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Women in Combat: The Numbers Racket

The Pentagon will detailed Tuesday when women will be eligible to train for and join the U.S. military’s most elite units, including Army Rangers and Navy SEALs...

Japan Sends Its Troops Into Uncharted Waters

TOKYO – A major amphibious warfare exercise off the California coast is not intended as a dress rehearsal for combat in the Japanese islands -- but it could work...

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...

How Much Does an F-35 Fighter Really Cost?

There’s been a rash of recent reports that the U.S. military has wrestled the F-35’s cost growth to the mat. They come from some heavy hitters: Defense Secretary...

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...

The Great Wall of Qatar

The U.S. military has been routinely flying warplanes out of Qatar’s al Udied air base, just west of the Gulf state’s capital of Qatar, since 1991’s Persian Gulf...

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...