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The paradoxically pacific Indo-Pacific Command | ASPI Strategist 

Naval Ship

“The United States military hasn’t conducted a single combat operation within the sprawling area of responsibility that defines the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) in 44 years. I’m overly fond of pointing out this little-commented-on fact of Indo-Pacific security, because its significance is underappreciated. The last US combat operation in the region was in Cambodia, in May 1975, against the newly victorious ... Read More »

Navy SEALs want to kick out bad actors. Then commander in chief stepped in. | USA Today

military standing arm in arm

The Navy SEAL commando force is the stuff of legend, however, its commander warned about an ethical and professional crisis in the ranks with the Gallagher case front and center. “We have a problem,” Rear Adm. Collin Green wrote in a letter to the troops. Then President Donald Trump stepped in. More by the USA Today Editorial Board: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/10/24/navy-seals-problem-edward-gallagher-donald-trump-editorials-debates/4069528002/ Read More »

What the U.S. Can Learn From Iranian Warfare | The Atlantic  

Iranian military discussing plans

Brian Katz reviews the contents of an interview with the commander of Iran’s Quds Force which revealed details about an escape from an increasingly intensifying Israeli campaign. Katz compares a scene in Beirut involving the Israelis and Iran to the situation in northeast Syria happening now. While the US should never emulate the majority of Iranian military actions, their approach ... Read More »

Each of us has a role in preventing veteran suicide | The Hill

Military cemetery

“Each year, more than 6,000 American veterans take their own lives. These include some of the bravest, most dedicated men and women this nation has ever produced. Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who put their own lives on the line to protect all of ours, find at some point that they cannot go on.  This is a tragedy. And it’s ... Read More »

Crises in Iraq and Haiti expose the failure of militarized neoliberalism | The Salon

Burning tires in a street in Haiti

“This season could be called the Autumn of Discontent, as people from the Middle East to Latin America and the Caribbean have been rising up against corrupt neoliberal governments. Two of the countries in crisis, Haiti and Iraq, are on opposite ends of the earth but have something important in common. Not only are they reeling from protests against government ... Read More »

Kosovo to Khmeimim: The 20-year strategy Russia played to outflank America | J Post

Russian leaders at a table

“As part of Russia’s deals with Turkey, the Russians agreed to let Turkey take over Afrin in northwest Syria in January 2018. The goal for Russia was to weaken the US relationship with the Kurdish YPG. But that didn’t work. Russia bided its time. Its goal was to evict the Americans. Under Trump, the US was seeking out a more ... Read More »

Op-Ed: This veterans advocate supports an assault weapons ban and buyback program. Here’s why. | Military Times

Soldier holding an assault rifle

“Knowing how strongly my son felt about ensuring the weapons he carried in Kandahar, Afghanistan, would not end up in the hands of dangerous individuals on our streets, I am carrying on Dan’s legacy by supporting O’Rourke’s buyback program. It is absolutely unacceptable that we live in a country where there are more guns than people, and that some of ... Read More »

Op-Ed: The Lost Lessons of “Black Hawk Down” | War on the Rocks

Black Hawk Helicopter

“The Battle of Mogadishu, the American operation in Somalia later immortalized by Mark Bowden’s seminal non-fiction book “Black Hawk Down” and dramatized in Ridley Scott’s exhilarating but slightly less non-fictional movie of the same name. On October 3, 1993, 160 U.S. Army Rangers and other special operations forces launched what was supposed to be a routine raid to capture two ... Read More »

Op-Ed: Why Bringing Back the Draft Could Stop America’s Forever Wars | Time

Silhouettes of soldiers walking with backpacks

“2019 marks the first year someone born after 9/11 will be eligible to enlist in the armed forces to potentially serve in Afghanistan or another theater in the global war on terror. Never before in our history has an American been able to fight in a war that is older than they are. Currently our civil-military divide is arguably as ... Read More »

Op-Ed Lack of legal services shouldn’t be another hurdle for homeless veterans | Air Force Times 

Homeless man sitting on steps

There are about 40,000 veterans struggling to put a roof over their head. Most are staying in shelters or transitional housing. A third of these veterans are living in cars, encampments or on the streets. Legal hurdles should not be an added hoop to jump through on the road to recovery, and it is essential that we come together across ... Read More »