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Air Force Lifts Requirement For Enlistees To Say ‘So Help Me God’ In Oath

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Earlier this month, I noted the case of an unnamed member of the Air Force who had been denied reenlistment because he declined to say “so help me God” at the end of his enlistment oath. As I noted at the time, while this language is set forth in the statute that creates the oath, […]

Obama Must Be Honest About The Possibility Of American Ground Troops In His War Against ISIS

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President Obama is still insisting that his war against ISIS will not require American ground troops. He’s not being honest with the American people.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Doesn’t Rule Out U.S. Ground Troops In ISIS Fight

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So much for the President’s promise about ‘no ground troops.’

Iran And The U.S. On The Same Side Against ISIS?

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Iran and the United States are on the same side in the fight against ISIS, whether they like it or not.

President Obama’s Misplaced Trust In The “Moderate” Syrian Rebels

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After keeping his distance from them for three years, President Obama is placing much misplaced hope in the “moderate” Syrian rebels,

Does The Army Still Have a Race Problem?

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The Army brass is worried about its diversity in critical mid-level posts.

Obama’s Anti-ISIS Coalition Seems To Exist Only In His Mind

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Despite the President’s assurances of an international coalition, the rest of the world doesn’t seem all that interested in joining the fight.

Obama’s Flimsy Legal Case For War

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The Obama Administration’s legal justification for war against ISIS is laughably flimsy.

Congress Ready To Abdicate Its Responsibility On Attacks Against ISIS

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Congress seems ready to avoid having to vote on expanded attacks against the Islamic State

Army Can’t Track Spending On Program That’s Supposed To Help It Track Spending

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In a tale that seems it’s right out of Catch-22, the Army apparently cannot track spending on a project that is designed to help it track spending: More than $725 million was spent by the Army on a high-tech network for tracking supplies and expenses that failed to comply with federal financial reporting rules meant […]

Airman Reportedly Denied Reenlistment For Failing To Say ‘So Help Me God’

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It would appear that someone needs to introduce the Air Force to Article VI of the Constitution.

US Airstrikes Weaken ISIS, Strengthen Militias

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Massive US intervention has for now liberated Amerli, averting humanitarian disaster. Another crisis looms.

Congress Must Vote Before We Expand The Attacks On ISIS

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As talk begins of expanding the war against ISIS into Syria, it is becoming long past time for Congress to exercise its Constitutional function.

GAO: Obama Broke The Law In Bergdahl Release Deal

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The General Accounting Office confirmed what seems clear to anyone who can read a statute.

Hillary Clinton Attacks Foreign Policy She Helped Create And Implement

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Does Hillary Clinton remember that she was Secretary of State for four years?

The Case Against American Action In Iraq

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Iraq’s problems cannot be fixed by the United States.

Obama’s Iraq Policy Is Open-Ended, Directionless, And Likely To Fail

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President Obama doesn’t seem to have any idea what he wants to do in Iraq.

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIS In Northern Iraq

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For the second time in just over ten years, the United States is involved in military action in Iraq.

Viet Xuan Luong Becomes First Vietnamese-American General

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Viet Xuan Luong pins on a brigadier general’s star today, becoming the first Vietnamese-American officer to achieve that rank.

GOP Congressman: DREAMers Cannot Be Trusted To Serve In The Military

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Once again, Republicans demonstrate why they have problems with Latino voters.

U.S. Army General Killed, 15 Others Wounded, In Insider Attack In Afghanistan

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An American Army General has apparently been killed in an insider attack by someone dressed in an Afghan military uniform who opened fire at a base in Kabul: KABUL, Afghanistan — A United States Army major general was killed on Tuesday by an Afghan soldier, shot at close range at a military training academy on […]

Theodore Van Kirk, Last Surviving Member Of Enola Gay Crew, Dies At 93

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The last surviving member of the crew that piloted the Enola Gay on August 6, 1945 when it dropped the first atomic bomb used in war in history on Hiroshima, Japan, has died at the age of 93: Theodore (Dutch) Van Kirk, the navigator and last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, the B-29 […]

In Defense of Professional Military Education

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My latest for RealClearDefense: “Senator Walsh’s Unrepresentative Black Mark on Professional Military Education”

Military Enlistment Rates by State and Region

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The South and Southwest have a much higher military enlistment rate than the Northeast.

The Commandant Didn’t Say What Everyone Says He Said

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James F. Amos, addresses a crowd of U.S. Marines and Sailors at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan Dec. 23. Amos expressed his admiration to the service members for their accomplishments and dedication to supporting the ongoing counterisurgency mission, especially while deployed during the holiday season.

My latest for War on the Rocks: “Don’t Believe Everything You Read in the Papers.”

