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Army Life: The Waiting Never Ends

They say war is long stretches of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror – or maybe excitement. Two recent military photos illustrate the point. In one, a...

Semper Infidelis

Of all the horrible “green on blue” killings that have happened recently in Afghanistan, perhaps the most horrific took place in Helmand province on Aug. 10...

Of “Green-on-Blue” Killings, and Army Suicides

Battleland was invited to be on Friday’s PBS NewsHour, but this invitation had a twist that made it different than all that had come before. Host Jeff Brown and...

Navy Skippers: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Ernest Borgnine, God bless him, may have passed on, but real Navy skippers can fill the void left by Lieut. Commander Quinton McHale’s passing. Check out the...

The Navy SEALS’ Dying Words

Monday, August 6 marks the first anniversary of the Afghan crash of a U.S. military CH-47 Chinook helicopter that killed 30 Americans, including 17 Navy SEALS...

New Standards for Navy Skippers

The Navy seems to have hit rough seas in recent years, repeatedly canning command officers who have fallen short on the job. To the Navy’s credit, it announces...

Navy Brains…and Heart

Sure, it gives one pause when the top graduate among the 1,099 midshipmen to be graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy this week isn’t — for the first time in the...

Building a True 21st Century U.S. Military

When it comes to reform of the U.S. military establishment, we’ve tinkered on the margins far too long. We are currently in the ninth version of the Joint...

U.S. and Japanese Troops Draw Closer

TOKYO – The prospect of U.S. and Japanese troops fighting side-by-side in the next land war in Asia – and Heaven forbid the need for either — comes a step closer...

This Is Only a Test: Navy Women Donning Dixie Cups

The Navy’s personnel chief, after a survey of nearly 400 women in the sea service, says there’s room for improvement in the uniforms they wear. “As a result of...

Bravo Zulu, Navy!

We don’t mind razzing the Navy when it comes to Breathalyzers for sailors, or its increasingly strange ship-naming practices, so it seems only fair to tip our...

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…that’s how many different versions of the tried-and-true F-16 jet fighter have been built, former F-16 builder, Navy secretary and No. 2 Pentagon civilian...

Kiwis to Yanks: Welcome Back!

TOKYO – For the first time in almost three decades, Americans are training for combat in New Zealand – and even the Kiwis are happy about it. U.S. Marines and...