]

Not So Fast On That Transgender Ban, Joint Chiefs Say

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The Joint Chiefs of Staff are making clear that President Trump’s tweets are not official policy. At least not yet.

Trump Announces Ban On Transgender Military Service

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A step backward on civil rights from a President who claimed he would be a friend to the LGBT community.

More Norm-Busting by the President

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More evidence the president does not understand his job.

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile Test

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More provocation from Pyongyang.

U.S. Led Coalition In Syria Killed Nearly 500 Innocent Civilians In One Month

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The current American-led campaign against ISIS in Syria has led to the deaths of nearly 500 civilians, according to a United Nations study: The US-led coalition killed nearly 500 civilians in one month in its pursuit of Islamic State militants in Syria, in what the United Nations has called a “staggering loss of life”. Some […]

Trump’s Military Advisers Want Him To Expand America’s Longest War

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America’s longest war is still going on, and President Trump’s advisers want him to continue his predecessor’s policies of continuing to re-expand American forces in a war that has seemingly no end.

Another North Korean Missile Test Fails As Tensions Continue To Rise

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The North Koreans failed to successfully test a longer-range missile again yesterday, but tensions on the Korean Peninsula seem destined to increase in any case.

Despite Reports, U.S. Carrier Was Nowhere Near Korea

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Just over a week ago it was reported that the United States was moving a carrier battle group headed by the USS Carl Vinson closer to the Korean Peninsula in response to increased provocation from the DPRK and the rumors that it would attempt some kind of demonstration as part of last weekend’s 105th anniversary of […]

U.S. Carrier Group Moves Toward Korean Peninsula

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A warning to North Korea.

Trump Orders Syria Strikes. So Now What?

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It’s not at all clear that there is a useful strategy at work here.

The Buck Stops Elsewhere?

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A new Pentagon proposal would place more discretion in the hands of field commanders, removing the need for Presidential approval.

Trump To Propose Massive And Unnecessary Increase In Military Spending

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Reports indicate that President Trump will seek to increase military spending. We don’t need to, and we can’t really afford it.

Military Judge Declines To Dismiss Case Against Bowe Bergdahl Based On Trump’s Comments

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A military judge has rejected a motion to dismiss the case against Bowe Bergdahl based on comments made by Donald Trump when he was a candidate for President.

Judge In Bergdahl Court Martial Calls Trump’s Comments About Case ‘Disturbing’

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Could Donald Trump’s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl on the campaign trail lead to the case against Bergdahl being dismissed? A military judge will have to decide.

Senate Approves Mnuchin For Treasury Secretary As Trump Cabinet Comes Together

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With two votes last night, President Trump’s Cabinet is coming together.

Another General In Trump’s Cabinet

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Three of the top four national security positions in Donald Trump’s Cabinet will be filled by retired Generals. This isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Trump Selects Retired General James Mattis As Secretary Of Defense

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President-Elect Trump has selected a retired Marine Corps General to lead the Defense Department: President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis to be secretary of defense, nominating a former senior military officer who led operations across the Middle East to run the Pentagon less than four years after he hung up […]

Retired Generals Should Stay Out of Politics

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My latest for War on the Rocks.

America’s Perpetual Wars

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President Obama will leave office as the first two term President who presided over eight years of war. It didn’t start with him and it won’t end with him.

Police Killing People with Drones

HUTCHINS, TX - JUNE 13: Dallas Police use a robot to gain access to an armoured van, which authorities believed was rigged with explosives, and was driven by a suspect who attacked Dallas Police Headquarters in Dallas, Texas, June 13, 2015. A lone shooter in an armored van, believed to be rigged with explosives, opened fire on the Dallas Police Headquarters early Saturday morning. The shooter reportedly unleashed multiple rounds and planted explosive devices around the station before leading police on a chase that ended in a standoff in the parking lot of a fast food resturant. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

The Dallas shooting spree ended with police killing the perpetrator with a drone. I’m okay with that.

President Obama Announces Yet Another Slowdown Of Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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American forces will continue to stay in Afghanistan well after Barack Obama leaves office thanks to a new policy announced today.

Marines Change Weight Standards to Reflect Modern Times

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Marines, especially female Marines, will be allowed to be heavier in the new year.

Too Many Generals?

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My latest for The National Interest has posted.

Military Ends Transgender Ban

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Unlike previous civil rights changes, this one came without much fanfare, fight, or even discussion.

Army to Allow Rolled Sleeves on Cammies Again

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After more than a decade, the Army is back to allowing soldiers to roll the sleeves of their camouflage uniform in garrison: The practice was banned for years. Then there was a pilot program. The results were studied closely. And on Tuesday, the Army is expected to announce its big decision: Rolled sleeves on camouflage […]

Marines Remove ‘Man’ From Most Job Titles

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The Marine Corps has removed the word “man” from nineteen of its military occupation specialty titles, leaving only a handful of iconic instances intact.

Senate Approves Bill Requiring Women To Register For The Draft

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The Senate has passed an amendment to a military spending bill that would require women to register for the draft.

Time for an American Foreign Legion?

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A respected scholar has an interesting suggestion for fighting the Forever War.

Bowe Bergdahl Trial Delayed Until 2017, But Donald Trump Could Wreck The Entire Case

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Bowe Bergdahl’s Court Martial has been delayed until 2017, which raises the possibility that comments by Donald Trump could result in Bergdahl getting off scot-free.

Rigor in Professional Military Education

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My latest for War on The Rocks, “Professional Military Education and the Rigor Problem, has posted.

You’ve Thanked Us Plenty for Our Service

Associated Press/Bob Daugherty, File - FILE - In this Jan. 12, 1991 file photo, Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf stands at ease with his tank troops during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. Schwarzkopf died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 in Tampa, Fla. He was 78. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty, File) l

My latest for RealClearDefense, “The Forgotten Veterans of Desert Storm,” has posted. The headline belies the argument.

Whatever Happened To That $6,000,000 Donald Trump Raised “For The Troops?”

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A month after raising $6,000,000 for “the troops,,” questions are being asked about where the money Donald Trump raised for veterans causes actually is at this point.

United States Putting ‘Advisers’ On The Front Lines In Nigeria’s War Against Boko Haram

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The U.S. is poised to send troops to the front lines of yet another war we have no reason to be involved in.

Ex-CIA Chief Says Military Would Have to Disobey President Trump

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Michael Hayden notes that many of Donald Trump’s foreign policy positions are illegal.

No, Democrats Aren’t ‘Screwing’ Military Voters

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It’s hard to caucus away from home.

U.S. To Deploy Troops To Combat Areas In Afghanistan, Reversing Policy

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American forces will be deployed to a combat area in southern Afghanistan, reversing current policy and calling the President’s promised withdrawal date into even further doubt.

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.

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