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    Canada Completes Mission in Afghanistan

    Canada’s final remaining training troops in Afghanistan will soon return home. The official lowering of the flag ceremony took place on March 11, signaling an end to over 12 years of commitment from the country. On October 8, 2001—just one day after the United States began operations in Afghanistan—Canada announced … More

    Give the Marines a Kabar, Not a FUBAR

    FUBAR is military jargon for “fouled up beyond all recognition.” Kabar is the knife Marines carry. As things stand with sequestration, servicemen and women who protect our nation’s security stand to receive far more of the former and fewer of the latter. The Syrian imbroglio has, for the moment, obscured … More

    Afghanistan: Levin Sets Low Bar for Future Troop Levels

    With the 2014 deadline for the end of U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan fast approaching, there are many questions regarding the number of troops that will remain in the country. In a recent statement, Senator Carl Levin (D–MI) told reporters, “The number I think [will] be a small number.… My … More

    Air Force Celebrates 66th Birthday

    Today we celebrate the 66th birthday of the United States Air Force (USAF). The USAF has much to boast. It developed aerial combat and produced the nation’s first flying Ace. In World War I, it conquered the skies of Western Europe. In June 1942, it accomplished the inconceivable by flying … More

    EU Begins Woefully Inadequate Training Mission in Mali

    European troops have begun training Malian forces to help ensure security and stability following a planned French withdrawal in July. From the start, the mission is unlikely to succeed. The program has too few European trainers and will train a paltry four Malian battalions—roughly 2,600 soldiers—to secure a country twice … More

    Iraq: Take a Day to Remember

    Today is the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq. There will be much heated debate and discussion today about how the war began, why it began, and the results of all the effort, cost, and lives. These are all legitimate questions, but this day should be … More

    Don’t Pull U.S. Troops Out of Europe

    Throughout recent federal budget discussions, strategies to pull America out of recession, and the potential for massive cuts to national security, one cost cutting idea has been to withdraw U.S. military forces from Europe. The primary arguments behind such proposals are that this will save money immediately and that these … More

    In Afghanistan, France Retreats While Georgia Advances

    During the same week that France announced it has retreated early from Afghanistan, the tiny NATO-aspirant country of Georgia announced that it has doubled its troop contribution to the NATO-led mission. The Taliban, unsurprisingly, issued a statement calling on other NATO members to follow France’s example. For the sake of … More

    Inspector General Is Crucial in the Rebuilding of Afghanistan

    Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. Sopko, who took over on July 2, 2012, has made significant progress in the short period of time he has been in charge. In October, a SIGAR investigation found that an Afghan contractor had “failed to install metal grates to prevent … More

    Morning Bell: We Can't Give Up on Afghanistan

    Yesterday marked the 11-year anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, which was launched just three and a half weeks after the 9/11 attacks. Recently, U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan reached the 2,000 mark. These markers—combined with the horror of “insider attacks” by Afghan soldiers against allied fighters—beg an accounting … More