Michelle Howard Navy’s First Female 4-Star Admiral

Michelle Howard has become the highest ranking woman in the history of the US Navy–and the US military, period.

On Veterans, Crime, Timing, and “Other Than Honorable” Discharges

For veterans who get in trouble with the law, *when* they commit a crime can have profound implications on their future. Does this make sense?

WWII Vets Lobotomy Story: Tragic But Not Scandalous

Some 2000 veterans of World War II were lobotomized by the VA. That’s awful but not outrageous.

Defense Bill To Be Rammed Through Without Debate or Amendment

Democracy was nice while it lasted.

On Iran, Diplomacy Beats Containment, And Containment Is Smarter Than Military Action

There are many choices in dealing with Iran’s nuclear program there are many choices, but some are better than others.

No Fighter Escorts For Santa

You know the Defense budget is getting tight when we can’t spare a few measly fighter planes to escort an imaginary character.

The Dumbest Argument for Restoring the Draft Yet

Dana Milbank offers a nonsensical reason for denying our youth the freedom to choose their own path.

U.S. Challenges China’s Claim Of Expanded Air Defense Zone With B-52 Patrol

China sends a message, and the U.S. responds. What happens next is anyone’s guess.

Army Looking for a Few Average-Looking Women

A leaked internal email has the Army in hot water with feminists.

Four Women Complete Marine Infantry Training; Marines Deem Pullups Too Dangerous for Women

The juxtaposition of two stories in the Marine Times strikes me as odd.

Military Benefits vs Military Readiness

Without hard choices on pay and benefits, the Pentagon will have to make big cuts in readiness.

No, America’s Generals Aren’t Planning a Coup

A bizarre hit piece in National Journal gives the false impression that our military leaders are considering removing the president.

Pentagon Accused Of Moving Slow On Same-Sex Spouses Based Overseas

For some same-sex couples with a military spouse, living together on base is proving difficult to implement quickly.

White Male Privilege Exists, Defense Department Points Out

A Pentagon Equal Opportunity training manual points out the obvious.

Review: Bacevich’s Breach of Trust

My review of Andrew Bacevich’s latest book, Breach of Trust: How Americans Failed Their Soldiers and Their Country.

The Shutdown and the Damage Done

My latest for The National Interest, “The Military and the Shutdown: Assessing the Damage,” is out.

Really, Really Unessential Government Personnel

90 percent of DoD civilians will go back to work soon. What message does that send?

Defense Department To Recall Most Furloughed Civilians Back To Work

The Pentagon is recalling up to 300,000 furloughed civilian employees on the same day that Congress voted to pay all furloughed employees when the government reopens.

NFL Games for Deployed Troops Stopped During Shutdown

The NFL donates its game broadcasts to troops deployed in harm’s way but they still won’t get to see them during the shutdown.

Army Cracks Down on Tattoos

My latest for Defense One, “The Army’s Misguided Crackdown on Tattoos,” has posted.

Syria and Civil-Military Relations

My latest for The Atlantic, “It Isn’t the Military’s Place to Weigh In on the Syria Debate,” has posted.

Obama’s Syria Plan As Confused As Ever

President Obama’s plans in Syria are as unclear as they were before he spoke last night.

Public Remains Deeply Opposed To Military Action In Syria

Even before the Russian curve ball, the public opposition to military strikes on Syria was mounting.

Syria And The “Isolationist” Smear

Opposing interventionism and unnecessary and unwise military engagements is not isolationism.

Are The Russians About To Outsmart Obama And Kerry On Syria?

A throwaway comment by John Kerry in London has led to some interesting diplomatic developments.

Obama Facing Uphill Battle Over Syria Resolution

Heading into an intense week of Congressional lobbying, the odds still seem against the Administration on Syria.

DoD Needs Real Strategic Review

“No More Baby Steps,” my first piece for Defense News, has posted.

Taking Away Assad’s Spoon and Giving Him a Fork

f Assad is eating Cheerios, we’re going to take away his spoon and give him a fork.

Can War Compete with Football, iPhones, and TV?

President Obama is trying to launch a war but there’s a lot of competition for attention.

Vote Counts In Congress Not Looking Good For President Obama

With Congress coming back Monday, the prospective vote counts are decidedly against authorizing military force against Syria.

What Would Obama Do If Congress Says No On Syria?

Given that the vote count seems to be heading that way, this is a question worth examination.

No House Vote On Syria Resolution If Votes Aren’t There?

Would House Republicans really defer from voting on a Syria resolution to prevent embarrassing the President on the world stage?