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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."
The deafening silence of veteran service organizations on Black Lives Matter
"This is not a partisan political issue. This is a human issue"
The graffiti may be gone, but the question of whether ‘black vets count’ remains
"We cannot answer with empty words and think of ourselves as patriots. Instead, we must fight to undo the racist policies and cultural norms that have been telling African-American veterans that they don’t count for far too long"
What the Houston riots of 1917 tell us about police brutality and status in America
Police brutality is an issue that’s bedeviled the country since formal police forces began to organize in the late 19th century, and America’s armed forces are no exception
At West Point, they swore an oath to serve the public interest. As high public officials, they’ve forsaken it
"Shouldn't West Pointers be expected to be something more — models of rectitude who occupy higher moral ground than the average, garden-variety politician?"
A better way of selecting Marine Corps officers for command
"Only our best should be extended the privilege of commanding Marines."
COVID-19 and the loneliness of American heroism
"I now stand in the shoes of those who tried to thank me when I came home. I profusely thank the checkout clerk, the pharmacy technician, the nurses and doctors I know. But in my heart, I wonder if each time I try to express my gratitude, I’m only creating a moment for them to remember that while I am relatively safe from harm, and they are risking their lives and livelihoods, so that I can have a bowl of cereal in the morning"
Our son died in training at Camp Pendleton. He could have been saved
"Five young Marines from Camp Pendleton died in preventable 'rollover' accidents in the last year. How many more of our military will die, needlessly?"
For American security, Tammy Duckworth is the pick for Biden
"There's no one who would be better serving by his side than someone whose soul embodies the type of selfless service and resilience that makes this nation great: Retired Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth."
What the COVID-19 pandemic reveals about the US military’s role in defending the nation
COVID-19 is a stark reminder that America’s defense requires more than the Department of Defense
Stop waiting for a COVID-19 action hero to save you
"Our times call for us to stop relying upon our history’s greatest hits, the same old battle-weary warriors who are only good anymore for a quick fix of patriotic nostalgia: The most underrated part of leadership is good management"
Banning COVID-19 survivors from military service is a recruiting mess waiting to happen
Banning individuals with a COVID-19 history prioritizes recruits who have both the geographic and financial ability to self-isolate.
The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us one thing: we should all serve
With most of the United States under lockdown orders in an effort to “flatten the curve” in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the time spent isolated in our homes should offer an opportunity to reflect on how we got here
The US needs to rethink nation-building to prevent the next forever war
American forces are particularly unprepared to work with the host governments to establish effective security forces, an advisor mission that in Afghanistan and Iraq came only as an after-thought when policymakers realized they needed an exit strategy
Yes, the President’s tweets count as legitimate orders, no matter how confusing they seem
"The president could have called the Secretary immediately and said, 'I have decided against waiting. I want every transgender person in the armed forces discharged within 48 hours.'"
The military’s Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flyovers aren’t what America needs right now
Buckle up, pandemic-stricken Americans: the U.S. military's premiere demonstration teams are on a mission to brighten your day while you're stuck at home amid the collapse of society.
The misappropriation of Pat Tillman’s legacy
There is an inherent connection between warfighting and politics, one that has complicated how and why we honor our nation’s war dead since the nation's foundin
COVID-19 has created a world of anxiety and fear. Here’s how you can get through it with clear purpose and meaning
This is how we take care of our nation.
The US military needs to suck it up and embrace telecommuting forever
The 21st century military shouldn’t work and train like the 19th century