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American Airstrikes Hit Afghan Hospital, Killing At Least Nineteen


Your tax dollars at work.

Obama Appoints Openly Gay Army Secretary; Nobody Cares


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


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

Lindsey Graham Promoted Twice As Absentee Reservist


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


The Defense Department is working to fully integrate transgender troops.

Four Marines Killed In Shootings At Chattanooga Military Sites

Chattanooga Shooting

Tragedy in Tennessee.

Army Drops ‘Army Strong’ for . . . Nothing


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

MARSOC Now Officially ‘Marine Raiders’


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


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

U.S. Tank Lithuania

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


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


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


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

NFL Military Tribute

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

US Afghanistan

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

Iran Nukes

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


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

Fort Hood Victims Awarded Purple Heart


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

Iran Nukes

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

Bowe Bergdahl

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

Afghanistan Troops

America’s longest war continues.

Yes, Veterans Should Pay Taxes. And We Do!


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

Dakota Meyer Engaged to Bristol Palin


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

Tom Cotton and Mutiny

House Foreign Affairs Committee

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


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.

Crafting Defense Strategy from an Astrategic Security Strategy


The last of my four pieces analyzing the revised National Security Strategy has posted at RealClearDefense.

Obama To Seek Authorization For A War That He Already Started

Obama Syria

President Obama will ask Congress to authorize a war he started six months ago.

Sending Arms To Ukraine Is A Foolish Idea

Russia Ukraine Flags

Pressure is building on the Administration to send military aid to Ukraine, but it would be a very bad idea.

Report: Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion, Unlikely To Serve Time In Prison

Bowe Bergdahl

Reports indicate that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is likely to be charged with desertion for leaving his post in 2009, but he’s unlikely to serve time in prison.

Petraeus Committed Felonies, FBI Finds


David Petraeus provided highly classified secrets to his mistress. Will he be charged?

Army Investigation Of Bowe Berghdahl Referred To Top General

Afghanistan Captured Soldier

The Army’s investigation of the disappearance five years ago of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been referred to a top General, who will decide if a court martial should be convened.

In Responding To North Korea’s Cyber Attacks, The U.S. Has Limited Options

North Korea

There’s not a whole lot the United States can do to respond effectively and proportionally to North Korea’s hacking attack against Sony.

Did 24 Help Make Torture Acceptable?


In the wake of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on C.I.A. torture, some have suggested that eight years of Jack Bauer helped make torture more acceptable to the American public.

Iraq And Afghanistan Wars Cost $3 Trillion


The costs of more than a decade of war are far higher than many ever thought, and we’re still paying the price for the fiscal irresponsibility of the Bush Administration while they were being fought.

The Amorality Of Dick Cheney And The Right In Response To The Truth About C.I.A. Torture

Dick Cheney

Vice-President Cheney’s amoral defense of torture has come to define how most conservatives view the issue, and that’s a problem.

Senate Intelligence Committee Report Reveals A Dark and Regrettable Time In American History


A dark and regrettable time in American history is finally seeing the light of day.

Navy Strips Bill Cosby of Honorary Rank


The Navy has stripped Navy veteran Bill Cosby of an honorary promotion in the wake of unproven sexual misconduct accusations.

Ashton Carter Appears To Be Pick To Replace Hagel At Pentagon


CNN is reporting that Ashton Carter, who formerly served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2011 until just last December and Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics prior to that, will in all likelihood be named to replace Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense: Washington (CNN) — Ashton Carter, the former second-in-command at […]

Hagel’s Dismissal A Reflection Of Contradictory Policy

Chuck Hagel

The abrupt departure of Chuck Hagel says much more about Administration policy than it does about Chuck Hagel.

Ted Cruz Wants Joe Lieberman For Defense Secretary


  The junior Senator from Texas thinks he knows who Obama should pick for Secretary of Defense: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a person in mind to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Joe Lieberman. Cruz floated the former Connecticut independent senator as a “strong” option to succeed Hagel, who announced his resignation earlier Monday. […]

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Stepping Down “Under Pressure”

Chuck Hagel

A surprising change at the top of the military’s civilian chain of command.

America’s 500th Drone Strike


The shocking has become routine. We’re no safer because of it.

House Intelligence Committee Benghazi Report Debunks Benghazi Conspiracy Theories


The House Intelligence Committee has concluded that the conspiracy theories regarding the 9/11/2012 attack in Benghazi are not supported by the evidence. That’s unlikely to change anyone’s mind, though.

Quietly, Obama Decides American Forces Will Continue To Engage In Combat In Afghanistan After 2014

Afghanistan Troops

You thought the American combat role in Afghanistan would end on December 31st? Think again.

ISIS’s New Beheading Video; Casus Belli, Or A Trap?

ISIS Map Iraq Syria

The latest ISIS video is horrible and barbaric but we should not take the bait they are offering before considering the consequences of our actions going forward.

Many Potential Allies In The Fight Against ISIS Have Already Been Lost

Iraq Map

As many observers have pointed out, one of the keys to defeating ISIS on the ground, especially in Iraq, involves enlisting the support of Sunni tribes that have been alienated by the Iraqi Government. Toward that end, the United States and other powers spent the better part of the summer working on convincing Iraqi political […]

‘Fortunate Son’ At The Concert For Valor. Not ‘Anti-Military,’ But Completely Appropriate

Bruce Springsteen Dave Grohl Zac Brown

Some people didn’t like the song selection at last night’s Washington, D.C. concert for Veterans Day.

Obama Authorizes 1,500 More U.S. Troops For ISIS Fight

Barack Obama

Mission creep.

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