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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.

Public Skeptical Of Bergdahl Deal

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Thanks largely to Administration mistakes, the Bergdahl deal is not going over well.

Five U.S. Soldiers Killed In ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident In Afghanistan

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The U.S. suffered one of its worst days in the Afghanistan War in recent memory, and it wasn’t due to an enemy attack: KABUL, Afghanistan — Five American Special Operations service members and at least one Afghan soldier were killed when a coalition aircraft accidentally unleashed an airstrike on their position in southern Afghanistan, one […]

Guantanamo Bay Is Not Going To Close

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Mostly because of politics, the hopes of some and fears of others will never be realized.

More On Unlawful Command Influence

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There’s essentially no analogue in the civilian justice system. Here’s why.

Marine’s Sexual Assault Conviction Overturned Over Command Influence

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The President’s well-intentioned campaign against military sex crimes has backfired.

The Right Way To View The Bowe Bergdahl Deal

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Trying to make some sense out of a week of outrage.

Dianne Feinstein: No Evidence That Bergdahl Was In Imminent Danger

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While the Administration’s explanations for why it did not comply with the 30 day notice requirement for release of Gutantanamo Bay prisoners when making the deal that resulted in the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the one that they seem to be relying upon the most is the argument that the decision was made to […]

British WWII Vet Escapes Nursing Home, Heads To D-Day Anniversary Ceremonies

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A British veteran of World War II decided that nothing was going to keep him away from yesterday’s 70th Anniversary ceremonies in Normandy: LONDON (AP) — An 89-year old World War II veteran who was reported missing from a nursing home in England has been found in Normandy after traveling to attend D-Day commemorations, police said […]

At Normandy, Obama Continues A Tradition That Reagan Started

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For the fourth time in 30 years, an American President spoke at Normandy to honor a day of sacrifice and triumph.

Maybe It Should Have Been Easier For Bowe Bergdahl To Get Out Of Combat

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If someone had seen the signals, perhaps Bowe Bergdahl never would’ve wandered off base and gotten captured.

Jim ‘Pee Wee’ Martin Jumps into Normandy Again 70 Years Later

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On of the last surviving members of the “Band of Brothers” does it again.

Poll Shows Public Divided Over Bergdahl Release Deal

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The first poll released in the wake of the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the controversy that has arisen because of it shows that the nation is divided on whether or not the deal was a good idea: Voters are split over the Obama administration’s swap of five Taliban prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay for the release […]

Joseph Dunford Nominated as Next Marine Commandant

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Barring shocking developments, General Joe Dunford will be the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Why It Matters That Obama Didn’t Follow The Law In The Bergdahl Release Deal

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Good intentions and good results aside, the President’s disrespect for the Rule Of Law should concern everyone.

Chester Nez, Last Of The Navajo Codetalkers, Dies At 93

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Chester Nez, the last of the original Navajo Codetalkers, a group of Native Americans who provided a vital communications tool to the American military during World War Two, and a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor has died at the age of 93 The final member of the original Navajo code talkers, the group of […]

Taliban Release Video Of Bergdahl Transfer To Special Forces

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The Taliban have released a video that appears to show the turnover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. Special Forces: Reuters) – A dazed Bowe Bergdahl is led by two militants, one carrying a makeshift white flag on a stick, to a Blackhawk helicopter in eastern Afghanistan ending his five years’ in captivity, a video […]

What Bowe Bergdahl Deserves

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Not every soldier is a hero. Not even every POW.

Obama Was For Notifying Congress About A Deal For Bergdahl Before He Was Against It

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John McCain isn’t the only one who’s done a little flip-flopping on the whole issue of swapping Taliban Prisoners for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in recent years. Consider this from a White House Press Briefing on June 21, 2013: Q    Jay, going to back to Afghanistan, the Taliban has offered to release Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five […]

Did Obama Violate The Law With The Bergdahl Release? It Sure Seems Like It

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Good intentions aren’t an excuse for failure to follow the law.

John McCain Was For Trading Taliban Prisoners For Sgt. Bergdahl Before He Was Against It

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In the days since Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed from Taliban captivity in exchange for five prisoners held at the prison at Guantanamo Bay, one of the strongest critics of the deal has been Arizona Senator John McCain: Current and former U.S. officials welcomed the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in […]

Army Will Investigate Desertion Charges Against Bowe Bergdahl

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It’s good that Bowe Bergdahl is free, but questions remain about how he went missing that need to be answered.

Republicans Criticize Deal That Led To American P.O.W.’s Release

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Petty politics, or valid concerns?

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