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The decay of the profession of arms

Number five in Best Defense's countdown of 2014's most popular posts.


Soldiers for Ignorance

Why the Taliban can’t win in its fight against the future -- and other bad omens for 2015.


The Pakistani Taliban's War on Education, by the Numbers

The Pakistani Taliban's ruthless attacks on schools, teachers, and activists have disrupted the education of hundreds of thousands of Pakistani children.

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If I could change only one thing in military personnel policy (II): I’d change the culture of the institution

By Donald E. Vandergriff Best Defense guest columnist "The principal thing now is to increase the responsibilities of the individual man, particularly his independence of ...

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Just when you thought the Army had its shit together, it puts out a paper like this

I really wanted to like this new Army white paper on "The Human Dimension: A Framework for Optimizing Human Performance." I had hoped, following the ...


Chasing Away the Democracy Blues

Why democracy is worth fighting for -- now more than ever.


Nigerian Girls Brought Back — Maybe

More than six months after the highly publicized kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok in northeastern Nigeria, a newly reached cease-fire deal ...

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