SFC Leroy Arthur Petry, Medal of Honor Recipient

Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Arthur Petry will become the ninth Medal of Honor recipient for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan–and one of only two who lived to tell the tale.

Don’t Draw Dicks on Latrine Walls

This is a male latrine, there shouldn’t be any drawings of dicks.

Blue Angels Chief Relieved

Commander Dave Koss, the head of the Navy’s Blue Angels, has “voluntarily” resigned after repeated unsafe maneuvers.

Allen West: Anti-War Congressmen Should ‘Get Shot at a Few Times’

Allen West says Congressmen who oppose the war in Afghanistan should go over and “get shot at a few times and maybe they’d have a different opinion.”

House Bars Ground Troops in Libya

The House of Representatives has voted 416-5 for a resolution prohibiting President Obama from sending ground troops to Libya

China is Not Our Enemy

The Navy’s director of warfare integration says China is a “smart and learning enemy.”

Don’t Blame Obama For The Death Of The War Powers Act

It has now been 60 days since American involvement in Libya commenced. Congress has failed to act, and that’s their fault.

The Army and Change

General Donn Starry and the Army of the 1970s.

The Navy SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden

Video of the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden

War Powers Act and Illegal Wars

Is the war in Libya illegal?

Desert Storm Syndrome

Technology has saved the lives of countless American soldiers. But it’s made going to war easier.

Navy Chaplains May Perform Gay Marriages

The Navy is considering allowing its chaplains to perform same-sex marriages once “Dont ask, Don’t tell” ends.

Why Would Petraeus Take CIA Job?

Why would David Petraeus take the thankless job of running the CIA?

Bin Laden Op “Geronimo” Codename Offensive?

Congress is getting complaints that calling the Osama raid “Geronimo” is offensive to Indians.

Stealth Blackhawk Helicopter Used in Osama Raid

There has been some buzz on the national security backchannels that a heretofore secret “stealth” helicopter was used in the SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistan hideout.

Panetta to Pentagon; Petraeus to CIA

CIA director Panetta to take over Pentagon; Petraeus to be nominated for CIA

Obama vs. Pentagon on Libya

The Pentagon is frustrated that the Obama administration doesn’t “seem to understand what military force can and cannot do.”

Robert H. Lister: The Rest of the Story

What ever became of Private Robert H. Lister of the 165th Infantry?

Military-Academic Conflict

America’s war colleges have some problems but we can’t close them.

Pentagon Report “Doubts” Some Comments Attributed To McChrystal By Rolling Stone

A Pentagon investigation was unable to verify some of the comments attributed to General Stanley McChrystal in Rolling Stone last year. That doesn’t mean he’s been cleared, though.

Women in Combat: Changing Rules for the Wrong Reasons?

It may be time to change rules keeping women out of combat roles. But “fairness” isn’t the right question.

Law of Remote Control War

The law of war is not fully clear when applied to modern conflicts.

Petraeus Predicted Afghanistan Debacle in 1987

David Petraeus’ 1987 PhD dissertation:After all, if a country with relatively few public opinion concerns or moral compunctions about its tactics cannot beat a bunch of ill-equipped Afghan tribesmen, what does that say about the ability of the United States — with its domestic constraints, statutory limitations, moral inhibition, and zealous investigative reporters — to carry out a successful action against a guerrilla force?

War Isn’t for Everyone

My first piece for The American Conservative, which they’ve titled “War Isn’t for Everyone–The military needs civilian control, not citizen soldiers,” is in the May issue.

Gates Hints U.S. Could Stay In Iraq, But It Looks Like The Iraqis Don’t Want Us

Defense Secretary Gates hinted this week that the U.S. would stay in Iraq if the Iraqis wanted. It doesn’t seem like they do.

Libya: You Fight Like You Train

Continuing problems with the coalition operation in Libya reinforce an old military adage: You fight like you train.

Wait, I Thought The President Said “No Boots On The Ground” In Libya

Remember when President Obama said there would be “no boots on the ground” in Libya? You didn’t actually believe that, did you?

Terry Jones and What We’re Fighting For

The duty to defend “hateful, extremely disrespectful, and enormously intolerant” expression.

DoD Spending $600,000 on Sculpture of Fairy Riding Toad

Department of Defense (DOD) employees moving into a new building this fall may start their days walking past a sculpture of a toad with a ten-foot fairy on its back.

NATO Airstrike Kills Libyan Rebels

A NATO airstrike killed 13 rebel fighters, who were mistaken for Gaddafi’s forces. Apparently, they were shooting at NATO planes.

No Boots on The Ground

To honor the administration’s “no boots on the ground” statements, all covert U.S. personnel in Libya will work barefoot. – Jim Geraghty

U.S. Moves To Aid Libyan Rebels As Evidence Mounts Of Their Ties To Al Qaeda

The U.S. seems to be on the verge of changing war strategies in Libya, even as it becomes clear that these rebels aren’t necessarily our friends.