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What is war like? For those of us who have never had the misfortune of seeing it in person, the question is of enduring fascination....

I hesitate to forward a suggestion made by Don Rumsfeld, who is likely to go down along with Robert McNamara as one of our worst...

Back in the early years of the cold war, the risks of an outbreak of nuclear war seemed terrifyingly high. Possible paths toward such a...

To his credit, Bob Gates continues to unravel some of the misguided decisions made by his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld. His latest decision, as noted in...

For a while now, I’ve been advocating that the U.S. military open its ranks to those who are not citizens or permanent residents. Offer a...

One of the biggest impediments to transforming the U.S. government for the Long War is personnel policies that were designed for a different kind of...

Some colleagues, readers, and friends have suggested the dispatches I published from Iraq as an embedded reporter might not be reliable, even if true, because...

On Sunday, Russia and the United States jointly urged all countries to destroy medium-range nuclear-capable missiles. The call came in a joint declaration published...

Michael Abramowitz of the Washington Post has an interesting and instructive article on the U.S. failure to do something meaningful about the genocide in Darfur....

The Washington Post has a small but important story on American military advisers. The new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen,...

The United States military has lately been having a string of bad luck in its handling of things nuclear. But is it merely bad luck,...

This one is more serious. I am talking about the August 29 “Bent Spear” incident, in which the U.S. military lost control of some of...