The Week: Most Recent us-military recent posts.en-usSun, 24 Feb 2013 19:00:00 -0500http://theweek.com Recent us-military from THE WEEKSun, 24 Feb 2013 19:00:00 -0500The 2013 Oscars: Live-blogging the awards<img src="" /></P><p>One of the longest and strangest Oscar seasons in recent memory draws to a close tonight with the 85th annual Academy Award ceremony &ndash; which begins on ABC starting at 8:30 p.m. (See our predictions for the Academy Awards here, and read a collection of <em>The Week</em>&rsquo;s other Oscar-related stories below.) Will <em>Argo</em> fend off tough competition to win Best Picture? Will host Seth MacFarlane be a hit or a dud? Will anyone be able to pronounce Best Actress nominee Quevazhane Wallis' name correctly? (For the record: Kwah-VAN-jeh-nay.)</p><p>Join us in real time as we find out. Tonight, entertainment editor...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Sun, 24 Feb 2013 19:00:00 -0500The problems with Esquire's bin Laden shooter expos&eacute;<img src="" /></P><p><object id="msnbc5af191" width="660" height="397" data="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"><param name="FlashVars" value="launch=50768594&amp;width=660&amp;height=397" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="src" value="" /><param name="flashvars" value="launch=50768594&amp;width=660&amp;height=397" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="pluginspage" value="" /></object></p><p><em>Esquire</em> had a huge scoop on Monday, posting online an interview with probably the most famous known-unknown man in America: The Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden. The recently retired SEAL, referred to only as the Shooter, revealed some interesting new details about the harrowing bin Laden raid and the death of the al Qaeda leader. He is also, as the article's author, Phil Bronstein, says in the headline, "screwed," left by the Navy with "no pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family." (Watch Bronstein discuss how the Shooter has been forced to live "like...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:50:00 -0500Obama, drones, and the blissful ignorance of Americans<img src="" /></P><p>A leaked Department of Justice memo outlining the legal rationale for President Obama's aggressive drone policy has sparked a heated debate &mdash; much of it centered on President Obama's apparent hypocrisy.</p><p>After all, Obama spent much of the 2008 campaign criticizing George W. Bush's policies on Guantanamo Bay and the waterboarding of three terrorists. And now he's okay with killing al-Qaeda-affiliated U.S. citizens without due process?</p><p>During one drone strike, a 16-year-old American was killed. You may write this off as collateral damage, but had this happened on George W. Bush's watch, you...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-k-lewis" ><span class="byline">Matt K. Lewis</span></a>Wed, 06 Feb 2013 09:15:00 -0500The murder of Chris Kyle: A watershed moment for military PTSD?<img src="" /></P><p>Chris Kyle was so deadly with a sniper rifle that Iraqi insurgents gave the U.S. Navy SEAL the nickname "the devil of Ramadi" and put a bounty on his head. No dice. Kyle retired in 2009 as one of the deadliest snipers in U.S. military history, notching at least 150 kills, then published a best-selling autobiography, <em>American Sniper</em>, in 2012. Kyle started a military training company, Craft International, and in 2011 launched a charity, FITCO Cares Foundation, to help provide exercise equipment and counseling for veterans, especially those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:37:00 -0500WATCH: Are DARPA's dissolvable electronics the future of espionage?<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="660" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>America's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) doesn't want our military technology to fall into enemy hands, where it could be studied, reverse engineered, and possibly used against us. That's why the Pentagon's research arm is investing significant resources into developing battlefield electronics that, literally, disintegrate on command.</p><p>Above is a small piece of hardware that's part of a program called VAPR, or Vanishing Programmable Resources. Essentially, it's a thin sheet of programmable silicon, magnesium, and silk that dissolves when liquid is introduced. Imagine littering...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Tue, 29 Jan 2013 10:45:00 -0500The most brutal takedowns of Tucker Carlson's thoughts on women in combat<img src="" /></P><p>A time-honored parlor game for political pundits is to expose the glaring hypocrisies of their opponents with pithy zingers, a tradition that has flourished in the 140-character universe of Twitter. The boilerplate is something like this: Party A is demanding X, but when the issue is Y, Party A demands the opposite! A liberal-friendly example:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>GOP says mental health care not gun safety will prevent deaths. So why are they are turning down Medicaid expansion?;</p>&mdash; LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) January 20, 2013</blockquote><p>And a conservative one, referring to President Obama...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:41:00 -0500Why women soldiers don't belong on the front lines<img src="" /></P><p>Yesterday, word leaked that the secretary of defense intends to lift restrictions on women in combat. I wish I could declare that this is a bold stroke for equality, and that it's about time the Pentagon transcended outmoded sexist thinking. I wish I could write that women will lead the infantry to new, greater glories on the battlefield &mdash; the likes of which haven't been seen since Alexander won the Battle of the Hydaspes. But I cannot.</p><p>There is an uncomfortable truth about women in combat, and it starts at Basic Training. In the Army, a couple of times a year and before attending any formal...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/david-w-brown" ><span class="byline">David W. Brown</span></a>Thu, 24 Jan 2013 09:51:00 -0500U.S. removes ban on women in combat<img src="" /></P><p>Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is moving to remove the military's longstanding ban on women in combat, according to senior defense officials. The groundbreaking move overturns a 1994 rule that prohibits women from holding positions in small ground combat units, and opens hundreds of thousands of front-line positions, as well as elite commando jobs.