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The New DefenseWatch Archive

September 29, 2005: At Home or War US Military Personnel at Risk From Computer Thieves

September 28, 2005: The View From Fallujah

September 27, 2005: Service Academy Culture: The Commission Missed the Point

September 23, 2005: Navy Coward or Conscientious Objector?

September 22, 2005: Sometimes It Takes an Act of Congress

September 20, 2005: Where was the Army National Guard When They Were Needed at Home?

September 20, 2005: Eyewitness to Spec Ops Tragedy in Afghanistan Sets the Record Straight

September 15, 2005: USS Philadelphia Struck by Turkish Freighter in Persian Gulf

September 14, 2005: DefenseWatch Salutes CWO2 Daren Hooks and the Alabama Army National Guard

September 9, 2005: On War #132: Wars and Rumors of Wars

September 9, 2005: With the U.S. Coast Guard Responding to the Hurricane Katrina Disaster

September 2, 2005: The Greenhouse Effect: Heat Rising Around Pentagon

August 30, 2005: BRAC Bites in the Heartland

August 29, 2005: Colonel Receives DSC for Leading Iraqi Commandos

August 26, 2005: Combat Action Badge and Letter Authority

August 23, 2005: Letter Shares Fate of Destroyed SEAL Team In Afghanistan

August 23, 2005: The War In Iraq Brought Music To Their Hearts

August 17, 2005: Russian Submarine Emergency Sheds Light On US Navy Deep Water Rescue Capabilities

August 16, 2005: Mississippi ANG Crew Races To Save Russian Sub Crew

August 11, 2005: Byrne’s Lawyer Says An Affair Is to Blame

August 9, 2005: Challenge: Finding When Older Is Better

July 28, 2005: A Belated Tribute and Apology to A Hero: Adm. Jim Stockdale

July 27, 2005: Capt. Brent Morel, Leading the Charge

July 26, 2005: Good News and Bad: We’re Preparing for Terror Combat Here

July 21, 2005: Marine’s-Eye View of Better Combat Gear

July 21, 2005: The Balloon Goes Up For Army and Marines

July 19, 2005: Tools for the Troops: Useful Field Gear and ‘Ghetto First Aid’

July 14, 2005: A Combat Vet Needed For the Supreme Court

July 13, 2005: Military Families Need More Help & Support

July 12, 2005: The Joint Base Issue: What's Best for All?

July 8, 2005: FMFM 1-A: A Manual For Fighting 4GW

July 7, 2005: Special Report: Captain Penalized After Accusing Iraqi Commander

July 5, 2005: From Landed Gentry to an Unmarked Grave

June 30, 2005: De-escalation Is Best Tactic for Us in Iraq

June 29, 2005: Are China and U.S. On Collision Course?

June 28, 2005: Beyond the Call of Duty

June 27, 2005: On War: In Pacific, The Sun Also Rises

June 24, 2005: Tools of the Soldier: Insurgents' Weapons are old but Effective

June 23, 2005: Coast Guard Scramble Over Deepwater Snag

June 22, 2005: A Lesson for all of us in Letters to POWs

June 21, 2005: XM-8: A Rifle Design for Today's Soldier

June 17, 2005: Small but Decisive Victories in Iraq

June 16, 2005: Judging Our Troops

June 14, 2005: Navigating Financial Hard Times for Military Families

June 10, 2005: Treat the Troops

June 9, 2005: Preparing Soldiers for War in the Mountains

April 7, 2005: Why Are They 'Just Saying No' to Recruiters?

April 6, 2005: New Federal Law Protects Troops' Finances

April 4, 2005: A Big Problem or a Big Lie?

March 28, 2005: A Marine's Farewell to Iraq

March 28, 2005: Women GIs and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

March 22, 2005: How Hard is Wartime Training?

March 16, 2005: On Shakespeare, War and Recruiting Goals

March 11, 2005: The Italian Job

March 8, 2005: Bureaucrats' Inertia Cost the Lives of Our Troops

March 8, 2005: It Wasn't About the Curfew After All

March 3, 2005: Who Wants the U.S. Intervening in Syria?

