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  • Originally published 12/18/2017

    Why the “Merchants of Death” Survive and Prosper

    Lawrence Wittner

    As long as people retain their faith in the supreme value of military might, we can probably expect defense contractors to continue profiting from war at the public’s expense.

  • Originally published 10/09/2017

    Autopilot Wars

    Andrew J. Bacevich

    Sixteen Years, But Who’s Counting?

  • Originally published 05/15/2017

    The Hazards of Military Worship

    Major Danny Sjursen

    Everyone loves the troops and their generals, but history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  • Originally published 02/22/2017

    How We Got Here

    Danny Sjursen

    The Misuse of American Military Power and The Middle East in Chaos

  • Originally published 01/16/2016

    How Military Service Changes You

    Vaughn Davis Bornet

    “Military service had its effect on me, that’s for sure. Over time, if you join up, it will almost inevitably have an easily noticeable effect on your perceptions of reality.”

  • Originally published 03/17/2015

    America's New Military Mystique

    Nan Levinson

    We embrace the idea of an all-powerful military because at a time when the world seems such a fragile and hostile place, if even our military won’t keep us safe, who will?

  • Originally published 01/07/2015

    The Tragedy of the American Military

    James Fallows

    " [The] reverent but disengaged attitude toward the military—we love the troops, but we’d rather not think about them—has become so familiar that we assume it is the American norm. But it is not."

  • Originally published 05/28/2013

    Karl W. Eikenberry and David M. Kennedy: Americans and Their Military, Drifting Apart

    Karl W. Eikenberry, a retired Army lieutenant general, was the United States commander in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007 and the ambassador there from 2009 to 2011. He is a fellow at Stanford, where David M. Kennedy is an emeritus professor of history. They are, respectively, a contributor to and the editor of “The Modern American Military.”STANFORD, Calif. — AFTER fighting two wars in nearly 12 years, the United States military is at a turning point. So are the American people. The armed forces must rethink their mission. Though the nation has entered an era of fiscal constraint, and though President Obama last week effectively declared an end to the “global war on terror” that began on Sept. 11, 2001, the military remains determined to increase the gap between its war-fighting capabilities and those of any potential enemies. But the greatest challenge to our military is not from a foreign enemy — it’s the widening gap between the American people and their armed forces.

  • Originally published 03/06/2013

    Soviet Afghan MIA found

    A former Red Army soldier who went missing in action (MIA) in 1980 during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan has been found alive almost 33 years after he was rescued by Afghan tribesmen.Now living under the name of Sheikh Abdullah and working as a traditional healer in the Shinand District of Afghanistan, the former Soviet soldier Bakhredtin Khakimov, an ethnic Uzbek, was tracked down by a team from Warriors-Internationalists Affairs Committee, a nonprofit, Moscow-based organization that leads the search for the former Soviet Union's MIAs in Afghanistan....