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Some positions may open this year, while other special operations jobs will take awhile longer, the <em>AP</em> reports. High-level military officials have been ordered to present plans for implementing the change by May 15. The military has until 2016 to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Wed, 23 Jan 2013 15:55:00 -0500The irresponsibly stupid and dangerous camouflage patterns of the U.S. military<img src="" /></P><p>When the Marine Corps selected a digital pattern for its combat uniform in 2002, the U.S. military as a whole seemed to fracture, with each branch wandering aimlessly in a bizarre search for sartorial identity. It's been a long, strange trip since. So let's take a brief look at the camouflage patterns of the U.S. military, and the sorry stories of their adoptions.</p><p class="p1"><strong>Universal Camouflage Pattern (U.S. Army)<br /></strong>The only other country that uses the Universal Camouflage Pattern (see the photos here) for its military is Kazakhstan. That's pretty much everything you need to know about its effectiveness. Make...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/david-w-brown" ><span class="byline">David W. Brown</span></a>Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:15:00 -0500Americans should spend more money on veterans<img src="" /></P><p>It doesn't matter whether you agree or disagree with President Obama's strategy on Afghanistan, because the president has made his decision. After more than a decade of war, major U.S. military operations are coming to an end. Many will welcome this development; years upon years of war have wearied America. But while this exhaustion is understandable, it's also insignificant. Since the fall of 2001, while we spent money in malls, our fellow citizens were giving everything abroad. Now these veterans need our support.</p><p>While their fortitude is incredible and their military successes undeniable, after...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/tom-rogan" ><span class="byline">Tom Rogan</span></a>Wed, 16 Jan 2013 06:19:00 -0500Would a Defense Secretary Hagel lead to a demise in American military power?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">A number of competing theories exist to explain why President Obama nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel, the Republican from Nebraska, to be the next defense secretary. Is it because Hagel was a staunch critic of the Iraq War? Or that Vice President Joe Biden and Hagel have an especially close relationship? Or that Obama wants to get in the GOP's face after Susan Rice was forced to withdraw her candidacy to become secretary of state? The choice of Hagel is a tad mysterious, because his base of support is largely confined to the White House: Hagel is viewed as a turncoat by Republicans, and Democrats...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:26:00 -0500The U.S. military's top-secret 'tsunami bomb' from World War II<img src="" /></P><p>This just in: The United States military was reportedly testing a fearsome backup weapon if "Fat Man" and "Little Boy," the respective code names for the two atomic bombs dropped over Japan in World War II, had failed to detonate. Documents recently unearthed by filmmaker Ray Waru reveal that the U.S. military was working with the New Zealand government to develop a devastating<strong> tsunami bomb</strong>, which was meant to send a 33-foot tidal wave crashing into Japan's coast.</p><p class="p2">Code-named "<strong>Project Seal</strong>," the WMD relied on a series of 10 large offshore blasts and was tested off the coast of New Caledonia and...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:12:00 -0500The Army's obesity problem: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p>When an entire nation has an obesity problem, it should be no surprise that its army will have one as well. These days, being "too fat to fight" is an increasingly common concern in the U.S. military.&nbsp;According to <em>The</em> <em>Washington Post</em>, obesity is now the leading cause of ineligibility among potential Army volunteers and current military personnel. Indeed, as pressure mounts for the Army to cut its budget, it has begun to dismiss troops who need to cut a few pounds. Here, a look at the Army's weight problem, by the numbers:</p><p><strong>241</strong><br />Maximum weight, in pounds, for female enlistees</p><p><strong>258</strong><br />Maximum weight...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/samantha-rollins" ><span class="byline">Samantha Rollins</span></a>Tue, 11 Dec 2012 16:21:00 -0500Is it time to stop barring women from combat?<img src="" /></P><p>The American Civil Liberties Union and four women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to end the ban on women in combat. The women, two of whom were awarded Purple Hearts after being wounded in action, said the military is moving too slowly to open up more roles to female soldiers, especially since many women have already been tested in battle in a decade of overseas wars. The military keeps 238,000 positions, about a fifth of all military jobs, off-limits to women. The Pentagon says it's constantly reviewing the restrictions and opening new positions to women, but that...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Wed, 28 Nov 2012 11:28:00 -0500Should military drones be allowed to decide who to kill?<img src="" /></P><p>America's drone program is widely seen as the&nbsp;weapon of choice for the Obama administration. In the president's first term alone, drones were used an estimated four times more than during the entirety of the Bush administration. Clearly,&nbsp;<strong>drones will continue to play a key role in the future of combat</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p class="p2">Currently, there's a human operator behind every machine, ensuring that someone can be held accountable for any misfires or civilian casualties. But what happens <strong>when technology advances to the point that humans are removed</strong> from the equation?</p><p class="p1">That's the question being posed in <strong>a...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Mon, 26 Nov 2012 16:45:00 -0500Can Ecstasy help veterans fight off post-traumatic stress disorder?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong>The question:</strong> Can MDMA, better known as Ecstasy, help soldiers coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan combat war's psychological toil? Ecstasy is experiencing a renaissance among young party-goers thanks to a resurgent rave scene. But the popular drug, which can induce brief flashes of euphoria and temporarily make users more affectionate, has also been the focus of a controversial psychotherapy experiment to help war veterans cope with post-traumatic test syndrome, or PTSD. A new study published in the <em>Journal of Psychopharmacology</em> by husband and wife team Michael and Ann Mithoefer investigates...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 21 Nov 2012 12:38:00 -0500