Bowe Bergdahl To Return To Active Duty

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has completely his treatment and is ready to return to active duty: WASHINGTON — Six weeks after being released from five years in Taliban captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to return to life as a regular Army soldier as early as Monday, Defense Department officials said late Sunday. Sergeant Bergdahl has […]

Sending Europe Mixed Messages

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My latest for The National Interest, “Europe’s Free Ride on the American-Defense Gravy Train,” has posted.

Law Enforcement or War? Both!

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My latest collaboration with Butch Bracknell, “Ahmed Abu Khattala and the Miranda-Rights Question,” has posted in The National Interest.

U.S. Grounds Every F-35 After Fire

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The United States has grounded all of its F-35 aircraft after one was destroyed in a fire: WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has grounded its fleet of F-35 fighter jets after an incident in which one of them caught fire as it was preparing to take off at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, the Pentagon […]

William J. Crawford: No Ordinary Janitor

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Reflections on a story making the rounds this Independence Day.

SOCOM Chief’s Rise Not Swift At All

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And odd report from Washington Post and Stars and Stripes.

President Obama’s Plan To Arm “Moderate” Syrian Rebels Is A Bad Idea

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For some reason, President Obama wants to arm so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels.

ISIS Threatening To Open A New Front In Lebanon

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Is ISIS about to make the situation in the Levant even worse?

While We’re on the Subject of Indian Nicknames, Let’s Talk About the Army

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Native American names are everywhere.

Viewing the Sinclair Sexual Assault Case Dispassionately

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My latest for The Hill, co-authored with Butch Bracknell: “Explaining the Sinclair demotion.”

Army: No Evidence Bergdahl Aided Taliban During Captivity

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The U.S. Army is reporting that there is no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl aided the Taliban or committed any other misconduct during his five years in captivity: WASHINGTON—The U.S. Army said Wednesday that there is no evidence that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl engaged in any misconduct during his five years in captivity. Sgt. Bergdahl is […]

Rand Paul, Dick Cheney, And The Foreign Policy Battle Inside The GOP

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The Kentucky Senator and former Vice-President are at the front of a battle that will unfold inside the GOP as we head toward 2016.

Bowe Bergdahl Released From Hospital

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Three weeks after being released from a five year captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been released from an Army hospital in Texas into outpatient care: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been released from the Texas hospital he was admitted to when he arrived back in the U.S. more than a week ago, the Army said Sunday. Bergdahl […]

Former NSA Chief Cashing in Big as Cyber Security Consultant

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Retired General Keith Alexander is hawking his services to banks at princely sums.

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor, Dies at 90

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Stephanie Kwolek was looking for a way to improve tires. She invented a life-saving material.

Jeffrey Sinclair Busted From Brigadier General to Lieutenant Colonel [UPDATED]

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The Army is sending a strong message on sexual assault. It picked the wrong poster boy.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says There Is No Plan For Invading Canada

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The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the Staff wants to make it clear that we don’t have plans to invade our neighbors to the north: Wednesday’s hearing of the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee was informative on a great many serious subjects. It also revealed that the United States isn’t prepared to take aggressive action against its looming […]

Abdullah Abdullah Lodges Protest Against Afghan Presidential Vote

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The race to replace Hamid Karzai as President of Afghanistan had been going smoothly for the most part until Abdullah Abdullah, one of the top two candidates in the race, raised concerns about irregularities in the recently completely runoff vote. Now, the race has been thrown into chaos as Mr. Abdullah has launched a formal […]

Is The Iraq War To Blame For Iraq’s Current Crisis?

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Recent events in Iraq have opened up old domestic political arguments in the United States.

DoD Furloughs Hurt Morale and Retention

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Did sending some of its workforce home without pay impact the work environment at the Defense Department? Duh.

President Obama Must Not Act In Iraq Without Congressional Authorization

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If President Obama does decide to use military force in Iraq, he should be required to seek Congressional approval beforehand.

Obama Is Not To Blame For The Deterioration Of Iraq, And The U.S. Can’t Fix It

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Iraq is falling apart for reasons that have nothing to do with President Obama or his policies.

Bowe Bergdahl Back In The U.S.

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After more than a week in Germany, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been moved to a military hospital to continue his recovery: WASHINGTON — Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recovering in Germany after five years as a Taliban captive, returned to the United States early Friday to continue his medical treatment. A Pentagon […]

Fixing Military Sexual Assault the Right Way

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Retired Marine lawyer Butch Bracknell and I tackle the subject for The Hill.

Obama Should Own Bergdahl Decision

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My latest for War on the Rocks, “HAGEL: CLIMBING OUT FROM UNDER THE BUS,” has posted.

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