March 2, 2005: Making Korea a Nooky-Free Zone

February 18, 2005: An Overstretched Army Scrambles to Fill Its Ranks

February 16, 2005: Timing is Key for Death Gratuity

February 7, 2005: Fighting Combat Stress

February 3, 2005: Two Different Reconstruction Stories

January 31, 2005: Not Enough Money, Too Many Recipients

January 24, 2005: For the Record: Imminent Danger Pay Regulations

January 12, 2005: "Everything Went Flying"

January 6, 2005: Lining Up to Steal Your Pension

January 6, 2005: For the Record: Pacific Command Responds to Tsunami

December 29, 2004: Thinking it Through in Iraq: An Exit Strategy

December 21, 2004: Holidays in the Ardennes

December 21, 2004: Lessons from the Bulge

December 17, 2004: A Winter in Hell

December 13, 2004: Humvee Flap Is Not the Real Iraq Problem

December 10, 2004: How the System Shorted Armored Humvees

December 6, 2004: A Hero's Death by Friendly Fire

November 30, 2004: The AWOL Upper Class

November 24, 2004: Falling Morale Hurts Guard Retention

November 17, 2004: Be Most Careful in Judging This Marine

November 9, 2004: Marines Are Ready for Fallujah Fight

November 8, 2004: Holiday Support for the Troops

November 8, 2004: Taking the 'No Go' City

November 2, 2004: What Military People Can Expect in 2005

October 29, 2004: No 'Secret Plan' to Reinstate the Draft

October 25, 2004: Showdown in Fallujah

October 19, 2004: Has Marine Corps Training Gone Soft?

October 12, 2004: Tip of the Iceberg

September 28, 2004: Let Junior Officers Lead

September 27, 2004: Twisting Arms for Re-enlistments

September 24, 2004: Under the Weather

September 13, 2004: Reflections on a Post-9/11 World

September 10, 2004: Soldier For The Truth: Sgt. Samuel Provance

September 7, 2004: The 900-Percent Ripoff

August 31, 2004: Readers Respond to "Soldier Hobbles"

August 24, 2004: The Argument Against Torture

August 23, 2004: One Soldier Hobbles through a Year of Hell

August 18, 2004: The Need is Real

August 13, 2004: The Enemy Within

August 10, 2004: Protecting Karpinski

August 3, 2004: Inadvertently or Not, a Grave Security Breach

August 3, 2004: Readers React to USMC 'Farewell to Corps'

July 26, 2004: Rumsfeld's Strange Remarks

July 20, 2004: Farewell to Corps

July 15, 2004: Say It Ain't So!

July 13, 2004: An Outrageous Interruption

July 12, 2004: Declining Army Standards Led to Scandal

July 7, 2004: Now That the Fourth is Over

July 6, 2004: Unfair, Unbalanced, and Undermining America

June 29, 2004: When a Son Enlists

June 22, 2004: F-22 Raptor Acquisition - A New Tragic-Comedy in 4 Acts

June 15, 2004: The President and Coercive Interrogation

June 8, 2004: Consider the Draft

June 2, 2004: New IRR Policy Victimizes Soldiers

May 25, 2004: Spit-Shining the Old Boots

May 25, 2004: A Military Leader's Sudden Death

May 20, 2004: A Fish Stinks from the Head First

May 12, 2004: Reckless Reporting a Threat to Marines' Families

May 7, 2004: A Disaster, Pure and Simple

May 5, 2004: The AEF Concept Has Been Successful

May 4, 2004: Iraq Dispatch 2: Boots, Helmets and Morale

April 29, 2004: Part-Time Warriors Deserve Full Tricare

April 28, 2004: A Ranger's Death, a Generation's Devotion

April 27, 2004: SillyPutty Armor - Promises to Save Soldiers

April 26, 2004: Malaria-Free at What Price?

April 23, 2004: Another Mission for Veterans

April 21, 2004: Iraq Dispatch 1: The Road to Baghdad

April 21, 2004: Illusions at Home, Combat Realities Abroad

April 19, 2004: Extended in Iraq Four Times

April 14, 2004: Understand Leadership Before You Report It, Part II

April 12, 2004: Depleted Uranium: The Myth that Won't Go Away

April 9, 2004: The U.S. Military is in Real Trouble

April 6, 2004: Can Volunteers Be Conscientious Objectors?

April 2, 2004: Sixty Years after D-Day, We're Pulling Out

March 31, 2004: A Stunning Surprise from the VA

March 30, 2004: Avoid 'Vietnamization' of Iraq

March 29, 2004: Will They Destroy the Base in Order to Reorganize It?

March 26, 2004: Understand Leadership Before You Report It

March 24, 2004: Soldiers Deserve Swift Justice like all Americans

March 24, 2004: Perfunctory Security Clearances a Threat to All

March 17, 2004: Beware the Anger of the Legions

March 16, 2004: Military-Civilian Divide Wider Than Ever

March 12, 2004: Iran: Delivering Armageddon

March 12, 2004: Recycling Saddam

March 10, 2004: Time to Rethink Women in Combat

March 8, 2004: The Soldiering Ethos - Part Three

March 8, 2004: In Michigan, the Ripoff That Wasn't

March 3, 2004: The Young and the Restless

March 3, 2004: The Soldiering Ethos - Part Two

March 2, 2004: When Heroes Come Home, Fakes Emerge

March 1, 2004: The Soldiering Ethos - Part One

March 1, 2004: A Stunning Disclosure on Illegals in the Military

February 24, 2004: Some Questions for Scott Ritter

February 23, 2004: Most Marines Oppose New Okinawa Tour Plan

February 20, 2004: Quemoy and Matsu, Deja Vu

February 19, 2004: Who Banned the U.S. Flag in Kirkuk?

