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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...
Fantasies of the military deposing Trump won’t die even though the US hasn’t had a coup in 244 years
Two retired Army officers are calling on the military to overthrow Trump if he refuses to concede defeat. No, really.
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...
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
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?"
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...
A Marine vet is on a mission to make the media capitalize ‘veteran’ all the time
Should media organizations capitalize the word 'veteran' as a formal title? One Marine veteran certainly thinks so
‘We never would have won World War II if we had this kind of division’ — A Pearl Harbor vet calls on Americans to unite around today’s military
Harry L. Chandler knows he's among the last of a vanishing breed. His fellow members of Massachusetts' Pearl Harbor Attack … Continued
The Key To Bridging The Civil-Military Divide, According To Mattis
In an era where Americans seem increasingly at each other's throats, Defense Secretary James Mattis has a simple idea for … Continued
How Do We Really Define The War On Terror? Notes From A Generation At War
How do we define the amorphous and endless War on Terror? Do we measure the war by the money spent? … Continued
What ‘Jack Ryan’ Reveals About How Popular Culture Impacts Our Understanding Of War
The new Jack Ryan reboot that premiered on Amazon at the end of August marked the return of Tom Clancy’s … Continued
When Military Contempt For Civilians Backfires, In One Quote
“One veteran I spoke with had interviewed for several jobs in the same industry without success. He attributed this to … Continued
6 Alarming Passages From Bob Woodward’s Account Of Mattis Vs. Trump
There are profound civil-military implications in Bob Woodward’s account of how Defense Secretary James Mattis has handled President Donald Trump. … Continued
Ask A Veteran: Is ‘Thank You For Your Service’ The Right Thing To Say?
Welcome to Ask A Veteran, a place for civilians (or anyone!) to ask questions about the military or veterans issues. … Continued
Mattis Delivered A Warning About Politicizing The Military Amid Brazil’s Election Turmoil
On the first stop on a four-country Latin American tour, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis this week argued for closer defense … Continued
A Little Humility On The Part Of The Military Might Help Bridge The Civil-Military Divide
Editor’s note: The Long March will be closed for inventory the month of August. We regret any inconvenience this causes … Continued
How The Media’s Narrow Portrayal Of Service Members Does The Military A Disservice
As the American military becomes more isolated from society and society more disconnected from war, public understanding of its military … Continued
The Civil-Military Divide Extends All The Way To The Afghan Battlefield
There are plenty of articles explaining the growing civil-military divide in America. Service members often feel civilians don’t understand them, … Continued
‘Eat The Apple’ Is The Belligerent, Unflinchingly Honest Iraq War Memoir We Needed
Editor’s note: With self-lacerating wit, Eat The Apple is a new Iraq war memoir that spares nothing and no one, … Continued
Political Neutrality In Uniform Is Hard And Getting Harder, But It’s Still Your Duty
Above a stack of voting assistance pamphlets near my office at battalion headquarters, there’s a poster of George Washington with … Continued
In His Run For Congress, This Iraq War Vet Isn’t Running From PTSD
On May 12, 2006, Lance Cpl. Sean Barney was serving in Fallujah, Iraq, as a Marine infantryman when he was … Continued