Seven Top U.S. Marines Took Jobs With Foreign Governments and Firms
Documents obtained by the Project on Government Oversight name seven retired U.S. Marine Corps officers — including the Secretary of Defense and Pres. Donald Trump’s new chief of staff John Kelly — who sought and obtained permission from the Marine Corps to be paid to work on behalf of... Read more
Wow, Afghanistan Is Getting a Lot Worse
Militant attacks are escalating. Afghan military casualties are high. Deserters number in the thousands. Kabul’s coffers are depleted. American officials are cowering in their fortified compounds. That’s the dark picture that the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction — the U.S. government’s watchdog agency for the Afghanistan war —... Read more
Oil Is Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy
Who says Pres. Donald Trump doesn’t have a coherent foreign policy? Pundits and critics across the political spectrum have chided him for failing to articulate and implement a clear international agenda. Look closely at his overseas endeavors, though, and one all-too-consistent pattern emerges — Trump will do whatever it... Read more
The Unique Bravery of Transgender Soldiers
Turns out tweets aren’t policy. Pres. Donald Trump seemed to end the U.S. military’s open acceptance of transgender troops on July 26, 2017 when he tweeted out that America would no longer allow said troops to serve in any branch in any capacity. According to Trump, transgender troops cost... Read more
There Are No Excuses for Not Accepting Transgender Troops
For a brief moment, the U.S. military allowed transgender troops to serve openly until Pres. Donald Trump ended the policy citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.” During that time, America’s armed forces had joined a practice existent in at least 20 countries, including Israel and the bulk of the... Read more
The Trillion-Dollar Military Budget
You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon. Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year... Read more
Will Donald Trump Privatize the Afghanistan War?
Is the Trump administration going to hand over U.S. peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan to private mercenaries? This is now the big question in national security policy circles. It follows last week’s The New York Times report that Erik Prince, the founder of private security firm Blackwater, and Stephen Feinberg, the... Read more
Do Civilian Casualties Cause Counterinsurgents to Fail?
The Netflix movie War Machine paints counterinsurgency wars as impossible. All of them. “The thing about counterinsurgency is that it doesn’t really work,” the film’s narrator says. “We tried it in Vietnam. That went well. The British and the French gave it a shot, trying to hang on to... Read more
In 1992, a Gang Truce Held in Chicago. But in 2013, Truce Was Impossible
On a sunny day in October, 33-year-old Anthony Garrett walked to the 10th floor of the 1157 N. Cleveland building in Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing complex. He knew that his fellow Cobras gang members hid an AR-15 assault rifle there. Just before 9:00 A.M., Garrett opened the bathroom window... Read more
The U.S. Air Force, Not the Navy, Should Lead America in Space War
In his June 2017 article “Against An Air Force Space Corps: Space Belongs to the Navy!”, Matt Hipple made an astute observation about the future of military space operations. Visions of future sustained operations in space do indeed resemble classic naval operations at sea. Virtually every single work of... Read more
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