February 18, 2004: A Man, a General, and a Father

February 17, 2004: For the Record: Zarqawi Letter to al Qaeda

February 17, 2004: Washington's Defense Budget Backslide

February 13, 2004: Finding 'Ground Truth' in Cyberspace

February 13, 2004: Special Report: 'Going to Fight in Iraq?'

February 12, 2004: GI Ingenuity Unleashed in Iraq

February 11, 2004: 'It's So Overwhelmingly Male Here!'

February 5, 2004: A DUI Policy That Worked

February 4, 2004: U.S. Should Study Germany's Military Overhaul

January 29, 2004: The 'Peace Dividend' Returns to Haunt Us

January 28, 2004: Marines Divided over Traffic Violation Policy

January 27, 2004: The 'Stars and Stripes' - Not Forever

January 27, 2004: Terrorism Campaign Report Is Seriously Flawed

January 21, 2004: An American Foreign Legion

January 21, 2004: A New Generation of Combat Stress

January 16, 2004: Another Backdoor Attack on Vets

January 14, 2004: From Karbala Gap to Credibility Gap

January 12, 2004: Get Proactive Against the Terrorists

January 12, 2004: The 'Hearts and Minds' Game

January 8, 2004: Tactical Evolution, or Tactical Desperation?

January 7, 2004: Confront the Looming U.S. Military Crisis

January 7, 2004: Combat Stress is Not Cowardice

January 6, 2004: Solving the Terror Matrix

December 19, 2003: Back to Iraq - with a Florida Detour

December 18, 2003: Saddam's Capture Validates our Tactics

December 16, 2003: Bring Back the Embeds

December 12, 2003: Make Citizen-Soldiers Part of Total Force Again

December 12, 2003: End the Army's 'Uniform Chaos'

December 11, 2003: Sgt. James Alford: They Finally Did the Right Thing

December 11, 2003: Sgt. James Alford: A Leadership Failure

December 10, 2003: No Court Martial for Lt. Col. West

December 9, 2003: Back into the Fight

December 3, 2003: Witch Hunt or Valid Court-Martial Case?

December 3, 2003: The Helicopter's Grim Future in Modern Combat

December 2, 2003: Study Long-Term Impact of New USMC Policies

December 1, 2003: A Rare Victory over the Army Bureaucrats

December 1, 2003: Iraq: Lies and Predictions

November 26, 2003: The Osama-Saddam Connection Proved

November 26, 2003: Iraqi Resistance Is on the Rise

November 25, 2003: Two American Soldiers, Two Iraqi Brides

November 25, 2003: It's About the Troops, Stupid!

November 21, 2003: Iraq Is Not Vietnam

November 21, 2003: Grieving Military Families Need to See the President

November 21, 2003: Don't Repeat the Mistakes of Vietnam

November 20, 2003: In Defense of Lt. Col. Alan B. West

November 19, 2003: On the Lighter Side: Little-Known WWII Facts

November 19, 2003: 'Army of None' Must Save Itself

November 19, 2003: Not Too Late for an Iraqi Exit Strategy

November 18, 2003: Notes from the Islamic Front in War of Ideas

November 17, 2003: Same Old Story - Combat Gear Comes Too Late

November 17, 2003: Lynch Story Reveals More Than Media Deception

November 14, 2003: West Incident Reveals Senior Leadership Failure

November 14, 2003: Who Is the American Soldier?

November 13, 2003: The Peace Offer that Wasn't

November 13, 2003: Why We Are Losing the Peace in Iraq

November 13, 2003: Junk the Awards Process and Start Over

November 12, 2003: A Day at Baltimore Airport

November 12, 2003: A Veterans Day Salute from Toby Keith

November 10, 2003: A Quiet Campaign for a New Vietnam Memorial

November 10, 2003: Reign in Religious Zealots In the Military

November 10, 2003: The Limits to Diversity in the Military

November 6, 2003: Leadership Failure in a Troubled MP Unit

November 5, 2003: The Betrayals Continue

November 5, 2003: New Army Brigade Plan Is Dangerous

November 4, 2003: A Long-Ago Lesson on How to Win the Peace

October 31, 2003: Two Heroes, Two Wars, One Memory

October 31, 2003: Ethics and a Marine Corps Probe

October 30, 2003: Presidents, Soldiers, and Lies

October 29, 2003: A Purple Heart That Means Justice

October 27, 2003: Army Needs More Combat Soldiers, Not Divisions

October 24, 2003: Gone and Apparently Forgotten: The Marines of Beirut

October 24, 2003: Yet Another 10 Things I Do Not Know or Understand

October 24, 2003: Safer in Baghdad Than in Most American Cities

October 22, 2003: We Have A Situation Here, Mr. President

October 22, 2003: Sick Soldiers, Self-Deception and Spin

October 21, 2003: The Landstuhl Shuffle

October 20, 2003: And From Iraq, the Good News Is...

