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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 »

Op-ed: Eradicate the stigma of mental health care | Navy Times

Older man sitting on bench

Unmedicated, uncounseled and alone – his death was preventable. The stigma he harbored about asking for help would eventually claim his life. He died penniless and bed-ridden inside a state institution, the victim of a stroke brought on by his refusal to eat, drink or move as his mental illness consumed him. As I’ve reflected on his life, I continue ... Read More »

Pride, Determination, and Courage Equal Grit | The Epoch Times

Soldiers standing in rows

Pride inspires the SEALs and their comrades-in-arms in other military services to complete their training.  A love of liberty stiffens the spines of the Hong Kong protesters.  A refusal to be intimidated surely accounts for the bold stands of Trump and Haley. Read more by Jeff Minick: https://www.theepochtimes.com/pride-determination-and-courage-equal-grit_3098211.html Read More »

Explainer: After the attacks on Saudi oil production, why didn’t oil prices skyrocket? | Navy Times

Oil rig at sunset

The new reality of world oil supply that has recently emerged explains why panic remains unlikely with current conditions. And central to this reality is the radically new role played by the U.S., one that will not wither or weaken anytime soon. What does this mean for the global market? Two things: that the world has gained a massive new ... Read More »

Future wars will be won with open mission systems | Defense News

Soldier holding a tablet

Metaphorically speaking, the military services have been in the hardware-buying business for too long. For decades we have purchased weapons that all too often do not communicate with one another, are expensive to maintain and are difficult to update with new technology. In the future, we must shift our focus from buying hardware to buying software and “apps.” Read more ... Read More »

Defending those we send to protect us | ASPI Strategist

Soldiers waiting for a helicopter

Most don’t want to know what happens on that wall. Combat is terrifying. It is horridly dreadful. And although there’s an international code that describes lawful and unlawful actions among nations and their service members, the fog of war is truly that—murkiness, especially when those you’re fighting don’t abide by the laws of warfare or acknowledge the norms of civilised ... Read More »

Op-Ed: Why a former secretary of Defense says we don’t need a draft or mandatory public service | LA Times

In a country worried about its own internal divisions, public figures are increasingly calling for a return of the military draft, or at least some kind of mandatory national service. Wouldn’t it be good, they often reason, to reinforce for today’s young people the sense of common cause that animated the Greatest Generation? Universal service is a commendable effort to ... Read More »

Op-ed | A military service is measured by its impact, not the size of its bombs | Space News

Satellite hovering over Earth in space

According to the theory of warfare promulgated by the Air Force Association (AFA), Congress should reject President Trump’s proposal to establish a U.S. Space Force since it cannot apply lethal kinetic force. There is no point, they contend, in having a space service until we are ready to send troops into orbit or deploy weapons from space. Their policy position ... Read More »