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Can Bowe Bergdahl Get a Fair Trial After Being Publicly Called a Traitor?

Bowe Bergdahl trialSince his release from Taliban captivity in 2014, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been labeled as a deserter or a traitor by the media, former servicemembers—and even Donald Trump.

After a year's worth of bad press, Bergdahl’s lawyer wonders whether he could get a fair chance to defend himself against charges stemming from his 2009 disappearance from his post in Afghanistan.


U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to open all jobs to women

Navy ad Marines open all jobs to womenIntegration of the sexes in the U.S. Armed Forces took a giant leap as U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced both the Navy and the Marine Corps will now allow women to hold any job they offer.

The move comes after a series of measures by top U.S. military officials to study how such integration could be possible. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for a reviews of integration obstacles by October 1.


The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History

US Military posts worldwideWith the US military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of US bases and hundreds of thousands of US troops still encircle the globe.

Although few know it, the United States garrisons the planet unlike any country in history, and the evidence is on view from Honduras to Oman, Japan to Germany, Singapore to Djibouti.


Pentagon halts work at Defense labs handling toxins, anthrax

Pentagon closes anthrax facilityThe U.S. Army on Thursday ordered the immediate halt of activity and a safety review of all Defense Department labs handling toxic biologic agents, including anthrax, after contaminated material was found outside a primary containment area in a Utah military lab.

The Pentagon said anthrax contamination was found "in secure areas located outside the primary containment area but still contained within the special enclosed lab for holding these materials" at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The area was immediately decontaminated and has since found to be clear of the deadly agent. No one was injured.


The West Point Professor Who Contemplated a Coup

West PointOn Monday, West Point law professor William C. Bradford resigned after The Guardian reported that he had allegedly inflated his academic credentials. Bradford made headlines last week, when the editors of the National Security Law Journal denounced a controversial article by him in their own summer issue:

As the incoming Editorial Board, we want to address concerns regarding Mr. Bradford’s contention that some scholars in legal academia could be considered as constituting a fifth column in the war against terror; his interpretation is that those scholars could be targeted as unlawful combatants.


Okinawans decry noise, chemical pollution at US bases across island

Okinawa bases pollution protestedSeventy years after the end of World War II, there are 32 U.S. military facilities in Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Many of the U.S. bases there are concentrated in the crowded southern part of the island

. The sparsely populated north is home to the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Gonsalves and the Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC). The northern and central training areas make up a 37,000-acre expanse of rugged subtropical jungle that includes the U.S.’s only site designated for practicing jungle warfare and have played a major role in training since before the Vietnam War.


New Army chief ponders momentous decision on women in combat

Women in combatThe Army's new chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, is taking a calculated approach to arguably the most consequential decision of his early tenure — whether to recommend that any all-male combat roles remain closed to women.

Central to his thinking, he said in an Associated Press interview Friday, is the question of whether allowing women to serve in the infantry, armor and other traditionally male-only fields would affect Army "readiness" for war.


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