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Here's a brief but affecting glimpse of "The Invisible War," a new documentary, currently making its film festival debut at Sundance, exposing the insidious epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. armed forces, or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and what isn't being done about it.

Obama Signals a Shift in U.S. Military Strategy

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On Thursday, President Obama dropped in at the Pentagon to outline some sizable changes he's making to America's defense strategy in this last year of his first elected term. His plans will no doubt lay him open to criticism on the campaign trail, but at least it seems to make room for the possibility of focusing funds on the home front.

Military Establishment Takes Three Whacks at Robert Gates

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Robert Gates, who left his role as defense secretary this summer, has drawn criticism from members of the military establishment for allegedly lacking long-term vision, allowing military leaders to usurp civilian control and inadequately briefing and preparing the president for war. (more)

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Is Struck Down

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“Don't ask, don't tell” is unconstitutional, a federal judge in California ruled late Thursday, striking down the military's 17-year-old homophobic compromise that allows gay participation in the armed forces as long as they shut up about their orientation and do not “engage in homosexual acts."

Hitchens Pipes Up for 'Foxhole Atheists'

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"God Is Not Great" author Christopher Hitchens got a feel for the evangelical climate at the Air Force Academy in May and came away with some troubling questions. In a column headlined "In Defense of Foxhole Atheists," he asks: "Is there a clique within the United States military that is seeking to use the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as an opportunity to mount a new crusade and to Christianize the 'heathen'?"

Mutually Assured Defense Spending

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A hawkish speech by President Dmitry Medvedev may signal a massive overhaul and escalation of the Russian military. Fears of a growing threat posed by NATO have pushed Russian officials to plan a modernization of the country's conventional and nuclear forces by 2011.

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Lt. Col. Paul Yingling has hit out with a withering critique of the Iraq war in the Armed Forces Journal, taking aim at American military leaders for being woefully unprepared -- and hence not preparing troops -- for the challenges the war has posed. What's more, Yingling thinks it's bound to end in defeat for the U.S.

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