U.S. Military

U.S. Military : By the numbers
A U.S. marine patrols in southern Afghanistan: The U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to cost, on average, $9.7 billion per month.

What U.S. war expenditures could have bought instead: By the numbers

The conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are costing, on average, $9.7 billion a month — roughly the equivalent of six space shuttle flights

U.S. Military : Best Video
Staff Sgt. Angie Johnson shows off powerful vocals that rival even Adele's talent.

A U.S. Air Force band's 'awesome' Adele cover

Military musicians become YouTube darlings with their impressive take on "Rolling in the Deep"

U.S. Military : By the numbers
A U.S. army soldier in an Afghanistan housing tent: One expert's estimate says the U.S. military's air conditioning bill for Afghanistan and Iraq will exceed NASA's 2011 budget.

The military's $20 billion air conditioning bill: By the numbers

A former U.S. military logistician calculates the staggering cost of keeping soldiers from broiling in the desert

U.S. Military : The List
British journalist James Fergusson shares the best of wartime writing.

6 books about military disasters

British journalist James Fergusson recommends histories of Napoleon's retreat, trench warfare, and war crimes in Iraq

U.S. Military : Best Column
Students participate during Navy SEALs Hell Week training: The SEAL training is recognized as the hardest military training in the world, says Eric Greitens in The Wall Street Journal.

Inside the mind of a Navy SEAL

In The Wall Street Journal, Navy SEAL Eric Greitens gives a firsthand account of the torturous training and gripping camaraderie of the elite force

U.S. Military : Best Video
The flames on the engines of this inflatable boat were created by the Navy's high-energy laser gun a full mile away.

The Navy's 'scary' new laser gun

The military makes science fiction a reality with laser weapons that might one day disable enemy ships or incinerate missiles in flight

U.S. Military : Burning Question
Soldiers line up for a Veterans Day Parade: A new report finds that 77 percent of America's top military leaders are white.

Is the military really too white and too male?

A new report suggests a dearth of diversity in the top ranks of America's armed forces. What's to be done?

U.S. Military : Opinion Brief
America's military culture has consistently failed to prevent rape and sexual assault, say plaintiffs involved in a landmark lawsuit against the Pentagon.

The U.S. military's 'rape epidemic'

Current and former soldiers are suing the Pentagon, accusing it of failing to prevent rape within the military. Will this public protest make women in uniform safer?

Gays in the Military : Opinion Brief
The videos produced by Capt. Owen Honors were shown to sailors and Marines aboard the USS Enterprise, which has a crew of 6,000, in 2006 and 2007.

Lewd video scandal: Should the USS Enterprise captain have lost his command?

Navy Capt. Owen Honors was relieved of his duties over a series of raunchy videos he produced. Was the punishment fair or is this an overreaction?

Gays in the Military : Winners and Losers
The repeal of DADT is "monumental" for gay military personnel, says one blogger.

'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal: Winners and losers

The Senate cleared the final big hurdle to ending the U.S. military's stay-in-the-closet policy. Who gains and who loses?

Gays in the Military : Sunday Talk Show Briefing
Was the Senate right to repeal "Don't ask, don't tell"?

'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal: Big deal?

The Senate sent President Obama a bill that will end the 17-year-old policy on gays in the military. Will this help or harm the troops? Does it even matter?

Gays in the Military : The List
Activists target John McCain, the most vocal Senate opponent of repealing "Don't Ask, don't tell," during a rally on Capital Hill last week.

'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal: The 4 key questions

The bid to end the controversial policy on gays in the military is back on track again — but these four factors could derail it

Gays in the Military : Opinion Brief
Activists rally on "don't ask, don't tell" as Democrats fall three votes short of the bringing the matter to a final vote.

Is DADT repeal dead in the water?

Senate Democrats failed in their attempt to end the ban on gays in the military. Will they get another chance?

Gays in the Military : Fact Sheet
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates presents a report concluding that openly gay men and women serving in the military is low risk.

'Don't ask, don't tell': Where the battle lines lie

Who advocates repealing the military's controversial policy on gay soldiers, and who wants to keep it in place?

Gays in the Military : Opinion Brief
The McCain house appears to be divided over "don't ask, don't tell."

Don't ask, don't tell: McCain vs. McCain?

Cindy McCain blasts the policy against gays in the military, even though her husband, Sen. John McCain, is against repealing it 

Gays in the Military : Opinion Brief
Openly gay recruits could find themselves in a "legal limbo" if the courts reverse the  "don't ask, don't tell" repeal.

'Don't ask, don't tell': What happens now?

After more legal drama, military recruiters have been told to accept applications from openly gay Americans. Is this the end of the ban?

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