What does a nation owe its military? An audience at the Naval War College has a few ideas.
More on the F-16 and Cessna crash, and whether the collision of a military and a civilian aircraft was also a collision of cultures
Have presidential candidates learned the right lessons from the experiences of Obama and Bush? A person in the middle of the Iraq-and-Afghanistan debates tells us how to find out.
These “knowing what we know now …” questions are driving me crazy. They should make you mad too.
A “chickenhawk nation” sends men and women to combat without fully reflecting on the strategic and moral consequences of open-ended war. An American who supervised interrogations in Iraq reminds his fellow citizens of the cost.
What a spending battle over military aircraft reveals about our moral priorities
A chickenhawk moment so pure it deserves extra attention
On the bright side, Tom Cotton now seems statesmanlike.
In today's formless, open-ended wars, it can be hard to know what "victory" would mean. It's much easier to identify defeat. A response to Sebastian Junger.
"I have come to the conclusion that there is no military solution to this issue that can be generated by the U.S. But I believe there is a political solution." How to think about the next war, as we consider getting into it.
An officer serving in Afghanistan on why a newsman's mis-recollection matters: "I actually think it's worse if it WAS inadvertent, as that would confirm what we all suspect that America really does believe that it is more involved in the military's travails than is reality."
What it means that a public figure "misremembered" events in this particular way
Please read Jeffrey Goldberg's new analysis of the split between Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama. Then please read a decade-old article about what a "preemptive" strike against Iran would really entail.
"We need junior officers willing to stick their necks out and write." On the military's internal efforts to learn from its recent distress
A pair of captains call for closer civilian scrutiny to fix the institutions they love.
"The moral is to the physical as three is to one," Napoleon said about the elements of military strength. Two signs that would make Napoleon worry.
"How do your corporate sponsors affect your choice of story line? There could be more profit in peace than in war, but you would have to step on some toes to point this out."
A man who has recently left the Air Force suggests that people like him should take the lead in re-connecting civil and military culture. No. 15 in our Chickenhawk series.
Reports of "a general, quiet dissonance between the younger and older officers in the military."
A 93-year-old steps aside, and the choice of his successor will send a signal.