Retired Flag Officers Cashing In As Foreign Agents

An unsavory practice that’s mostly legal.

America’s Woeful Defense Industrial Capacity

Eighteen HIMARS and what do you get? Years older and deeper in debt.

Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo) Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo)

Military ‘Rushed’ Denials of Religious Exemption from COVID Vaccines

The Pentagon’s Inspector General is “concerned” over the pace of rejections.

Michael Langley Becomes Marines’ First Black 4-Star General

A major milestone has been reached.

Russia’s Absurd Demands for Griner and Whalen Release

Moscow is playing a very strange game.

China’s Worrisome Behavior

The competition is slowly ratcheting up.

Military Recruiting Woes

The US armed forces are looking for a few more good men and women.

Michael Langley to be 1st Black Marine 4-Star General

A long-overdue milestone has been reached.

Marine Force Design Has Been Debated

The service is taking a big risk but not without much discussion.

CDC Relaxes Mask Requirements (Again)

Most of us have suddenly gone from High to Low risk communities.

Generals Say Afghan Exit Would Have Been Smoother Had Biden Listened to the Generals

Two unclassified after-action reports shine a new—if one-sided—light on the evacuation.

Major Kimberly Bender, Director Air Force Public Affairs , Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, receives the first of two COVID 19 vaccine shots, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 29 Jan 2021. Major Kimberly Bender, Director Air Force Public Affairs , Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, receives the first of two COVID 19 vaccine shots, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 29 Jan 2021.

Military Vaccine Deadlines Pass

Some 98 percent of active service members are now vaccinated. The rest will be discharged.

Military Justice Reform Watered Down

The Pentagon brass have defeated a supermajority coalition in Congress.

The Phony-Tough and Crazy-Brave

Violence, masculinity, and American politics.

Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo) Airman 1st Class Thadyn DuPont, an aerospace medical technician with the 137th Special Operations Medical Group, prepares to administer a coronavirus vaccine for an Oklahoma National Guard soldier at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman, Okla., on Jan. 15, 2021. (Andrew LaMoreaux/U.S. Air National Guard photo)

Army to Separate National Guard Vaccine Refusniks

The next boot has dropped.

Stu Scheller’s Sideshow

The convicted criminal has taken his shenanigans to court.

Our Victory in Iraq

The wonders of hindsight.

The Kabul Attack Death Toll

What we know of the American servicemembers killed.

Terrorist Strike Hits Afghan Evacuation

Thirteen Marines and dozens of Afghan civilians are dead in a much-anticipated attack.

Major Kimberly Bender, Director Air Force Public Affairs , Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, receives the first of two COVID 19 vaccine shots, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 29 Jan 2021. Major Kimberly Bender, Director Air Force Public Affairs , Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, receives the first of two COVID 19 vaccine shots, Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 29 Jan 2021.

Mandatory Military Vaccinations Expected

It appears to be only a matter of time before the SECDEF orders active-duty troops to get the shots.

Marine Corps Major Arrested for Capitol Riot

A serving officer was arrested for his part in events of 6 January

George Shultz, 1920-2021

The longtime public servant has died, aged 100.

The Flynn Pardon

Perhaps the most normal thing President Trump has done.

Pentagon Policy Chief Ousted

The purge of non-loyalists continues.

Trump’s Bizarre, Anti-Veteran Rant

The Toddler-in-Chief strikes again.

Fear of a Black General?

My latest for Defense One.

When Equality is Unequal

Black football players at Iowa complain they were treated differently—and also the same.

Cops Aren’t Soldiers

The similarities are obvious. The differences are more important.

Wargaming During a Pandemic

My latest at War on the Rocks.

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Honestly without Anonymity

Can there be truth when there are consequences?

Dave Dilegge, 1956-2020

The founder of Small Wars Journal passed Saturday.

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, takes questions from the press at a coronavirus update briefing Saturday, March 14, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead) President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, takes questions from the press at a coronavirus update briefing Saturday, March 14, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Federal Government Far Behind States and Localities in Social Distancing

Most federal workers are still packing themselves into offices.

Worse Than 9/11 and the Great Recession Combined

The greatest crisis the nation has faced in my lifetime.

No, Mr. President, COVID-19 isn’t a Democratic Hoax

Donald Trump is once again trying to deflect reality.

Army Not Investigating Vindman

Tweets aren’t policy, unless they are.

Why Debating Defense Spending is So Hard

Nobody even agrees on what baselines to use.

Jim Lehrer, 1934-2020

A legendary newsman has passed.

Air Force Adopts ‘Indefinite Enlistment’ for NCOs

The newest branch of the US Armed Forces has made a long-overdue policy change that others should copy.

John Kelly Says He Warned Trump Of Impeachment If He Hired “Yes” Men

John Kelly, President Trump’s former Chief of Staff, is speaking out nearly a year after leaving office

Incoming Navy Chief to Retire After Scandal

Adm. William Moran had been set to become Chief of Naval Operations in three weeks.

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HASC Approves ‘Space Corps’ within Air Force

The Democratic-controlled House has settled on the worst possible option.

Congressional Oversight is not Overreach

While the scope of Federal power has expanded beyond the ken of the Framers, this is not an example.

Louis Levi Oakes, Last Mohawk Code Talker, Dies At 94

The last of the World War II code talkers from the Mohawk tribe has passed away at the age of 94

Trump Reportedly Will Pardon American Servicemen Convicted Of War Crimes

President Trump is reportedly planning to pardon several American servicemen convicted of war crimes, an action that would be an insult to everyone who has ever worn an American uniform.

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More “Fat Leonard” Fallout

The way the Navy and Congress have handled this has been abysmal.

Jefferson Davis Highway Slowly Going Away

Northern Virginia is slowly undoing an anachronism.

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Navy Chief: Get Past Ship Numbers

The raw number of vessels is not the best metric of naval power.

Trump Won’t Rebuild Military Bases if He Has to Rebuild Puerto Rico, Too

A months-long standoff is stopping hurricane relief.

Seth Moulton Enters An Already Crowded Democratic Field

Congressman Seth Moulton of Massachusetts is the latest Democrat to enter an already crowded field.