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A soldier with the 108th Cavalry Regiment secures an old Soviet facility in Afghanistan as they prepare for a “contract rodeo” in 2009. Troops guided more than 100 building contractors on a tour of the facility, which was to be converted into a forward-operating base. (ResoluteSupportMedia / CC-BY)

The chaotic evacuation of Afghanistan has dominated the news cycle over the past day, with every station playing non-stop scenes of abject desparation at the Kabul airport. In the most horrific footage, Afghan civilians can be seen clinging to the wheels of departing US transports and falling to their deaths…


Despite assurances from the Biden administration, the evacuation of Afghan interpreters is tied up in bureaucratic squabbling

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It is clear: If your military troops deployed in Country X have been aided by members of Country X’s population — such as interpreters, drivers, fixers, security guards, staff at your embassy, etc.; and if, in aiding your troops these interpreters, etc., have also saved your troops’ lives; and if…


Veterans have identified a number of heroes far more deserving of veneration than these Confederate icons

The Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk in Louisiana. Photo: Mario Villafuerte/Getty Images

As both a soldier and an airman, I spent much of my time in the military at the “rebel forts” — the 10 U.S. Army posts that were named after Confederate generals. As a young recruit from Texas in the late ’90s, I attended infantry school at Fort Benning, Georgia…


Luis Elizondo helped release Navy videos of unidentified aerial phenomena. Last month, the Pentagon confirmed they were real.

Photo illustration. Sources: To the Stars Academy, U.S. Department of Defense

If we find out one day that aliens really do exist, there’s a good chance we’ll have Luis Elizondo to thank. …


Hint: Think less ‘Star Wars,’ and more, well, the usual war stuff

Photo illustration; Source: U.S. Air Force

Unless you’ve been living in a galaxy far, far away, you’ve probably heard of the newest branch of the U.S. military: the Space Force. …


Illustrations: Johanna Burai

The story of one canine entrepreneur shows that it pays to be a military middleman

At first glance, James Lyle’s life looks ordinary. The 49-year-old is married with two daughters and lives in Pearl River, Louisiana, about 45 minutes outside of New Orleans. Like many small-town dads, Lyle spends his free time attending football games at the local high school and posting on Facebook; recently…


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If you did, you wouldn’t want them playing an endless ‘Call of Duty’ game all over the world

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

You don’t support the troops. If you did, you wouldn’t want this. You wouldn’t want a war with Iran, a country that has more people and is significantly larger than Iraq and Afghanistan combined. …


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Sure, Veterans Day was a couple weeks ago. This is a powerful story any day.

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Heidi served in the Navy. I met her at an Andrew Yang rally earlier this month and while what she told me didn’t quite fit neatly into the bigger story I had to write about Yang, I think her story is important for you to read on its own. …


Private armies were the norm in most of military history, and they’re making a big comeback

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Everywhere around the world, the nature of war is changing, and the West is failing to adapt. Western powers are already losing on the margins to threats like Russia, China, and others that have made the leap forward and grow bolder each year. Eventually someone will test us and win.


Military dogs like the one made famous by the raid in Syria have a long pedigree

A photo of Conan, a female Belgian Malinois military working dog.
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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi likely died with the sound of one of America’s most fearsome warriors still ringing in his ears.

In the aftermath of the Saturday night raid on al-Baghdadi’s compound in Syria’s northeastern Idlib province, U.S. officials revealed that it was a military working dog that pursued…

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