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Is the U.S. Air Force really necessary?

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 3/17/14, 11:00 am

Robert Farley, a political science professor at the University of Kentucky, wants to ground the U.S. Air Force, for good.

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Battle ready, gender neutralized?

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 3/03/14, 12:00 pm

Army Spc. Karen Arvizu typically drives Humvees or transport trucks at Fort Stewart in Georgia, but for the past three weeks, she and 59 other women soldiers have been putting on 70 pounds of body armor, lifting 65-pound missiles and shooting .50-caliber machine guns. They’re making history as part of an Army study that will determine how all soldiers—including women—will be deemed fit to join the front lines.

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Protests mire Marines in Okinawa base relocation fight

Military
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 2/24/14, 01:50 pm

For 10 years, Hiroshi Ashitomi has been coming to the beach near his Okinawa home every day to sit in protest. Like many Okinawans, Ashitomi opposes a plan to move a controversial U.S. Marine base to a less crowded part of the southern Japanese island. The proposed location for the new airstrip—Ashitomi’s favorite beach—is the epicenter of the opposition.

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