October 20, 2003: Hard Work Will Forestall a Morass in Iraq

October 17, 2003: Schoomaker Plan Should Get Intense Scrutiny

October 17, 2003: Army Transformation Is Not Enough: Expand the Force

October 16, 2003: Mixed Review on Support to Veterans

October 14, 2003: Uncovering the Truth About Going to War

October 10, 2003: Memories Fade, But Air Defense Mission Goes On

October 9, 2003: The American Muslim Council - A Wahhabi Front

October 9, 2003: Secretary Roche's Leadership Failure

October 8, 2003: The Curse of 'Active Duty Bigotry'

October 6, 2003: Clark: Dark Horse or Clinton 'Stalking Horse'?

October 3, 2003: A Nuclear Iran - the MAD Hatter's Dance

October 3, 2003: Would You Do the Things He Did? Could You?

September 26, 2003: When Johnny (and his Family) Come Marching Home

September 26, 2003: Not the Time for 'Designer Battle Dress'

September 25, 2003: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

September 24, 2003: Progress in Iraq is Real

September 24, 2003: Media's Dark Cloud a Danger

September 22, 2003: Another Potential Threat to Reservists -- Unemployment

September 19, 2003: Troops Deserve Clear Answers

September 19, 2003: What Happened to NCO Leadership?

September 19, 2003: Send the Reservists Home!

September 17, 2003: The Secretary of Denial

September 17, 2003: Scouts to the Rescue

September 16, 2003: An Open Letter to the Troops

September 16, 2003: War in the South - Military Incursions, Questionable Loyalties

September 12, 2003: An Unfinished War

September 12, 2003: After Two Years

September 10, 2003: The Things We Must Never Forget

September 10, 2003: Air Force Academy: They Still Don't Get It

September 9, 2003: They're Still Asking, 'Who's to Blame?'

September 8, 2003: The Day We Found the Tunnel

September 8, 2003: A Mother's Campaign to Cool the Sweltering Troops

September 5, 2003: A Letter from Tikrit

September 5, 2003: Making Warfighters out of Support Troops

September 4, 2003: Rotation Plan Confirms Army Is Overstressed

September 3, 2003: Burning a Cold War Legacy

September 3, 2003: Army Silence over Mystery Illness Is Troubling

September 2, 2003: Gender, Lies, and Valor: Part 4 - A Silver Star by the Original Rules

August 29, 2003: Gender, Lies, and Valor: Part 3 - Army Doctrine Doomed the 507th

August 28, 2003: Gender, Lies, and Valor: Part 2 - Air Force Resists 'Medal Inflation'

August 27, 2003: Gender, Lies, and Valor: Part 1 - Lynch Deserved Praise, but Not the Medal

August 26, 2003: A Lesson From John Paul Vann

August 25, 2003: Pentagon Abandoning Capt. Speicher - Again

August 22, 2003: Go After Those Who Incited the Bombers

August 21, 2003: The War at Home

August 18, 2003: The Manpad Threat - An Update

August 18, 2003: The War On Our Southern Border

August 11, 2003: A Tale of Three Ships

August 8, 2003: Into Harm's Way with the Stryker

August 8, 2003: Is It Fresh Blood, or a Putsch?

August 7, 2003: Will the Army Troop Rotation Plan Work?

August 6, 2003: Lifesaver or Threat to the Troops?

August 5, 2003: A Futures Market for Terror

August 5, 2003: Readers Respond to 'Childbirth at Sea' Incident

August 4, 2003: 4th Infantry Division Leadership 'Needs to be Fired'

August 1, 2003: The Real Story from Iraq

July 31, 2003: For Want of Adequate Life Jacket, a Marine Dies

July 30, 2003: A Tradition of Lack of Intelligence

July 29, 2003: Admitting a Guerrilla War After All

July 25, 2003: Not Much to Celebrate on the Korean DMZ

July 25, 2003: A Lone Hero and His 'Buy America' Campaign

July 24, 2003: Medal of Honor Hero: Staff Sgt. Thomas E. McCall

July 24, 2003: A 9/11 Widow Meets the Troops

July 23, 2003: Childbirth Incident One 'First' The Military Didn't Need


2004 DefenseWatch. All opinions expressed in this article are the author's and do not necessarily reflect those of Military.com.

 



 



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