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How to Read the New National Military Strategy

The newest strategy document contains some stunning admissions, if you know where to look.

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The warrior and moral injury

Defined as "perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations," moral injury is the proverbial "800 pound gorilla" that most active-duty combat veterans know is in the room but military culture won't allow us to talk about.

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Pentagon: U.S. Strike Kills Senior Islamic State Leader in Syria

A drone raid in Syria takes out an Islamic State leader who was in charge of foreign fighters, a day after his brother is killed in Iraq.

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New Pentagon Strategy Eyes Russia, Long Fights Against Jihadis

A new national military strategy released Wednesday by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes more notice of aggressive states like ...

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A hot new novel about our wars: ‘I’d Walk With My Friends If I Could Find Them’

The structure of the novel is challenging, but Goolsby employs ruthless thematic control in order keep the narrative clipping along.

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