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The United States is coming ever closer to a state that matches the Orwellian slogan from 1984: war is peace.

Why is it that GI Joe--like all action figures in all action movies of this moment--has left the all-American battlefield for outer, or future or alternate space?

Reflections on troops that don't depart, experts who never leave the scene, an Air Force that suddenly wasn't there and a war that no longer needs justification.

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.

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University leaders and government officials are collaborating on drone research, provoking troubling questions about privacy, academic independence and economic profit. 

December 4, 2013

Commanders are also encouraging service members to lobby against Senator Gillibrand’s bill. 

November 15, 2013

In trying to obtain VA benefits for the mental health effects of military sexual trauma, many survivors face bureaucratic hurdles, long delays and ultimately, rejection. 

November 11, 2013

Politicians are outraged over the loss of military death benefits—but not the deaths themselves.

October 9, 2013

It's become a joke, but the Pentagon is still throwing billions at it. 

July 26, 2013

A fight is escalating between Senate Democrats about taking prosecution out of the chain of command, a reform advocates argue is crucial but the Pentagon says is out of the question. 

July 19, 2013

Seventeen members of nuclear launch crews have been fired and launch codes perhaps compromised, but there's little media attention.

May 10, 2013

The famed “psycho-historian” explores the true meanings, and dangers, of the new “killing technology.”

May 2, 2013

The congressman sees an opportunity to confront military bloat in the deficit debates and war-weariness.

May 1, 2013

The answer is diplomacy, not war.

April 26, 2013