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We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

In the first half of 2015, violence by both the Taliban and the U.S. has risen sharply, and Islamic State has emerged as a new and dangerous player. Once again, ordinary Afghans are the victims.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

Pentagon Working on Plan to Allow Transgender People to Serve Openly in Military

Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Monday paved the way for transgender people to serve openly in the U.S. military. Some estimates put the number of transgender people in the military at 15,000.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

Vladimir Putin Opens Russian ‘Military Disneyland’

The Russian president used the opening of Patriot Park to announce a dramatic expansion of the country’s nuclear arsenal.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE

Thou Shalt Not Kill

Repulsed by tales of U.S. atrocities told by veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spc. Robert Weilbacher applied for and was granted conscientious objector status. Then the Pentagon pulled a fast one, leaving him trapped in a hypermasculine dystopia.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE

Memorial Day

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The Costs of War, the Price of Peace

What price would you pay not to kill another human being?

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The Bush Administration Spent Billions on an Iraqi Army With 50,000 ‘Ghost’ Soldiers

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi announced to his parliament Sunday that inspectors had uncovered 50,000 nonexistent soldiers in four divisions of the Iraqi army.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE

Gays in the Military

A new photo book puts a face to the struggles of homosexual men and women in the U.S. armed forces.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE

Garry Wilmore (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Pentagon Finally Decides to Dig Up Remains of Long Lost Soldier

After a ProPublica story, the military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE

Bowe Bergdahl: Army of Wha’?!

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Mega Memorial Day Sale

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Memorial Day

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Cyber Soldier

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Bloody Military Medals

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Drone Technology Now Available for Military Trucks (Video)

U.S. Army convoys will soon be able to move through combat zones without endangering soldiers’ lives once new autonomous-vehicle technology tested last month is put into place.

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Why Washington Can’t Stop

In terms of advanced and unchallenged military power, there has been nothing like the U.S. armed forces since the Mongols swept across Eurasia. No wonder American presidents now regularly use phrases like “the finest fighting force the world has ever known” to describe it.

Posted on Oct 24, 2013 READ MORE

angeloangelo (CC BY 2.0)

Real ‘Iron Man’ Body Armor?

The U.S. Army is calling on the technology industry, government labs and academia to help build an exoskeleton that would give its troops “superhuman strength.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 READ MORE

The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0)

The Forgotten War

Will the U.S. still be meddling in Afghanistan 30 years from now? If history is any guide, the answer is yes—and most Americans will have only the haziest idea why.

Posted on Oct 3, 2013 READ MORE

Fort Hood

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AP/Patrick Semansky, File

Bradley Manning Trial Verdict Reportedly Reached

Presiding judge Army Col. Denise Lind is scheduled to announce her decision Tuesday, NBC News is reporting. 

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE

Sexual Assault Reform

Posted on Jul 23, 2013 READ MORE

Military Harassment

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE

Military Assault

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Chain of Command

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE

Defense Seal

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Pig Parts

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VA Lines

Posted on Apr 4, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Carolyn Kaster

Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told a panel of judge advocate generals that their supposed efforts to resolve the military’s sexual abuse crisis were not enough.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE

Whistle While You Work

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Women in Combat

Posted on Jan 27, 2013 READ MORE

Free Syrian Army

Posted on Jan 2, 2013 READ MORE

Thomas Hedges

The Bomb Bazaar

More than 650 companies showcased their weapon systems at the 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exhibition last month in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE

AP/Lewis Levine

U.S. Soldiers Allegedly Plotted to Kill Obama, Overthrow the Government

Four members of the Army killed a former comrade and his teenaged girlfriend to keep secret the plans of the anarchist group they had formed, prosecutors in Georgia say.

