Thomas E. Ricks

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.

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What’s on Yoda’s reading list?

By LCDR Christopher Nelson, USN Best Defense guest reader  I recently had the opportunity to review an advance copy of a biography on Andrew Marshall. I'll save you the suspense: ...

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Regaining the moral high ground: Time to think about ‘Just Intelligence’ doctrine

By Maj. John Jeffcoat, British Army Best Defense guest columnist The compounding impact of the Snowden leaks and the CIA's use of torture represents a ...

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Is patriarchal sexism alive and well in the military? Where do you think bears poop?

By Joan Johnson-Freese and Ellen Haring Best Defense guest columnists When Michelle Howard was named the Navy's first 4-star admiral last summer, it was reported ...

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Marine colonel: Drop the Cuba embargo

A Best Defense re-run. This item originally ran on Oct. 23, 2009. By Jeff Goodes Best Defense guest correspondent The Obama administration's decision to extend ...

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Quote of the day: A warning for SOF

From an article about Australian Special Operators: "The broad spectrum of activities, missions, and expectations of SOF could lead to the cardinal sin of all ...

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