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A new documentary series about Clint Lorance pits the infantry officer convicted of murder against his former soldiers
The fog of war, just kills, and war crimes are the focus of a new documentary series about Lt. Clint Lorance, the Army infantry officer who was convicted on murder charges for ordering his soldiers to fire on three unarmed Afghan men on a motorcycle, killing two and wounding the third.
They started the US war against ISIS. Now they have an important message for Trump on abandoning the Kurds
You've heard from politicians. You've heard from pundits. Now it's time you hear from two U.S. military veterans who were among the first to take the fight to ISIS five years ago — and know exactly what an irrevocable mistake the administration of President Donald Trump has made in Syria
Right makes might: How the US will lose its strategic advantage if it loses its ethics
We see ourselves as upholding a higher standard. We aren't just some overgrown banana republic. We're a "shining city on a hill."
We’re still fighting in Afghanistan and no one cares
Today, Oct. 7, marks the anniversary of combat operations in Afghanistan, which is now our longest war to date, and other than a select few who bear the brunt of this burden, most people won't think twice about this somber and embarrassing anniversary. Nothing could be more insulting to the troops currently serving
Don’t let foreign adversaries turn Facebook against us
Vietnam vets are part of the age group that's growing fastest on Facebook and that's most likely to vote, making them an efficient target for our enemies
The Army may have hit this year’s recruiting goal, but the service still has a long way to go
Despite touting new initiatives, digital platforms, and marketing techniques (and lowering its goal by 12,000 in 2019 amid a more modest growth plan in the next five years), the Army is not in the clear yet
The Army has a new plan to win future wars. Here are 3 things it needs to do so it doesn’t fail
For senior Army leaders and national security analysts, one guiding question persists — Can the Army repeat the comprehensive AirLand Battle renaissance from the 1980s? The optimists and speechwriters want the answer to clearly be yes, however the reality of recent attempts at replicating AirLand Battle's success have not always matched the rhetoric.
The US is headed for a reckoning between its military ambitions and its budget
The U.S. has to make hard choices about whether spending that money is worth it. Unfortunately, our approach has been that of the Yankees great Yogi Berra. "When faced with a fork in the road, take both."
‘Veteran Only’ parking spots don’t go far enough
As a veteran I'm not capable of parking my car in a normal spot like everyone else.
The future of night vision: eye injections
Insurgents are using night vision against us. Science is working to keep U.S. service members one step ahead
FN-SCAR: Is it worth it?
The SCAR rifle is loved by special ops. But it's still not going to replace the M4 for everyone.
40 years after its release, ‘Apocalypse Now’ is more relevant than ever
'Apocalypse Now' might be the first example of people in the military turning a movie meant to highlight the horrors of war into a motivational video about killing the enemy
How Army PsyOps ended the reign of Joseph Kony in Africa
Watch how a psychological operations team helped end the war lord Joseph Kony's reign in Africa where he was kidnapping kids and forcing them to fight as child soldiers. They've been doing inception long before Leonardo DiCaprio made it cool.
The Marine Corps has reinvented itself throughout its history. The new Commandant is doing it again.
Berger has rightly decided that the way the Marines' plans for amphibious assaults isn't going to work going forward, as a "Sands of Iwo Jima" redux will end with thousands of dead Marines and Sailors at the bottom of the ocean.
Commentary: We invite you to celebrate Austin Tice’s birthday
Austin Tice has been in captivity for 2,554 days.
Toxic leadership at the top
Unfortunately, our commander-in-chief, President Donald Trump, exhibits the qualities of a toxic leader
No, SEALs don’t need ‘slack’ from their elite standards
While the SEALs seem to have conduct issues disproportionate to the size of their organization, this idea that service — especially combat service — somehow earns one a free pass, seems to have some currency today.
The original ‘Top Gun’ was a recruiter’s dream. The sequel will be anything but
Popcorn sales will be through the roof in 2020, but recruitment numbers won't skyrocket like they did in 1986
Here’s why the Marine Corps is losing experienced pilots — and what it can do to fix it
If this exodus is not effectively addressed, our ability to fight from the air could be critically compromised in a way that will take decades from which to recover
What the Guadalcanal campaign revealed about the nature of warfare — and why it matters for modern conflicts
Between Aug. 7, 1942, and Feb. 9, 1943, U.S. forces sought to capture – and then defend – the Pacific island of Guadalcanal from the Japanese military. What started as an amphibious landing quickly turned into a series of massive air and naval battles. The campaign marked a major turning point in the Pacific theater of World War II
Past vs. Present: When you come home from ‘The War’
Don't get all nostalgic on me now.
Veterans: It’s on you to bridge the civil-military divide
In the real world the number of jobs where run time and pull-ups are part of your performance evaluation is vanishingly small.
To meet the needs of disabled vets, Congress needs to expand the Specially Adapted Housing Program
Why Congress owes it to severely wounded combat veterans to pass the Specially Adapted Housing Act.
No, the US military shouldn’t lower the enlistment age to 16 so children can fight
There are bad ideas, and then there are bad ideas
‘I almost joined the military, but…’ is a weird flex and it’s not OK
Perhaps people feel compelled to come up with these excuses because this country idolizes military service so much.