Trump Administration Set To Formalize Transgender Military Ban

The Trump Administration has reportedly finalized its order to the Defense Department regarding a ban on military service by transgender soldiers.

Trump And Afghanistan: New President, Same Policy

President Trump’s Afghanistan policy sounds awfully familiar, and it’s likely to lead to the same results.

Trump’s New Afghanistan Plan Sounds A Lot Like Obama’s And Bush’s Plan

Based on initial reports, Trump’s Afghanistan policy looks a lot like what we’ve seen for the past sixteen years.

Trump Suggests ‘Military Option’ In Venezuela

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

Transgender Troops Sue Trump Over Military Ban

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

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

Not So Fast On That Transgender Ban, Joint Chiefs Say

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

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

More evidence the president does not understand his job.

North Korea Launches Another Ballistic Missile Test

More provocation from Pyongyang.

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

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

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.

U.S. Carrier Group Moves Toward Korean Peninsula

A warning to North Korea.

Trump Orders Syria Strikes. So Now What?

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

The Buck Stops Elsewhere?

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

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

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’

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

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

Another General In Trump’s Cabinet

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.

Retired Generals Should Stay Out of Politics

My latest for War on the Rocks.

America’s Perpetual Wars

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

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

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

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

Too Many Generals?

My latest for The National Interest has posted.

Military Ends Transgender Ban

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

Marines Remove ‘Man’ From Most Job Titles

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

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?

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

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

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

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You’ve Thanked Us Plenty for Our Service

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?”

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

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

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

No, Democrats Aren’t ‘Screwing’ Military Voters

It’s hard to caucus away from home.

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

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

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

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?

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

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

Donald Trump displays some appalling ignorance about an important part of America’s military, but his supporters are unlikely to care.