U.S. Air Force photo

The Navy, Air Force, and Army all collect different information when they investigate why an aircraft crashes or has a problem, making it difficult for the Defense Department to compare trends as it works to improve safety and share lessons learned across the services, according to a Congressional watchdog report.

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Marines/Cpl. Juan Madrigal

We’re getting close to a year ending in “0,” in an age marked by fights over who is an American and how to slice the voting population for maximum political advantage, so the otherwise boring decennial U.S. Census is again a hot issue. Trump administration officials, anxious to expand their tight immigration policies, have added a retro citizenship question to the 2020 Census form, lied laughably about its origins, and been smacked with threats of lawsuits from a quarter of the states in the union over it — all in the space of a few days.

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Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Travis Jordan

Online job database CareerCast released its annual job rankings list on Thursday, and to nobody’s surprise, “enlisted military” came in 197th out of 200 occupations, making it the fourth-worst job in the United States. The surprising thing, however, is that the profession is slipping: Last year, it was only the fifth worst.

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Photo via DoD

Global military spending rose for the second consecutive year in 2016, reaching $1.686 trillion, according to new data compiled by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). The increase was primarily centered in Western Europe and North America — the latter saw its first annual increase since 2010 — and the United States unsurprisingly continues to lead the pack:

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Photo by Adam Fagen/Flickr.

Concerned Veterans for America recently launched a campaign called “My VA Story” asking for veteran stories about Veterans Administration hospitals. Great, you say, because the VA needs feedback. I agree. Stories of veteran experiences — if used properly — could benefit the community in countless ways.

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