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Are Private Contractors Really Cheaper?

Those who support using private military and security contractors often claim that a major reason for doing so is that it is more cost-effective than using...

Green on Blue

Abdul Razaq looks off a balcony of the Kabul Military Training Center. It is winter, about nine months before he would murder three U.S. Marines. There is a...

Landing The Big One…

Well it happened – four times, to be precise. The Navy’s unmanned X-47B jet-powered drone made repeated, safe landings aboard the carrier USS George H.W. Bush...

Uncommanded Influence

You know it’s not a good letter in Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s inbox when the writer addresses him as “Charles.” The latest such missive, written two days...

Great SEALs of the United States…

…are slated to get bonuses of up to $160,000 for re-enlisting, according to the Navy. These aren’t for rookies, but for the cream of the crop: SEALs who have...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Wishful Spending

There is a growing sense among defense-budget watchers that the U.S. military and its political masters are pretending the shave the armed forces just got from...

Korean Skies Buzzed by B-2s

A pair of the U.S. Air Force’s B-2 stealth bombers made the least-stealthy flight in their history Thursday, flying 13,000 miles round-trip from their Missouri...

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...

It May Be Time for Navy “Bootie Camp”

Pregnancy -- especially in the Navy -- has become the newest “hot button” issue. Well, truth be told, it’s not really new.The topic of women getting pregnant...