Savior Admirals And Generals, Civilian-Military Relations, And The Presidency

By James A. Russell Recent statements by a bevy of retired admirals and generals, former Special Operations Commander Admiral (Ret.) William McRaven, and former Defense Secretary General (Ret.) Jim Mattis’s admonishment of the commander-in-chief, President Trump, provide insight into some… Continue Reading  

Killing Me Softly With Militarism: The Decay Of Democracy In America

By William J. Astore When Americans think of militarism, they may imagine jackbooted soldiers goose-stepping through the streets as flag-waving crowds exult; or, like our president, they may think of enormous parades featuring troops and missiles and tanks, with warplanes soaring overhead.… Continue Reading  

Hypersonic Weapons and National (In)security

by Rajan Menon Hypersonic weapons close in on their targets at a minimum speed of Mach 5, five times the speed of sound or 3,836.4 miles an hour. They are among the latest entrants in an arms competition that has… Continue Reading  

Bestselling Pentagon Fiction

by William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger For the Pentagon, happy days are here again (if they ever left). With a budget totaling more than $1.4 trillion for the next two years, the department is riding high, even as it… Continue Reading  

Living at War (Forever)

by Danny Sjursen Recently, on a beautiful Kansas Saturday, I fell asleep early, exhausted by the excitement and ultimate disappointment of the Army football team’s double overtime loss to highly favored Michigan. Having turned against America’s forever wars and the… Continue Reading