Women in Combat
January 21, 2013

Defense Department "Diversity" Push for Women in Land Combat

The Center for Military Readiness has released a new CMR Special Report, titled Defense Department "Diversity" Push for Women in Land CombatThe 42-page document provides independent analysis of the Marine Corps research program that was initiated in April 2012, in order to gather information on the prospects for women in direct ground combat (infantry) battalions.  . . . Read More

December 18, 2012

A Wall Street Journal article titled "Draft Army Handbook Wades Into Divisive Afghan Issue" has sparked controversy about the American military's response to jihadist culture in the Middle East.  According to reporter Dion Nissenbaum, a draft version of an Army report about the "social-cultural shock" in Afghanistan "suggests that Western ignorance of Afghan culture, not Taliban infiltration, has helped drive the recent spike in deadly attacks by Afghan soldiers against coalition forces."  

The Army handbook reportedly instructs American soldiers in Afghanistan to avoid discussions of Islam or any other religion . . . Read More

November 13, 2012

For many months, the Center for Military Readiness has been analyzing the Marine Corps's plan to research the possibility of assigning women to infantry battalions. General James Amos, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, announced the multi-phased research project with a Memo to All Marines on April 23, 2012.   Michael O'Hanlon of the Brookings Institution has written an article about that project, still in progress, and its implications for the future of the Marine Corps:

With admirable clarity, O'Hanlon describes the physical demands of the Marines' Infantry Officer Course (IOC) at Quantico, VA:  . . . Read More

September 6, 2012

"Peace Through Strength" vs. Obama World View

National political platforms are important for the insight they provide into the character of party leaders who write and approve them.  In both substance and process, differences between the Republican and Democratic National Committee Platforms are consequential and relevant to voters considering the likely direction of the next administration and the 113th Congress.

In Tampa, Florida, and Charlotte, North Carolina, both political parties approved platforms that differ on  . . . Read More

September 5, 2012

Strengthening the All-Volunteer Force

The 2012 Republican National Platform, titled We Believe in America, includes this affirmation: "We are the party of peace through strength."  The unequivocal statement is supported by a comprehensive platform section "American Exceptionalism," which clearly signals a positive turn toward national security as the highest priority in a future Romney/Ryan Administration.  The following excerpts from that section, which address military/social issues,  . . . Read More

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