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Tag Archives: Air Force

Publications – Air Force buys Brazilian airplanes for Afghan pilots

With all the focus on budget cuts, I found a program I think the military could and should spend more on, and in the Air Force at that: Just before the New Year, the U.S. Air Force finally selected a new Light Air Support plane for ground attack in counterinsurgency, picking the Brazilian Super Tucano [...]

Publications – Keeping faith with our veterans

The AOL Defense website has published another piece of mine on the human side of this war, entitled “The Next 10 Years: Keeping faith with our veterans“: Americans are understandably weary of our nation’s longest war. But even when the last troops come home from Afghanistan – which they won’t for at least three years [...]

In Their Own Words: Carla and Matthew Wiese on War, Parenthood, and PTSD

            We were always under the impression that the Air Force would do as much as they could to avoid deploying us simultaneously, especially since we were dual-military and we had a child at home. But obviously we knew that the possibility could arise, and that’s what happened.             It’s quite a bit different taking [...]

In Their Own Words – Erik Crouch and Ryan Schloesser on the battle for Mullah Wasir

They had a whole trench network laid out, they had bunker complexes. They were prepared for us…. It was probably only a couple seconds before one of the enemy from on the hilltop was able to get a shot off and shot the other medic in the head…. …we were taking rounds just over my [...]

Commentary – six things NOT to cut from the defense budget

I guess I’m learning to be a pundit. This week’s discussion on the National Journal expert blog is about cutting the defense budget, but I answered the question on my own terms, meaning not at all, and talked about six things not to cut: I’m not a budget expert. I’m not a business process expert. [...]

Publications – 2004-2010 articles telling individual stories

Learning From Veterans began as a project I did interviewing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for my longtime employer, National Journal. NJ relies on subscription revenue and guards its archives jealously, but the editors there have generously unlocked all my articles that draw on these military oral histories and made them available to the public for [...]

Publications – 2004-2010 articles on military technology

Learning From Veterans began as a project I did interviewing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for my longtime employer, National Journal. NJ relies on subscription revenue and guards its archives jealously, but the editors there have generously unlocked all my articles that draw on these military oral histories and made them available to the public for [...]

Publications – 2004-2010 articles on the human cost

Learning From Veterans began as a project I did interviewing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for my longtime employer, National Journal. NJ relies on subscription revenue and guards its archives jealously, but the editors there have generously unlocked all my articles that draw on these military oral histories and made them available to the public for [...]

Publications – 2004-2010 articles on military operations

Learning From Veterans began as a project I did interviewing Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for my longtime employer, National Journal. NJ relies on subscription revenue and guards its archives jealously, but the editors there have generously unlocked all my articles that draw on these military oral histories and made them available to the public for [...]

Appearances – Dartmouth lecture – video now online

The full video of my lecture at Dartmouth (yes, the one from Veterans’ Day) is now online on, of all things, YouTube, which I had previously associated with the blurrily filmed antics of drunken teenagers. The full video is almost an hour and a half long. If you don’t have that much time, I’d suggest [...]