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I struggled with thoughts of suicide. Vulnerability and connection kept me alive
Looking someone in the eye as you tell them you care is when the real work of suicide prevention begins.
The unanswered questions from Australia’s harrowing war crimes report
Allegations of war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan have been substantiated by the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Here's what it means for the future of the country's Special Operations Command
Clint Lorance ordered me to kill Afghan civilians. I still live with that guilt today
'I am angry and let down that Clint Lorance is feted around like some hero, while the real heroes—Nick Carson, Matt Hanes, James Twist—are ignored'
Families like mine risked our lives for US troops abroad. Now America is abandoning us
After Iraq’s liberation when I was just a child, my family had begun aiding the U.S. military. Here's the story of the broken promises that came after
We need more veterans serving in America’s newsrooms — and you can help
The support for veterans must be translated into action.
‘I’m here for the money’ — My life as a Blackwater mercenary
Wait. I need to feel bad about this. At least a little bad. Nope. These people don’t care about their country. I don’t either.
Special Forces needs to go back to basics to win against China and Russia
Special Forces needs a refresh.
Why I blew the whistle on the forceful clearing of Lafayette Square
National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco explains why he chose to testify before Congress on the precarious position the U.S. military was put in during the June clearing of Lafayette Square — and what it means for civil-military relations
What leaders can do now to strengthen US special operations forces
To build stronger special operations teams, leaders at all levels must identify and enforce priorities, focus on health and resilience, and ruthlessly manage operations tempo to provide time for recovery and professional development
My brother Austin asked me to go to Syria with him. Four months later, he was taken
Every second he stays in captivity cuts a deeper wound in the hearts of my family, and we can wait no longer.
Our country needs to rekindle the unity we felt after September 11th
Editor's note: This article first appeared in 2016 and is being republished for the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist...
I learned to understand shame after losing my brother on September 11th
"I would go on to serve two deployments to Iraq as a soldier and one deployment to Afghanistan as a civilian advisor, and each time, I would feel the physical manifestation of the grief I felt after losing my brother"
3 years after the Fitzgerald and McCain collisions, the Navy’s surface warfare community shows few signs of change
Three years after two of the most shocking peacetime accidents in the history of the U.S. military, the surface community has seen little substantive change, and surface warfare officers still lack the formal training required of professional mariners
What the Russian bounties story reveals about the limits of human intelligence collection
The information in the initial report of Russian bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan appears to have been based on human intelligence collected in the field from both cooperative sources and through custodial debriefings of captured Afghan militants
A Marine reflects on how a sinking amphibious assault vehicle symbolizes the entire Corps
Inside a track, I watched men snap like I’d only seen during torture scenes on film.
The Pentagon has a plan to include more women in national security. Here’s what that means — and why it matters
A broader perspective is needed to more fully understand the drivers of conflict and promote lasting security.
Americans need to know how many of its troops are in harm’s way
There is nothing more fundamental to American democracy than the idea that the government must be answerable to the people.
I never truly contemplated ‘white privilege.’ Then I saw a black man killed for doing the same thing I had done
At the end of the day, privilege manifests in many ways in my life, but the main one is that I have the benefit of the doubt in virtually every situation I face.
US civil-military relations: a flawed deal in desperate need of repair
Civil-military relations in the United States are in a serious state of disrepair, driven in profound measure by presidential politicization of the military and the military’s attendant willingness to let itself be politicized
A prominent Vietnam veteran reflects on sacred places, protesters, and Confederate flags
The story of the memorial and its statues is one of raging controversy not unlike the current debate over racial injustice and Confederate monuments.
Why service members might disobey Trump’s orders to occupy US cities
Members of the U.S. armed forces could refuse to follow the orders of their commander-in-chief if they believed those orders were contrary to their oath to the Constitution
We already have the army of skilled workers we need to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic: Our veterans
We need an army of specially trained workers to help turn the tide amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, but no one is talking about the army we've already built and paid for: Our military veterans.
The case for rethinking the politicization of the military
The military is a political creature — it’s time for it to consider what that means in a more practical and appropriate manner
It’s time to rename Fort Benning for Alwyn Cashe
Establishing Fort Cashe is the right thing to do — and now is the right time to do it
Former DIA Director: Please, take your knee off our necks so we can breathe
"I can no longer be silent."