"The same inherent disadvantages that crippled the Soviet centrally planned economy in trying to compete with the American free-market-capitalism model are coming to bear on the Pentagon," says a former Air Force officer.
Alleged discrimination against FBI employees with overseas ties is only the latest difficulty the government has had with interpreters and translators.
One axiom about journalism is that it should try to "see life steady and see it whole." A look at one of The Atlantic's steady themes over the years
"Our armed forces have generally been successful on the battlefield. But with an important qualification..."
After a year in office, has New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lived up to expectations?
"If you want to thank me and honor my friends, do so by being a good citizen."
Three thoughts on what it means to thank people for their service
The total number of unauthorized immigrants apprehended is on the rise, but they're no longer coming from America's nearest neighbor.
New York cops started a "virtual work stoppage" to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio. That might be a good thing for New Yorkers.
"The question is why did not more officers, and with more effect, ask David Petraeus’s 2003 question ‘how does this end?’"
"I have nothing but disgust for military apologists such as James Fallows."
A new report shows that the number of shooting deaths of American police has increased.
"I would say that Israel provides great arguments for those who argue for a draft, or some form of national service, in America."
"It is a dangerous slope we are on where we worship the troops, have no clue what they do, or why, and as along as we don't need to know, we are happy," a West Point graduate writes.
The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.
A very short book excerpt
What they're gonna do when they come for you
Americans love public transportation. So why don’t they use it?
Bill Bratton insists that police officers should not have turned their backs en masse as the mayor spoke at a funeral on Saturday—but he acknowledged that morale is low throughout the department.
I don't celebrate the holiday but the Latin American goodies my Indian family makes are symbolic of the cross-cultural joy of December 25.