Washington, D.C. (January 7, 2015)—Americans admire their military like no other public institution. They also ignore its reality. In The Atlantic’s latest cover story, “The Tragedy of the American Military,” national correspondent James Fallows argues that our military force has become more separated from the country it defends than at any point in our history, turning America into what he calls a “chickenhawk nation” prone to entering protracted wars it cannot win. How did we get to this point?

Tonight at a special event at The Atlantic’s Washington headquarters, Fallows will discuss his piece and the role of America’s military amidst a war winding down in Afghanistan and a shakeup at the top of the Pentagon.

Also joining the conversation are Senator Joe Manchin and New York Times Pentagon correspondent Helene Cooper. The event will be moderated by The Atlantic’s Washington editor at large Steve Clemons.

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