• On a night when his former Nirvana band mates were being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jason Everman just wanted to drink in a quiet bar.

  • Before he leaves on another deployment to Afghanistan, a military officer has to break the news to his family.

  • On average, military bases are safer than similarly sized American cities. The violence at Fort Hood may best be explained as a workplace shooting, not a uniquely military tragedy.

News & Opinion

    Perpective

    You’re Safer on an Army Base

    On average, military bases are safer than similarly sized American cities. The violence at Fort Hood may best be explained as a workplace shooting, not a uniquely military tragedy.

    Duty

    The Army vs. The Hero of Ft. Hood

    Kimberly Munley was shot three times taking down Nidal Hasan in 2009. Then she got laid off. Yet she’s never stopped fighting for the victims the military ‘betrayed.’

    NOT AGAIN

    ‘Clean Record’ for Ft Hood Shooter

    While the gunman’s motive is still unclear in Wednesday’s deadly incident at the Texas Army base, military officials say he had "mental-health issues."

    Boom

    Six Taliban Killed With One Bullet

    The British military said it believes a lance corporal surpassed all previous records with one pull of the trigger.

    READY, AIM, FIRED!

    Cleaning House at Nuke Command

    The recent firings at a Montana Air Force base address cheating, but not the real issue, says a retired officer: the lack of leadership within the nuclear missile group.

    Underreported

    Women Don’t Shy Away From Combat

    A news report errs when it says that not many women in the military are interested in combat roles. The statistics tell a different story.

    Sex & the Military

    How Did the General Get Off?

    A top Army officer faced life imprisonment on sexual assault charges and other crimes but walked away Thursday with a minor reprimand. How did that happen?

    Highest Honor

    Military Heroes Past and Future

    On Tuesday President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans of past wars. Later this year an Afghanistan veteran will join them in receiving the nation’s highest honor.

    A History of Military Ultimatums

    We run through some important modern ultimatums to show why governments make them, and what—if anything—they accomplish.

Features

    Son of a Gun

    He Left Nirvana for Iraq

    On a night when his former Nirvana band mates were being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jason Everman just wanted to drink in a quiet bar.

    Afghanistan

    Telling My Kids I'm Going to War

    Before he leaves on another deployment to Afghanistan, a military officer has to break the news to his family.

    Shady

    The Taliban’s Shadow Invasion

    On March 1, the Islamabad government cut a deal with the Taliban. And since then, all hell has been breaking loose in neighboring Afghanistan.

    Afghanistan

    How I’ll End Our Longest War

    An American military officer leaving on one of the last deployments to Afghanistan before the war ends, writes about his experiences in a new feature for The Daily Beast.

    Heroes

    The Medal of Honor Disgrace

    The system for military awards is broken. The Medal of Honor has been awarded only 13 times in more than a decade of conflict while deserving recipients are passed over.

    Now You See It…

    The Best Stealth Fighter

    The U.S. military likes to think it makes the world’s most sophisticated combat aircraft. Think again.

    Invisible Wounds

    An Amazing New Way to Fix Trauma

    Thanks to a new invention, we’re finally learning how to diagnose and treat the lingering affects of explosive events that have led to a mass of traumatic brain injuries in veterans.

    Finally Home

    The WWII Hero America Abandoned

    For more than 50 years, Army PFC Lawrence S. Gordon was mistakenly interred as a German soldier in a cemetery in France. The U.S. never corrected the mistake.

    Pentagon Not Ready for Cold War 2

    The U.S. military spent decades pivoting away from its Cold War stance. Now the Pentagon is less prepared than it has been in generations for a confrontation with Russia.

    Go Green

    Meet the Original 'Fighting Irish’

    The 69th Infantry Regiment will lead New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade as they have for over a century. Dubbed the “Fighting 69th” in the Civil War the unit maintains its traditions.

Art & Culture

    War Stories

    The Surreal Terror of Iraq

    A surreal and haunting collection of stories about the spectacle of violence and how war worms its way into daily life by Iraqi author, Hassan Blasim.

    Aim True

    The Profanity of War

    With his new collection of short stories Redeployment, Marine Corps veteran Phil Klay has written brilliant, true, and winning fiction on the Iraq War, writes Brian Castner.

    Homefront

    Between Boredom and Terror

    From the frontlines of America’s war in Afghanistan a Yale graduate turned Army warrior reflected on his experience in letters home. Now he’s put those letters together and they reveal a man comforted by the trivial and questioning why he is there.

    PTSD

    Veteran Exorcisms

    A new book about a veteran undergoing exorcisms to purge himself of demons struggles with important questions about the costs of war and the nature of PTSD.

    Unremarried Widow

    In War, What Remains

    Before he died, he wrote me a letter that I would find among the boot blousers and carabiners and thumbed-through magazines that the military shipped home.

    Contracted

    Who Should Kill?

    The founder and CEO of controversial military contractor Blackwater is out to defend his record and celebrate his success in his new memoir, but veteran and military contractor Brian Castner says that the book misses the big questions here.

    The Hero Project

    Through the Gunner’s Lens

    While deployed to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, Ed Drew created images using the tintype process, a documentary method last used in a combat zone in the Civil War. See photos.

    Creating Art After War

    Art isn’t only a form of therapy for veterans; some just want to express themselves. Expanding opportunities for veterans in creative fields would benefit them and the art world.

    War of the Future


    The Military’s Sci-Fi Manual

    Ender’s Game isn’t just routine Hollywood fare. It’s based on a book with a cult following among America’s military brass and is now required reading for new Marines.

    PTSD

    Fight on the Home Front

    What happens when Americans return from war? David Finkel’s book answers that question with disturbing and painful detail. Veteran Matt Gallagher reflects.