Posted on Aug 28, 2012 READ MORE


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Fear, Outrage and Explanation After 6 Killed at Sikh Temple

Authorities have identified a 40-year-old Army veteran and white supremacist as the gunman in Sunday’s Sikh temple shooting, the latest in a string of post-9/11 attacks that has shaken Sikh Americans’ sense of security.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 READ MORE

Archie Army: Comics Used to Recruit Soldiers Are Laughable

The U.S. government-funded “America’s Army” is a digital comic being used as a recruitment tool and it, well, sucks; free online courses may be changing the face of college education as we know it; meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh has been fabricating callers and outsourcing Facebook fans. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE


Green Berets on the Hunt for Kony

It seems the viral horde that spread the message of African warlord Joseph Kony got what it wanted, or maybe just had it all along. For about six months, U.S. Green Berets have been training and supporting soldiers in four nations on the hunt for the Lord’s Resistance Army leader.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE

AP / DVIDS, Spc. Ryan Hallock, File

Bales Charged With 17 Counts of Murder

On Friday, the U.S. military took a significant step in the case of Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the American soldier accused of killing 17 civilians in Afghanistan on March 11, by formally charging him with 17 counts of murder, along with other alleged crimes.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE

mobyhill (CC-BY)

Dead Americans, Dead Goats, and Half a Million Gunmen on the Loose

Since May 2007, 76 NATO soldiers have been killed and an undisclosed number wounded in 46 recorded “deliberate attacks” by members of the Afghan National Security Force. These figures suggest more than a recent “trend of Afghan treachery.”

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis

It may seem quaint that a high-ranking Army officer with a career spanning some 27 years would look to Jimmy Stewart’s everyman hero in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” for inspiration in his own life, but it’s a darned good thing that Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis holds such old-fashioned ideals as truth-telling in high regard.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE

U.S. Army

Eight U.S. Soldiers Charged in Comrade’s Death

On Oct. 3, 19-year-old U.S. Army Pvt. Danny Chen died of a gunshot wound to the head in southern Afghanistan. The Army initially called his death a suicide. The back story now involves eight of his fellow soldiers who allegedly subjected Chen to race-based hazing.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE

Red Menace

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Flickr / euripedies

A Peek at the Military’s Budget for Eternal Salvation

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is running an investigation into how much money the U.S. Department of Defense spends pressuring military staff and families to embrace Christianity, and it is finding violations of the Constitution and rules governing federal contractors. (more)

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)

400,000 Brain-Injured Veterans Due Home From Afghanistan and Iraq

Independent experts suggest that more than 400,000 American service members will return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries that could lead to severe personality disorders, and little is being done to help them. (more)

Posted on Jun 26, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Khalil Hamra

Deadly Crackdown in Tahrir Square

Life isn’t all peachy in Egypt, even with Hosni Mubarak gone. The Egyptian army went after protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, killing one and injuring dozens, as the military tried to clear demonstrations calling for prosecution of Mubarak and family members.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE

AP / U.S. Army

U.S. Soldier Pleads Guilty to Murdering 3 Afghan Civilians

After working out a plea bargain that shortened his time in prison from a life sentence to 24 years, Spc. Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty Thursday to deliberately killing Afghan civilians last year and agreed to talk about his alleged Army accomplices.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE

Report Says Army Could Have Prevented Anthrax Attacks

The man accused of carrying out the anthrax attacks that killed five people and made 17 others sick, the late Dr. Bruce Ivins, on the basis of his psychological profile should not have been allowed to have access to the toxic spores, according to a new report.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Hussein Malla

Libyan Rebels Chased From Eastern Town

Pro-Gadhafi forces pressed their assault on rebel positions in Libya, pushing the revolutionary army from the eastern town of Brega. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meantime, was preparing to meet with the rebels’ revolutionary council.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE


Manning Might Face the Death Penalty

Pfc. Bradley Manning was allegedly the conduit through which WikiLeaks received a great deal of information that the U.S. military and government didn’t want the public to know, and on Wednesday the Army slapped him with ...

Posted on Mar 2, 2011 READ MORE

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