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I am interested in new and different voices to write about military affairs and national security. What works best is something that uses your own experiences and knowledge. It could be a short memoir. It could be an analysis of current news. It could even be a book review. (I plan next week to run a review of the new collection of “Terminal Lance Corporal” strips. But I’ll also run an excerpt on how British strategy worked in the 19th century.)

What works best is around 600 words (people stop reading after that). The tone should be clear but not breezy — like you were talking to your girlfriend or other intelligent friend over a bottle of wine at the end of an interesting day. Make your point in the first sentence, then explore it, and support it with some evidence, in quotations or anecdotes or numbers. Then maybe briefly give a nod to the counter-arguments. Then wind it up with a one or two paragraph look at the way forward—the implications or your recommendations. As for opinion, say whatever you like--I don't have to agree with it. It just needs to make sense.

Then e-mail it to me at ricksblogcomment(at)gmail.com.

You also can use that address to ask if a subject would be of interest.

It helps to read the column a bit to get a sharper sense of what works, and how to write for it. And of course I’d be pleased if you read it every day, to get a sense of what already has been written about. Responses to items also are good.

Veterans are pushing back against a Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which a woman with no military experience argued that women do not belong in combat units.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump was reeling from sharp rebukes at home and abroad over his surprise announcement last month to immediately pull American troops out of Syria when he flew into the al Asad airbase in neighboring Iraq the day after Christmas.

Inside a canvas Quonset hut, one of the arced prefabricated structures used by the military and surrounded by concertina wire, Trump received operational briefs from U.S. commanders suggesting a territorial victory against Islamic State was within sight, but the military needed just a bit more time, U.S. officials said.

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Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando

The Coast Guard's top officer is telling his subordinates to "stay the course" after they missed their regularly scheduled paycheck amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

In a message to the force sent Tuesday, Adm. Karl L. Schultz said both he and the Department of Homeland Security Secretary remain "fully engaged" on the missing pay issue, which have caused "anxiety and uncertainty" for Coasties and their families.

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After years of frequent mechanical failures ad embarrassing cost overruns, the Navy finally plans on deploying three hulls from its much-derided Littoral Combat Ship fleet by this fall after a protracted absence from the high seas, the U.S. Naval Institute reports.

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