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Weirdness aboard the USS Cowpens

So it turns out that the skipper of the Cowpens who was relieved in June of 2014 (the third in a row!) had taken to his sickbed for weeks while deployed, where he was nursed by his female acting XO, with whom he was found to be “unduly familiar.”

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The further adventures of ‘Tom Ricks’

That’s from good old Doctrine Man, who helps keep us all sane. And makes me look younger.


The Army Needs Anthropologists

With the quiet death of the military's controversial Human Terrain System, America's soldiers have lost a guiding light that is needed now more than ever.

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‘The Fixer: A Story From Sarajevo': A fine book about war and journalism these days

My daughter passed along to me a graphic non-fiction book she’d read, Joe Sacco’s The Fixer: A Story From Sarajevo. I was impressed. I think this is one of the best books I have read about the Bosnian war, and also about war journalism these days.

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If I could change one thing in personnel policy (7): Trust the market more, and trust the central planners much less

The Army could learn a valuable lesson from the National Football League — no, not the dangers of systemically understating the risk of traumatic brain injury and the accompanying long-term consequences.

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SEAL Team 6 by the Numbers

GAO report publishes Navy special mission unit's personnel strength.

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