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Book excerpt: ‘The Warbird’

This is from The Warbird, a new book by Tara Copp, the Pentagon correspondent for “Stars & Stripes.” It is about her grandfather and her grand-uncle during World War II, and also her own experience of war in Iraq.

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Best Defense book excerpt — Ford’s ‘Weapon of Choice: Small Arms and the Culture of Military Innovation’

Weapon of Choice maps military innovation from the battlefield to the bureaucrat, from soldier to scientist.

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Hey, General McMaster: Does your strategy canon have space for works by women, Asians or Africans?

Our new National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster’s reading list is interesting, but it entirely lacks works by women, or non-Westerners, for that matter.

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Book excerpt: When McMaster’s former deputy challenged the Army’s generals

One day in late 2006, Lt. Col. Paul Yingling, deputy commander of H. R. McMaster’s 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, attended a ceremony awarding the Purple Heart to soldiers in his unit who had been wounded in Iraq.

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Review: ‘Spoils,’ a brutally intimate novel of combat in the early days of the Iraq war

Typical of war novels, "Spoils" wields trauma like a machete, trying to cut its way into the human condition.

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A guidebook for managing military talent

At any mention of personnel reform, most defense wonks and service members will either jump on their soapboxes for a sermon or run for the hills as fast as their legs will carry them.

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