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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during a White House briefing Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

This Whole Gold Star Mess

Trump does not appear to understand military service

U.S. service members walk off a helicopter on the runway at Camp Bost on Sept. 11 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images)

My time in the rotation helps show why our approach in Afghanistan is doomed

The U.S. military’s way of operating in Afghanistan is a recipe for failure.

A Bangor, ME police department dog. (Courtesy Bangor, Maine, police department)

Today’s briefing

A Bangor police dog takes the podium.

Headstones are seen at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia on Sept. 21. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

Waiting for that official knock on the door: A military spouse’s thoughts

The "sacred trust" between military families and the commander in chief provides secure ground

An Israeli soldier throws a grenade into a Hezbollah bunker during the 2006 Lebanon war. (Wikimedia Commons)

Some unhappy reasons for why we are on the verge of another war in Lebanon

Conversations with Israelis these days tend to end up in one place: casus belli.

British World War I recruitment poster. (Wikimedia Commons)

The British disdain for military affairs — and how it might affect British publishing

I’ve noticed in looking at British books about war in the last 20 years that the British public is not well served by its publishers.

Siegfried's Death, by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld. (Wikimedia Commons)

Have our military leaders been honest?

The military must be honest, both with itself and the rest of the nation.

The U.S. Marshall Plan logo. (Wikimedia Commons)

Great moments in interviews

A high school student interviewed Defense Secretary James Mattis

Carl Jung. (Wikimedia Commons)

Edgar on Strategy (VI): Speaking of Israel and Palestine, it’s time to consider social strategies and technical solutions  

As a strategic planner in the Israel Defense Forces specializing in the Palestinian arena, I was privileged to play a role in the 2013 Israeli-Palestinian security dialogue, conducted by General John R. Allen.

Milo the morale dog at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. (Department of Defense)

Milo the Morale Dog

Everything they say about the comforts of the Air Force lifestyle is true!

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