Military

  • Admiral Jeffrey Harley

    Rear Admiral Jeffrey Harley on “Story in the Public Square”

    Air Dates: November 25-26, 2017 Among its many missions, the U.S. military also operates a system of schools that provide professional military education—or PME—to rising leaders in each service. Therefore, Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Harley has charted a new path for the U.S. Naval War College at a time of historic global challenges. Admiral Harley is the 56th President of the U.S. Naval War College. Now in his second year as president, Harley … Read More

  • D-Day + 70 Years

    I originally posted this on June 6, 2008 on the Flashpoint Blog of the American Security Project.  I’m re-posting it here today, the 70th anniversary of D-Day. General Dwight D. Eisenhower, USA, Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces, drafted a statement on the eve of the D-Day invasion.  He intended to issue it to the press should the invasion fail and be pushed back into the sea. He wrote: Our landings in … Read More

  • Females ready for Infantry?

    Quantico, VA       The United States Marine Corps has recently enlisted four females to begin training with the School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, N.C. later on this week. This enlistment is part of an experiment which will aid to identify branches that can be opened up to females in the military.      The females who graduate the course will not receive an infantry specialty occupation or MOS if they … Read More

  • New Study: Senior U.S. Military Schools Struggle to Include Cyber Education in Curricula

    New study finds mismatch between the challenges posed by cyber threats to national security and the limited exposure students receive at the nation’s senior military schools Newport, R.I. – America’s military graduate programs are struggling to integrate cyber education within their curricula and to reorient their academic objectives and outcomes to prepare senior military officers to lead in the cyber age. In a new study, “Joint Professional Military Education Institutions … Read More

  • Bradley Manning’s verdict is in

    Bradley Manning is the young man behind the largest leak of classified government information in U.S. history. Three years ago, U.S. Army Pfc. Manning shared three quarters of a million pages of protected war logs, communications and videos to WikiLeaks. The information maelstrom included the widely viewed ‘Collateral Murder’ video, which shows classified footage from a U.S. helicopter that opened fire on civilians in Iraq, who were mistaken for insurgents … Read More

  • Afghanistan End Game: Event Report

    On Wednesday, August 1, the Pell Center and Newport CIV jointly hosted an evening conversation with two prominent experts on the course of the war in Afghanistan.  Dr. Bernard Finel of the National War College and Dr. Mark Jacobson of the German Marshall Fund of the United States engaged an audience of more than 100 people with assessments of where we stand after nearly 11 years of fighting. America’s war … Read More

  • The Briseno Family: Heroes among Heroes

    In 2004, I was working as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate when I came across a story about a grievously wounded soldier from Northern Virginia and his devoted parents who refused to give up on him. The soldier is Jay Briseno.  An Army reservist, he deployed to Iraq in 2003 and was shot in the back of his neck, severing his spinal cord.  In the course of surgeries … Read More

  • Dennis Weichel: American Hero

    Specialist Dennis Weichel of the Rhode Island National Guard is an American Hero.  He deployed to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and al Qaeda.  He died saving a little girl from being struck by a truck. After more than ten years of persistent conflict around the world, there are some who would say that we have grown desensitized to the loss of American lives overseas.  But Specialist Weichel, the father … Read More

  • ANALYSIS: How do you solve a problem like Iran?

    The confrontation over Iran’s nuclear program appears to be heading toward a crescendo—and that’s not the same as a resolution. To be sure, talk of western or Israeli military action against Iran’s nuclear program has been at a low boil for years, now.  In recent weeks, however, the intensity has increased and spiked on Thursday, February 2, when Washington Post columnist David Ignatius wrote: [U.S. Defense Secretary Leon] Panetta believes … Read More