Star Wars by Other Means: Rogue One and Foreign Policy

Carl von Clausewitz famously wrote, “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” In today’s climate, it would be truer to say, “Star Wars is the representation of politics by other means.” From the echoes of Vietnam in A New Hope and company in the 1970s and ‘80s to the heavy-handed anti-imperialistic tones of … Continue reading Star Wars by Other Means: Rogue One and Foreign Policy

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Writing a Novel about Terrorism: When Fiction Becomes Reality

Today’s guest post comes from writer David Bruns. David is a former US Navy submarine officer turned corporate executive turned science fiction writer. In his spare time, he co-authors contemporary thrillers with retired naval intel officer, JR Olson. They write stories based on current events that seem less like fiction every time they read the news. … Continue reading Writing a Novel about Terrorism: When Fiction Becomes Reality

How the Current Generation Is Dishonoring the Greatest Generation

Today’s guest post comes from Barefoot Boomer. Boomer is a career Army officer and strategist. He is also a historian with an emphasis in American and German military history.  The content and opinions of this article are the author’s only and do not reflect the opinions of the United States Army or the Department of Defense. The … Continue reading How the Current Generation Is Dishonoring the Greatest Generation

How do I Talk to my “Boots” About Politics? Retaking the American Narrative in the Marine Corps

This is a guest post from Peter Lucier. Peter Lucier is a Marine veteran (2008-2013) and student at Montana State University. He writes as a member of the Council of Former Enlisted for The Best Defense blog, and is the editor of the soon to be launched Return to Base (rtbmag.com) You can follow him … Continue reading How do I Talk to my “Boots” About Politics? Retaking the American Narrative in the Marine Corps

We know Old Soldiers just fade away, but where do Young Soldiers Go?

When I sat down to write this post, I had planned to say a few things about current veterans’ organizations and ask where the new generation of veterans fits in. However, in doing my research on past veterans organizations, I found that veterans issues have been rife with problems since the very founding of our … Continue reading We know Old Soldiers just fade away, but where do Young Soldiers Go?