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Navy Ends CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Navy messages have been going out in ALL CAPS since sails were around. But Navy Times is reporting that the sea service has just started permitting lower-case...

Army Suspends Top Commander in Japan

TOKYO – Well, this is embarrassing. Just days after the Marines handed out wallet cards reminding troops in the Pacific to behave ethically, the Army’s top...

Building a Smarter, Smaller Army

It’s time to resize the U.S. Army given the nation’s fiscal realities and what we’re likely to need it to do in the foreseeable future. In my new book, Healing...

A U.S. Army Post Named Fort Osama bin Laden?

Why not? Former Time colleague Jamie Malanowski had an intriguing piece in the New York Times over the holiday weekend wondering why the U.S. military has at...

Manila Issues Fresh Apology for Taiwan Death

(TAIPEI, Taiwan) -- The Philippine president apologized to Taiwan for the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippine coast guard personnel, after...

Bridge Amid Troubled Water

History was made in a flash earlier this week, when the Navy’s jet-powered X-47B drone flew off an aircraft carrier for the first time. The official Navy video...

Sexual Assault in the Ranks

Battleland discussed the infuriating problem of sexual assaults in the ranks of the U.S. military on the PBS NewsHour Tuesday night – just as we did more than 16...

Benghazi Revisited

Fireworks are in place and set to explode Wednesday on Capitol Hill over whether the U.S. military could have done more to save the four trapped U.S. diplomats...

The U.S. Army: “A Learning Organization”

While some folks maintain that armies are always busy fighting the last war, Major Geraldo Pulido argues that the U.S. Army, from his vantage point, did a pretty...

Lightning II Bug

The Marines' F-35B Lightning II jump jet performed its first night-time short takeoff and vertical landing at Maryland's Patuxent River Naval Air Station on...

Laser Beams, Schemes, and Dreams

The Navy, with a fair amount of salesman-ship (pun intended), unveiled a new sea-based laser weapon Monday that it plans to deploy to the Persian Gulf, for...

Hey Guys: The Cammies Are Supposed to Hide You…

Let’s face it: we like looking at photographs of the North Korean military because, well…they make the U.S. military look really good. So here is a batch of...

Bowing Out…

It has been more than two months since the Navy’s mine-countermeasures ship USS Guardian ran aground on a reef off the Philippine coast. Bad weather has led to...

A Marine’s Anniversary Reflections

It's the little details you tend to remember about war, snapshots of time that have a grisly habit of creeping into your thoughts and dreams years after your...

From Iraqi Translator…to U.S. Army Trucker

Shortly after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, I started my very first job as a combat linguist for the coalition forces in Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi...

War Is…Tell. Show and Tell, to be Precise.

Getting the story out is important, whether you’re a reporter…or a sailor. That’s the bottom line of a Navy inquiry seeking help getting the Navy story out no...

Semper IFFi: Identifying Friend from Foe

Nearly two weeks into the sequester, there’s no sign of compromise on the horizon. This could stick for a while, apparently. The Marines, for example, are slated...

Army Suicides, and the Legacy of Dr. Joseph Rothberg

For years, the news has been full of the seemingly ever-increasing Army suicide rate, well known to readers here at Battleland. There is good news and bad news: ...