Then-U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, speaks to members of Special Operations Task Force-South East in Camp McCloskey, Logar province, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2013.
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Retired Adm McRaven Explains Why Officers Don’t Always Make The Best Politicians
Task & Purpose spoke with the former JSOC commander about war, politics, writing about conflict, and women in the Navy SEALs.
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Veterans In Government ‘Get Stuff Done,’ Says SEAL-Turned-Congressman
Scott Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, now serves the 2nd District of Virginia in his first term as a congressman.
James Mattis is sworn in as Defense Secretary by Vice President Mike Pence.
Leadership
Read Mattis’ Rousing Memo To The DoD
After his confirmation, Defense Secretary James Mattis wrote a memo to his new department.
Naval vessels from five nations sail in parade formation for a rare photographic opportunity at sea.
Leadership
Carrying ‘A Big Stick’ Isn’t Enough — America Has To Use It
National security expert Eliot Cohen suggests that soft power isn’t always enough.
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies dinner  and meeting in Washington, D.C., October 4, 2012.
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Leon Panetta On Why Civilian Control Of The Military Is Important
In an exclusive interview with Task & Purpose, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta explains why it’s important for civilians to maintain control of the military.
U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Lisa Jaster, center, became the third woman to graduate from the U.S. Army’s elite Ranger School, Oct. 16, 2015, in Fort Benning, Ga. Jaster, 37, joins just two other women, Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, left, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, right, in gaining the coveted Ranger tab.
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10 Rules To Help Women Entering Combat Arms Succeed
The advice is garnered from the experience of women who have served in combat units in the U.S. as well as some foreign militaries.
Marine Corps Cpl. Benjamin Peagler yells out an order to his team while participating in a platoon assault drill as a part of Exercise Cold Response 16 on range U-3 in Frigard, Norway, Feb. 23, 2016.
Leadership
Real Leaders Don’t Motivate Their Troops By Being Angry
Getting angry might be emotionally satisfying, but it’s usually ineffective as a means of motivating people.