Recent articles from Stephen Carlson
151 Years Ago, General Sherman Gave America Its Best Definition Of War
Read Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's response to the mayor of Atlanta and several city councilmen begging mercy for the city during the Civil War.
How Mandatory Military Service Started In The Civil War
On July 7, 1863, the first draft took effect in the North during the Civil War. It was a disaster.
What Changed And What Stayed The Same: How 2014 Impacted The Veterans Community
2014 was a year that brought many veterans issues into the spotlight after more than a decade of war.
The Man Who Killed The Bill To Combat Veterans Suicide
The long-delayed Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act failed to pass in the Senate, and departing Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn is the man to blame. Veterans are not likely to forget it.
‘Let The Damn Army Clean Up The Mess:’ An (Almost) Story Of Suicide
I nearly died by suicide in 2009. I don’t know how you can fight something like that, and maybe you can’t.
Who Is Ash Carter And Why Does He Make Sense As Defense Secretary?
In these days of international turmoil and budget woes, Ash Carter may be exactly what the Department of Defense needs.
The Story Behind The First Submarine To Sink A Warship
The Civil War resulted in many naval innovations, from sea mines to ironclads, but the first successful use of a submarine to sink a warship may have been the most revolutionary of them all.
The Committees That Oversee Military And Veterans Affairs Will See Big Changes
Here is a rundown of the likely changes to come with the 114th Congress.
Gear & Tech
The Man-Portable Rocket Launcher That Could Destroy A City Block
During the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Army deployed a nuclear-tipped rocket launcher that could be carried by a fire team.
Meet The 8 Post-9/11 Veterans Just Elected To Congress
These 8 veterans will be heating things up in Congress next year.
Is The Pentagon’s New Survey On Sexual Assault Too Graphic?
A new sexual assault survey is raising concerns over the explicit nature of some of its questions, but the need for accurate data clashes with those complaints.
Automated Swarm Boats Are Next Up In Drone Warfare
The Navy has demonstrated a new system for securing its warships and facilities, and it is unlike anything that has been put to sea before.
Despite DoD Budget Cuts, The Military-Industrial Complex Is Alive And Well
The military may be in the process of tightening its belt, but there are still billions of dollars to be made from the Department of Defense, and the Association of the United States Army’s annual three-day exposition proves it.
The Psychology Of Why People Join Terror Movements
ISIS recruits come from all over the world, in both nationality and class — what draws them to such a radicalized and violent cause?