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A single platoon lost in a military limbo is a measurement of the stress under which the US Army now operates.

The United States no longer has the capability to remain a global hegemon, and to pretend otherwise is to invite disaster.

The news that Congress might terminate production of topline fighter jets comes as a considerable victory for President Obama and Defense Secretary Gates.

The former secretary of defense presided over the deaths of millions--and was one of the only officials to publicly express regret.

As Congress and Obama wrangle over the cost of much-needed domestic expenditures, no one suggests that closing some of these unpopular, expensive imperial enclaves might be a good way to save some money.

The ongoing dissent that does exist in the US military, however fragmented and overlooked at the moment, should not be discounted.

In part two of a three-part series, Chris Hayes of The Nation debates Reihan Salam of the National Review over the proper role of the US military in the world.

More women have fought and died in Iraq than in all the wars since World War II put together. Yet the US military continues to treat them like second class citizens.

Evangelicals serving in Afghanistan add spreading Christianity to list of duties in defiance of US military law.

The ghosts of Vietnam are everywhere, as counterinsurgency makes a comeback in the Pentagon budget.

Blogs

The best way to support the troops is to make every effort to keep them out of harm's way.

November 10, 2014

Media fearmongering, political grandstanding and everything else you need to launch a new military mission. 

September 22, 2014

The Nation’s editor appeared on CNN’s Reliable Sources to discuss press coverage of ISIS and whether some members of the media are participating in war-mongering.

September 8, 2014

Nick Kristoff defends Bush, Chelsea Manning defends journalism, and the Post recounts our government's bungled efforts to catch Edward Snowden.

June 16, 2014

Like 2003 all over again, American pundits debate new intervention in Iraq.

June 13, 2014

New documents raise questions about the soldier's mental health. 

June 12, 2014

Politicians and the media must focus on the bigger picture: the crisis facing returning veterans and the current inability of the federal government to help them. 

May 30, 2014

“Drones have entered our consciousness. Suddenly, they seem to be everywhere,” says Robert Jay Lifton. 

May 30, 2014

Obama wants to keep almost 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014, but some members of Congress are saying “not so fast.”

May 28, 2014

As secretary of state, Clinton accomplished little, but usually came down on the side of using force.

May 27, 2014